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5:00 AM ET, July 21, 2010

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Apple:
Apple Reports Third Quarter Results  —  All-Time Record Revenue Earnings Increase 78 Percent  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2010 third quarter ended June 26, 2010.  The Company posted record revenue of $15.7 billion and net quarterly profit of $3.25 billion, or $3.51 per diluted share.
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John Kell / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Profit Jumps 78%
Discussion: Fortune, ZDNet and Fone Arena
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Apple Q3 2010 earnings, Mac up 33%, 8.4 iPhone & 3.27 million iPad sales
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Register
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
First look at “revolutionary” social news iPad app: Flipboard  —  You've seen Twitter clients like TweetDeck or Seesmic, but you've never seen one like this.  —  You've seen news readers like NewsGator, Google Reader, or, even, newer ones for iPad like Pulse, but you've never seen one like this.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Meet Flipboard: Mike McCue Talks About Stealth “Social Magazine” Start-Up That Just Nabbed $10.5 Million in Funding  —  Today, BoomTown gassed up the MINI and headed down to see one of the more innovative new start-ups I have encountered of late.  —  That would be a new social magazine …
Nate Smith / The Official Google Blog:
Ooh!  Ahh!  Google Images presents a nicer way to surf the visual web  —  When you think about “information,” what probably comes to mind are streams of words and numbers.  Google's pretty good at organizing these types of information, but consider all the things you can't express with words …
Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
Facebook Lawyer ‘Unsure’ Whether Founder Mark Zuckerberg Signed Contract  —  A lawyer for Facebook Inc. said she was “unsure” whether company founder Mark Zuckerberg signed a contract that purportedly entitles a New York man to 84 percent of the world's biggest social-networking service.
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Grant McCool / Reuters:   Facebook unrestrained amid NY ownership lawsuit
Agam Shah / PC World:
HP Lists HP Slate 500, Requests PalmPad Trademark  —  Hewlett-Packard has listed the Windows-based HP Slate 500 on its website, and also applied to trademark the term Palmpad, fueling speculation surrounding the company's tablet plans.  —  HP, the world's largest PC maker …
Scott Webster / Crave: The gadget blog:
Droid 2 could be first phone to launch with Froyo  —  The team over at Droid Life got their hands on a photo of what appears to be a pre-release version of the Droid 2 running OS 2.2.  If the the device arrives on schedule next month with Froyo, it would be the first Android handset to launch with the latest version of the platform.
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Droid 2 launching as soon as August 12, embraces Star Wars roots with R2-D2 edition
Discussion: Droid Life and Softpedia News
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Readying For An IPO, Jive Software Raises $30 Million From Kleiner Perkins And Sequoia  —  Jive Software, the maker of an all-in-one social enterprise software, has just raised $30 million in Series C funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers with existing investor Sequoia Capital participating in the round.
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Beta for Next Version of Microsoft Security Essentials Now Available  —  Today we are announcing the beta for the next version of Microsoft Security Essentials.  Microsoft Security Essentials was first released in September 2009 and is our award-winning no-cost light weight anti-malware service.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google discovers Chrome can (really) block ads  —  AdBlock add-on of Firefox proportions  —  Google Chrome now includes the ability to completely block resources from loading inside the browser, and the latest incarnation of the AdBlock extension for Chrome is using this “beforeload” …
Discussion: Download Squad and Maximum PC
Simson Garfinkel / Technology Review:
Passwords that are Simple—and Safe  —  A new approach does away with the need for long strings of letters and numbers — Researchers at Microsoft have come up with a way to create easy-to-remember passwords without making a system more vulnerable to hackers.
Discussion: The Tech Report, Thanks:rawmeet
Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld:
Twitter's tech problems take a toll on developers  —  IDG News Service - The recurrent technical problems that have affected Twitter for the past seven weeks have also taken a toll on developers of external applications built for the microblogging service.  —  Throughout the outages …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon switching to AT&T-style limited data plans later this month?  —  Hang on to your megabytes, folks, because it looks like the Brave New World of limited data is truly upon us.  AT&T and Verizon tend to follow each others' moves pretty closely — the two carriers regard each …
Kartik Ramakrishnan / Yahoo! Search Blog:
Yahoo! Begins Testing with Microsoft  —  We've started testing organic (also referred to as algorithmic) and paid search listings from Microsoft for up to 25 percent of Yahoo! Search traffic in the U.S. The primary change for these tests is that the listings are coming from Microsoft.
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Reports Second Quarter 2010 Results  —  Owned and Operated Display Advertising Grows 19% Year Over Year Company Continues Strong Operating Income and Margin Expansion Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO - News) today reported results for the quarter ended June 30, 2010.
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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
BP photoshops fake photo of crisis command center, posts on main BP site  —  UPDATE 12:08PM Eastern 7/20/10: BP has faked yet another oil crisis response photo on its Web site.  UPDATE: 11:14PM Eastern: BP has now posted the “original” photo, they claim.  Except - surprise …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Skype Dials Up Dollars With Pay-Per-Call Advertising  —  Pitch to Businesses: Calls Convert to Sales Better Than Clicks  —  NEW YORK (AdAge) — Skype is hoping to dial up a few ad dollars with a new pay-per-call ad unit, which will turn phone numbers into little ads for the 560 million users of the service.
 
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Owen Fletcher / Wall Street Journal:
Google to End Technical Support for Two China Tianya Products
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Dennis Fisher / Threat Post:
Google Ups the Bug Bounty Ante to $3113.70
Noah Kravitz / PhoneDog.com:
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