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11:35 PM ET, July 20, 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: AppleInsider and TechCrunch
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 …
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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
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.
Marianne Schultz / MacRumors:
Flashlight App Sneaks Tethering Into App Store (For Now) [Pulled]  —  Handy Light, a new flashlight app by developer Nick Lee, brings unofficial SOCKS Proxy tethering to the iPhone hidden behind what appears to be a simple flashlight app that uses the screen for illumination.
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: Maximum PC and Download Squad
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 …
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 and MSDN Blogs, Thanks:rawmeet
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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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Droid 2 launching as soon as August 12, embraces Star Wars roots with R2-D2 edition  —  Ready to have your mind blown?  Good, then sit down for a moment: we're hearing from a trusted source that the thoroughly-leaked Motorola Droid 2 for Verizon will be launching on August 12 …
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.
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
BP photoshops fake photo of crisis command center, posts on main BP site  —  UPDATE: Show BP you mean business, donate to AMERICAblog.  If you like our hard-hitting activist journalism, then please donate and help us continue our work.  Thanks so much.  —  (H/t to AK for spotting this.)
Geoffrey A. Fowler / WSJ Blogs - WSJ:
Users Rate Facebook Slightly Above the Tax Man  —  Facebook plans to announce it has reached a milestone 500 million users this week — but that doesn't mean the masses are happy customers.  —  The American Customer Satisfaction Index, developed by the University of Michigan's Business School …
HEXUS.net:
Adobe shows off P2P video calls on Android, calls it FlashTime … Adobe has demonstrated a peer-to-peer video calling system for Google's Android mobile operating system.  —  The technology, which mimics Apple's iPhone 4-based FaceTime, is cheekily dubbed FlashTime and is built using …
Dennis Fisher / Threat Post:
Google Ups the Bug Bounty Ante to $3113.70  —  Just four days after Mozilla announced it was increasing the bounty paid for critical security bugs in its software to $3,000, Google has upped the ante, saying that it will now pay $3113.70 for the most severe bugs researchers find in Chromium.
Discussion: The Register and Chromium Blog
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
World's First Pirate ISP Launches In Sweden  —  The Swedish Pirate Party, who are at the forefront of anti-copyright lobbying in Sweden, are planning to shake up the country's ISP market.  After taking over the supply of bandwidth to The Pirate Bay, Piratpartiet will now partner in the launch of Pirate ISP …
Arik Hesseldahl / BusinessWeek:
Apple Donates MacPaint Source Code To Computer History Museum  —  One of the earliest bits of software that made the original Macintosh computer so interesting to use and unusual for its time was a drawing program called MacPaint.  —  Released in 1984 with the Mac, it is fondly remembered …
Scott Merrill / CrunchGear:
New business version of PogoPlug coming soon  —  The plucky little PogoPlug, which I reviewed last December, has seen a number of modest updates in the months since.  All of these updates are rolled out automatically, so unless you're following the PogoPlug blog you might never know about them.
 
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Noah Kravitz / PhoneDog.com:
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