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6:45 PM ET, January 25, 2010

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Apple:
Apple Reports First Quarter Results  —  All-Time Highest Revenue and Profit New Accounting Standards Adopted  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2010 first quarter ended December 26, 2009.  The Company posted revenue of $15.68 billion and a net quarterly profit of $3.38 billion, or $3.67 per diluted share.
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AppleInsider:
Apple profits soar 50% on record sales of 3.36M Macs, 8.7M iPhones  —  Apple said Monday that first-quarter profits shot up more than 50 percent to $3.38 billion, or $3.67 per diluted share, on record sales of $15.68 billion for the three-month period ended December 26, 2009.
Peter Farago / blog.flurry.com:
Apple Tablet: The Second Stage Media Booster Rocket  —  Insights from Tracking 200 Apps Across 50 Apple Tablets in Testing  —  Using Flurry Analytics, the company identified approximately 50 devices that match the characteristics of Apple's rumored tablet device.
Mary Childs / Bloomberg:
Apple May Allow All U.S. Carriers to Sell IPhone  —  Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. may release the iPhone to all U.S. wireless carriers in the next 18 months, doubling or tripling the number of devices sold, said Tim Horan, a telecommunications analyst at Oppenheimer & Co.
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Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless to store managers: Wednesday is a big day  —  Uh oh.  More Apple tablet-related news?  It would appear so, as we have just been briefed on what could be a solid Apple / Verizon connection.  —  One of our connects just told us that Verizon Wireless has a “kick off” …
Cody Barbierri / VentureBeat:
Rumored Apple iPad advertisment surfaces  —  Just days before Apple's special event to launch what is said to be a tablet computer, a possible tablet advertisement has surfaced according to French blog NoWhereElse.fr. The video, now posted on YouTube (and embedded below) …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The First Apple Tablet Commercial?  No Way.  —  Earlier today, the French site Nowhereelse.fr posted a video of what looks to be a commercial for Apple's new tablet device, expected to be unveiled on Wednesday during an Apple event in San Francisco.  The video led VentureBeat to wonder …
Discussion: eWeek and PC World
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Publishers talk about Apple's tablet  —  We had a chance to speak with a few friends in the publishing business last week.  Both work in Manhattan for companies not previously quoted by the Wall St. Journal or Bloomberg but who were recently contacted by Apple with tablet information in the past two weeks.
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Alan Long / Hitwise Intelligence:
The Apple Tablet - iWonder!
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Screenwerk
Nick Baum / The Official Google Blog:
Extensions, bookmark sync and more for Google Chrome  —  Today we're excited to introduce a new stable release of Google Chrome for Windows, which includes two of the browser's most frequently requested features: extensions and bookmark sync.  —  Extensions let you add new features and functions to your browser.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Sun CEO Set to Resign  —  If Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz's recent all-hands memo to employees had all the sentimentality of a farewell letter, it's likely because he's preparing to leave the company.  Sources close to Sun (JAVA) tell me Schwartz will soon resign as CEO, leaving the company …
Electronista:
IDC: Android to overtake iPhone, BlackBerry by 2013  —  Android will rise to be the second most used mobile OS in the world by 2013, according to a new IDC estimate.  Analysts still expect Symbian to hold on to its lead but that Google's OS will have grown 100 times larger since starting off in 2008 …
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Sinead Carew / Reuters:   Droid to help Verizon narrow gap with AT&T
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Some SEO Advice For Bill Gates  —  What do you get for Bill Gates, the richest person in the world?  How about a little free SEO advice for his new blog?  It could use some.  —  Bill, I went looking for your blog today on Google.  Sorry, like many people, I have a habit of using that search engine first.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Who Needs iTunes? doubleTwist Partners With T-Mobile, Now Bundled On Some Android Phones  —  Big news for doubleTwist, the iTunes alternative that allows you to manage media for hundreds of devices, including Android phones, the Palm Pre, and BlackBerry.  Tomorrow, the company will announce …
Chris Gourlay / Times of London:
OMG: brains can't handle all our Facebook friends  —  WE may be able to amass 5,000 friends on Facebook but humans' brains are capable of managing a maximum of only 150 friendships, a study has found.  —  Robin Dunbar, professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Oxford University …
Christopher Blizzard:
HTML5 video and H.264 - what history tells us and why we're standing with the web  —  For background on the free software angle on this story please check out Robert O'Callahan's post on this topic.  Also check out Mike Shaver's shorter background post as well.
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Will Idealism be Firefox's Downfall?
Nancy Gohring / PC World:
Microsoft Accidentally Posts Windows Mobile 6.5 SDK  —  Microsoft accidentally published the Windows Mobile 6.5 SDK (software developers kit) on Friday but has since pulled it, the company said.  —  Developers discovered the SDK on Microsoft's Download site.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Revealed!  Facebook's Plan To Double Its Revenues  —  Starting as soon as sometime this week, the 75 million monthly active users playing Zynga's FarmVille will have a new way to buy virtual tractors and seeds; they'll be able to “Pay With Facebook.”  —  With 25 million daily active users …
Discussion: All Facebook
David Morgan / Reuters:
Bill Gates says Internet needs to thrive in China  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp Chairman Bill Gates on Monday said the Internet needs to thrive in China as an engine of free speech and described official online censorship by Beijing as “very limited.”
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Factery Labs' New Fact Engine: Just What Real-Time Search Needs  —  Not a month goes by without someone launching a new real-time search engine; but after trying out most of them, there are few I use on a regular basis.  Factery Labs is about to change that with today's launch of its real-time fact engine at 1:00 pm ET.
Discussion: TechCrunch, MediaPost and CNET News
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
CTO Cahall Out - As AOL Buys a Video Platform Company for $36.5 Million and Opens NY Tech Center (Press Releases, Memos - Natch!)  —  While AOL denied last week a report last week suggesting that he was leaving, CTO Ted Cahall is actually, um, leaving.  —  Oops!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
StockTwits Acquires Abnormal Returns, Creates Real Time Financial News Hub  —  StockTwits, a real time platform for the sharing of information around financial markets, has made it's second acquisition - a financial news site called Abnormal Returns, founded by Tadas Viskanta.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Reader Can Now Track Changes on Any Website  —  Google just announced an interesting update to Google Reader.  Google's online feed reader now allows you to track changes on any page - even those that don't feature an RSS feed.  Google will create its own custom feeds for these sites …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Future Of Music Business Models (And Those Who Are Already There)  —  I'm at the Midem conference this week, and in preparing for it, Steven Masur asked me to write up a chapter for a book he was putting together of thoughts from various thinkers for a gathering of the International Association …
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Mark Briggs / Lost Remote:
A Foursquare first: teaming with a news org  —  Location-based digital services are exploding all around us.  Integration and consolidation of these services is inevitable, so let the partnerships begin.  —  Metro, Canada's largest free daily newspaper, announced today it is the first news publisher …
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
HipChat Takes On Campfire And Yammer As It Launches To The Public
Discussion: GigaOM
Imran Hussain / ithinkdifferent:
Microsoft releases an awesome Silverlight 4 Beta Client for Facebook …
Discussion: Redmond Pie, Thanks:imhassan
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Creepy Chrome ads unintentionally highlight Google data mining
Discussion: PSFK
AppleInsider:
Apple plans second fix for flickering 27-inch iMacs - reports
Discussion: Discussions and MacNN
AT&T:
AT&T Wi-Fi Handles More Than 85 Million Total Connections in 2009 …
Bianca Male / Silicon Alley Insider:
Irish Startup Raises $230,000 Using Only LinkedIn
Sarmad Ali / Digits:
Holy Tweet: Pope Urges Priests to Use Digital Tools
 Earlier Items: 
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Analysts see Project Natal adding billions to Microsoft's revenue
Thanks:johnhcook
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
‘ScamVille’ Lawsuit Against Facebook Dropped
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Social media is finally about the media
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Visualize Dissent: Turkish Users Protest Censorship Using Google Maps
Discussion: Maximum PC
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
ARM-Based Mobile PCs to Outsell Intel Systems in 2013: ABI
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Boy Genius Report
Bloomberg:
Acer to Offer Applications Store, E-Book Reader This Year to Boost Profit