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10:15 AM ET, October 20, 2009


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Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple execs book flight time for mystery product, ‘not iPhone’, bafflement follows  —  We're deciphering Apple executives and their fourth quarter statements right now - but the initial take away at this stage is the company's mysterious admission that “air freight costs” are set to rise “abnormally” in the company's first quarter.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple earnings: How the analysts got it so wrong  —  Everybody failed to predict Cupertino's blowout quarter, but some failed worse than others  —  “Well, that was quite embarrassing!” writes “deagol,” a widely read amateur analyst whose estimate of Apple's (AAPL) fourth quarter earnings fell 16% short …
Apple profits surge 46% on record sales of 3M Macs, 7.4M iPhones  —  Apple said Monday that fourth-quarter profits rose more than 46 percent to 1.67 billion, or $1.82 per diluted share, on sales of $9.87 billion for the three-month period ended September 26, 2009.
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
The new iPod nano: A flop?
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple to introduce host of new machines, new multitouch input devices tomorrow?  —  We're not sure why John Gruber and Dan Lyons are having some sort of megalomaniacal Apple super-pundit standoff, but we'll sit here and take the spoils: Gruber's just one-upped Lyons's earlier vague tease …
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Barnes & Noble ‘Nook’ e-reader with color touchscreen out Tuesday for $259, says WSJ (update: Best Buy connection?)  —  Looks like the cat's out of the bag.  The Wall Street Journal's had a glimpse at what it says is an upcoming ad for Barnes & Noble's impending announcement …
Daniel Roth / Wired News:
The Answer Factory: Fast, Disposable, and Profitable as Hell  —  If Christian Muñoz-Donoso is going to make this job pay, he's got to move quickly.  He has a list of 10 videos to shoot on this warm June morning, for which he'll earn just $200.  To get anything close to his usual rate, he'll have to do it all in two hours.
Discussion: MediaMemo and Media Decoder
Kevin Michaluk / blogs:
First Images: BlackBerry Watch is FOR REAL!  —  * Update - Just to be clear as I've seen some confusion in the commments, but as far as we know at this time the inPulse watch is not being made by/for BlackBerry (it won't feature a BlackBerry logo), but is being made for use with BlackBerry Smartphones.
Simon Willison / Simon Willison's Weblog:
This shouldn't be the image of Hack Day  —  I love hack days.  I was working in the vicinity of Chad Dickerson when he organised the first internal Yahoo! Hack Day back in 2005, and I've since participated in hack day events at Yahoo!, Global Radio and the Guardian.
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Why the Borg's copycat business model no longer works  —  So I had brunch with Larry yesterday and he showed up carrying the Sunday Times and we were talking about the huge and incredibly embarrassing photo (above) of Ballmer that they ran on the front of their business cover.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Teen virtual world Meez sees profit  —  Meez, a start-up that expanded last year from an avatar creation service into a full-out virtual world for teens, is touting some good news: it's been profitable since April and “every month is better than the last month,” CEO John Cahill told CNET News.
Discussion: paidContent and VentureBeat
Om Malik / GigaOM:
With N900, Nokia Still Not Close to The iPhone  —  The biggest challenge for any touchscreen smartphone, no matter how good or great, is that it will almost always be compared to the iPhone.  Some of them like Verizon's Droid and Blackberry Storm seek that comparison.  Others are just going to have to deal with it.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and VoIP Watch
Jim Reilly / IGN:
EA: Core Business Model a ‘Burning Platform’  —  EA Sports President Peter Moore gives a look at the future of digital gaming.  —  EA Sports president Peter Moore has painted a grim picture for the future of disc-based videogames.  —  Speaking at the 5th annual PLAY Digital Media Conference during …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Twitter hits five billion tweets  —  Former Current Media executive Robin Sloan appears to have posted Twitter's five billionth tweet, in the form of a reply to another user that otherwise read only “Oh lord.”  —  The landmark status of Sloan's tweet, which he has nicknamed “The Pentagigatweet …
PC World:
AMD Announces First Triple-core Athlon Processors  —  Advanced Micro Devices on Tuesday announced a new range of desktop microprocessors, including its first Athlon triple-core processors.  —  AMD launched four Athlon II X3 triple-core processors as part of a new lineup that slips in between …
Discussion: Softpedia News and Engadget
Steven Levy / Wired News:
Mob Rule!  How Users Took Over Twitter  —  Last August, the people who putatively run Twitter — the small crew that three years ago launched the world's fastest-growing communications medium — announced a relatively minor change in the way the site functions.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gawker
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
LEAKED: Details of the Facebook Home Page Redesign [Screenshots]  —  A few weeks ago, we caught wind that Facebook was testing a new homepage design.  Screenshots revealed a few interesting changes, such as a decrease in size for the Facebook Publisher box and a new, Friendfeed-like “Top News” filter for the news feed.
Duncan Graham-Rowe / Technology Review:
Cell Phones to Go 3-D  —  Embedding microlenses in thin films could bring 3-D movies and games to mobile devices.  —  A new thin-film technology developed by 3M could enable mobile devices such as cell phones to show 3-D images without the need for special glasses.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
T-Mobile Tap coming November 11, Samsung Behold II on November 18?  —  The CLIQ might be getting the lion's share of the Android spotlight on T-Mobile at the moment, but it's not the only Google-equipped gear in the carrier's pipeline — the other big news there would be the Behold II from Samsung …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Internet Archive's BookServer could ‘dominate’ Amazon  —  SAN FRANCISCO—An initiative in the works from the nonprofit Internet Archive to centralize the electronic distribution of commercially viable books could upend the publishing industry and declaw, an industry analyst said.
What, you too?  YouTube to stream live U2 concert  —  U2's concert at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California on Sunday will be streamed live on video-sharing website YouTube, the band have announced.  —  Manager Paul McGuinness said that, as the gig was already being filmed, it was …
Discussion: Reuters
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The New Twitter Hole That Probably Isn't  —  Earlier this evening the LA Times Tech Blog ran a post claming that Google has unrestricted access to Twitter's protected tweets, or, as the Times put it, the “key to the city”.  And you can apparently search those tweets with a not-too-difficult advanced Google search.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and Mashable!
Business Wire:
TomTom Unveils Integrated Navigation Infotainment Solution  —  ~ TomTom GO I-90 Double DIN Solution Brings Integrated Navigation to All Cars ~  —  AMSTERDAM—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The TomTom (AEX:TOM2) GO I-90 doesn't stop at navigation - it's a double DIN navigation and radio solution …
Discussion: SlashGear and Engadget
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Jelli's crowd-sourced radio opens up to the U.S., Australia  —, a Total Request Live-esq Internet radio station, is coming out of beta on Monday night and is expected to announce that it's inked a syndication deal with Triton Digital Media that will get it played …
Discussion: ReadWriteStart
Laura DiDio / ITIC:
ITIC/Sunbelt Software survey: 80% of Users Give Windows 7 High Marks for Compatibility  —  A new independent ITIC/Sunbelt Software survey of nearly 1,500 companies worldwide indicates 60% of respondents will deploy Windows 7.  Nearly one-third of respondents — 30% — say they will migrate …
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
How Local Businesses Can Benefit From Mobile Social Networks  —  Local Businesses Can Benefit From Mobile Social Networks  —  The nearly mainstream social web is now evolving and graduating to mobile devices.  This emerging space of mobile-based social networks are empowering customers …
Discussion: MediaPost, Regular Geek and Bits
Dan Bricklin:
VisiCalc turns 30 and SocialCalc turns 1.0  —  According to my notebook from 1979, 30 years ago today Dan Fylstra, head of Personal Software, our Bay Area publisher, told me that he had the first production VisiCalc packages in hand.  I received mine the next day (Saturday delivery).
Apm / alarm:clock:
Tweet Ad Network Funded  —  LA-based, which has developed in-stream advertising on Twitter, has raised $500K.  The round came from GRP Partners. monetizes Twitter feeds from people who have 7 figure followers, as well as those we have fewer.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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