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12:40 AM ET, July 23, 2010

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports Record Fourth-Quarter Results  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced record fourth-quarter revenue of $16.04 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2010, a 22% increase from the same period of the prior year.  Operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share …
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft posts a big quarter, tops Apple, profits jump 50%  —  Strong sales of Windows 7 and the improving economy helped Microsoft finish its fiscal year with a big quarter — defying, for now, the widespread predictions that its longtime nemesis Apple would surpass it in revenue.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Windows 7, corporate upgrade cycle propel Microsoft's fourth quarter  —  Microsoft's fiscal fourth quarter results highlighted gains from a corporate IT upgrade cycle as earnings and revenue handily topped Wall Street expectations.  —  The company reported net income of $4.52 billion, or 51 cents a share, on revenue of $16.04 billion.
Joel Johnson / Gizmodo:
Is Flipboard Legal?  —  Social news app Flipboard was yesterday's hot new app, despite—or perhaps because of—technical problems preventing some features from working.  But there might be a bigger snag: Is Flipboard scraping content it doesn't have the rights to?
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Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Flipboard's Mike McCue on Life Over the Last 36 Hours and What's Coming Soon
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Flipboard: A startup's first bad day or success?
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
I confess: I bought an iPad (and so far I love it)  —  I bought an iPad.  —  Big deal, you say... So did 3.3 million other people so far this year.  —  Well, for me it is a big deal.  I'm a PC.  I am not an early adopter or someone who rushes out to buy the latest/greatest gadget.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Amazon Mobile Sales Topped $1 Billion In Past 12 Months  —  Jeff Bezos is bullish on mobile, whether it's Kindles, smartphones or what he calls the “new category” of wireless tablet computers.  Why?  Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) customers spent more than $1 billion via mobile device in the past 12 months …
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Whoa!  Disable your Safari AutoFill Immediately  —  If you use Safari, disable your autofill imediately.  Apple enables this by default.  We'll wait.  —  (Uncheck all)  —  Websites can now steal your Safari browser autofill information including Name, Address, Email …
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Jeremiah Grossman:
I know who your name, where you work, and live (Safari v4 & v5)
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Disney About To Acquire Playdom  —  Disney and social gaming startup Playdom are in “very” late stage acquisition discussions, we've heard from, oh, about seven independent sources, including sources close to Playdom, over the last several days.  Internally the two parties have referred to the deal as …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Sorry, No, I'm Not Going to Write a Piece Arguing That Dan Lyons Is a Jackass  —  So I get another call from my payola rep at Apple, and she's like, “Hey, thanks so much for all the antenna-related links over the weekend.  I just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate it, John.”
Discussion: PC World, PhoneReport v2.0 and Geek.com
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Droid X users gobbling up 5x the data of other Verizon smartphones  —  Been wondering why Verizon would seek to curb its unlimited data plans with bogus restrictions?  Wonder no more.  Jennifer Byrne, a business development executive director at Big Red, has shared with us the shocking stat …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook's Tornado Unleashes Version 1.0 on The Web  —  Want to turn your website into a storm of real-time user activity?  Another way to do so has just arrived.  The real-time web framework called Tornado, which Facebook open sourced last Fall, has just released version 1.0.
Thanks:atul
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
WordPress vs. Thesis: The battle is over.  —  This tweet pretty much sums up the whole post:  —  If you're not familiar with the background, however, the Cliff's Notes version comes down to Thesis Theme using a license other than GPL, which created a conflict between Thesis Theme creator Chis Pearson …
Discussion: Mashable!, Techie Buzz and Slashdot
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Facebook ‘Suspects’ Zuckerberg Contract Was ‘Forged’  —  Facebook says it “strongly suspects” forgery is involved in a contract showing its founder Mark Zuckerberg signed away more than half the rights to Facebook for $1,000 in 2003.  The suit to take over the company seven years later is “absurd,” the company said Thursday.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft confirms Windows Phone 7 manufacturers: ASUS, Dell, HTC, LG, and Samsung all on board  —  Microsoft is no stranger to having partners galore in the phone business, but its lineup of manufacturers for the upcoming, surprisingly promising Windows Phone 7 launch is no less impressive.
Michele Flannery / YouTube Blog:
Ready...set...discover more music on YouTube  —  If you want easier ways to discover music on YouTube, just start here.  Our revamped music page - part of a redesign that started with our shows and movies pages - showcases the most viewed music videos, special promotions, curated playlists …
Ian Sherr / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Looks to Small Businesses  —  Apple Inc. is boosting efforts to appeal to a new type of customer: small businesses.  —  The consumer electronics giant responsible for the iPhone is seeking to hire engineers in as many as a dozen U.S. retail stores to put together Apple-based computer systems …
Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
WebOS 2.0 Coming Later This Year, HP's Windows 7 Slate To Be An Enterprise Product  —  Some interesting news from Fortune's Brainstorm conference: HP VP Todd Bradley says that the company's Windows 7-running tablet, the one Steve Ballmer showed off at CES, will not be a consumer-focused product.
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
SEC Charges Dell and Senior Executives with Disclosure and Accounting Fraud  —  Company to Pay $100 Million Penalty, Michael Dell to Pay $4 Million Penalty  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  2010-131  —  Washington, D.C., July 22, 2010 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Dell Inc …
 
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Steven Musil / CNET News:
Baidu hacking lawsuit allowed to proceed
Discussion: Reuters
Chris / cdixon.org:
Graphs  —  It has become customary to use “graph” …
Discussion: GigaOM, Thanks:atul
Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:
Facebook Adds Team Focused on Games, Plans New Communication Channels System
Discussion: Daily Patricia
Brendan Gallagher / AviationWeek.com:
Flight Data Recorders Could Go Online
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Atlantic Online
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A New Version Of Google Chrome Now Due Every Six Weeks
Discussion: Chromium Blog
CEA:
CE INDUSTRY TO SURPASS $174 BILLION IN 2010, REACH RECORD HIGH BY 2011
Discussion: IBD Click
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Refreshed Google Maps Interface Rolls Out Across Virgin America Fleet
Discussion: Google LatLong and parislemon
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
Social vs. Market Norms at Reddit
Electronista:
B&N outs Nook for Android, NY Times iPad subscriptions
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Apple the new world leader in software insecurity