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7:55 PM ET, October 18, 2010

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Apple:
Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results  —  Record Mac, iPhone and iPad Sales Highest Revenue and Earnings Ever  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2010 fourth quarter ended September 25, 2010.  The Company posted record revenue of $20.34 billion and net quarterly profit …
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Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Apple's Steve Jobs Rants About His Competitors: 'Open Doesn't Always Win'  —  Steve Jobs doesn't usually participate in the company's quarterly earnings conference call, but he says he couldn't help stopping by to celebrate the company's first $20 billion quarter.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Steve Jobs: Apple Has Already Sold Over 250,000 New Apple TVs  —  On every earnings call, someone always asks for specific sales numbers.  And companies always duck those questions.  But not today.  When someone asked how the Apple TV is doing since its relaunch, Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave a very specific answer.
AppleInsider:
Steve Jobs squashes rumors of smaller, 7-inch iPad from Apple
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Electronista
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Listen To Steve Jobs Rip Into Android And The Upcoming Tablet Competition [Audio]
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Ray Ozzie leaving post as Microsoft's chief software architect  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today announced that Ray Ozzie, who was up until now the company's chief software architect, will be leaving the post. … In the meantime, here's the full text from Ballmer's e-mail to all Microsoft employees:
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Microsoft:
Steve Ballmer E-mail to Employees on Ray Ozzie Transition  —  Text of an internal Microsoft e-mail sent by Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer to employees announcing the transition of Ray Ozzie.  —  From: Steveb  —  To: Microsoft - All Employees
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Asessing Ray Ozzie's impact at Microsoft  —  Bringing change to Microsoft has been likened to getting an ocean liner to change course.  —  By all accounts though, the company has made several such adjustments.  While the changes took time, the key ones can often be traced to a moment in time.
Discussion: Erictric
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Fear And Loathing At The Wall Street Journal  —  Ahhhhhhhhhahhhaha!  —  The inmates are now running the asylum.  —  All anyone is talking about today is the series of articles that the Wall Street Journal has written about a “Privacy Breach” at Facebook.
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Facebook Developer Blog:
Using Facebook UIDs  —  We take user privacy seriously.  We are dedicated to protecting private user data while letting users enjoy rich experiences with their friends.  This more social Web will only occur if users trust that they are in control of their information.
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
Did the Wall Street Journal Overreact to Facebook Privacy ‘Breach’?
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:   Congressmen Send Letter to Facebook About Privacy Breach
Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
TRUSTe Responds To Facebook Privacy Leaks...
Boy Genius Report:
Next Apple iPhone (Verizon model) hits “AP” field test stage, iPhone 5 hits “EVT” stage?  —  One of our solid Apple sources has just let us know some pretty interesting (and exciting) information surrounding Apple's upcoming iPhone devices.  For starters, we have been told that iPhone model 3,2 …
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
New MacBook Air Has a Bigger Battery, Sharper Case [Independent Confirmation]  —  Apple's new MacBook Air will be thinner, lighter and boxier than the current model.  Mockup exclusively for CultofMac.com by Dan Draper.  —  On Wednesday, Steve Jobs will likely introduce a redesigned 13.3-inch MacBook Air …
Quentyn Kennemer / Android Phone Fans:
[Exclusive] First Android Gingerbread Details  —  We've heard countless reports that it's out there.  We know it's still in development and we know some Googlers have it loaded onto their Nexus Ones.  I'm talking about the Android Gingerbread update, of course, and we can finally bring …
Mack Lu / Google Public Policy Blog:
More transparency and control over location  —  (Cross-posted on the Official Google Blog)  —  We've always focused on offering people the most relevant results.  Location is one important factor we've used for many years to customize the information that you find.
Rajat Mukherjee / Google Enterprise Blog:
The new Google Search Appliance - a bridge to the cloud  —  In the last year, businesses have started using cloud-based applications from Google and other technology providers at an accelerated rate.  While many organizations still have information that resides in on-premise systems …
CARL Book Beacon:
Twitter can do WHAT with your photos?  —  If you're a big user of the microblogging service Twitter like we are here, you know that Twitter has been making some changes.  There is more streamlining, information's available all in one view, it's easier to send updates or replies …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Determined to Crack the Social Code  —  Google has been stunningly adept at devising computer algorithms to help people search the Internet.  But when it comes to building features for social networking, the company has been much less effective.  —  And changing that is one of the company's biggest business challenges these days.
Discussion: MediaPost and At Your Servers
Leena Rao / TechCrunchIT:
IBM Beats The Street; Posts Revenues Of $24.3 Billion, Net Income Up 12 Percent  —  IBM released strong third quarter earnings today, posting revenue of $24.3 billion, up 3 percent from the third quarter in 2009, and surpassing analyst expectations.  EPS were $2.82 per share …
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Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
IBM Beats Expectations, Gets Crushed In After Hours Trading
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Microsoft's Billion Dollar Media Bailout Plan  —  The advertising recovery is already in the works, but this could help move it along quite nicely: Close to a billion dollars in marketing money, courtesy of Microsoft.  —  That's what Steve Ballmer and company will spend to push …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Amazon leaks Oct 20 iLife ship date, lower $49.99 price point?  —  Pssst: Looking forward to iLife?  Head over to Amazon Germany and you'll find a little pop-up telling you — helpfully — it will be available from 20 October 2010.  Surprise?  Probably not.
Discussion: MacStories, TUAW, Startup Meme and MacRumors
 
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John D. Sutter / CNN:
Smartphones: Our national obsession
Discussion: The Awl and Gizmodo
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
HUGE: Facebook Releases Admin Interface To Contact Likers
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Free Posters! AKA Scamville, It's Back.
Thomas E. Weber / The Daily Beast:
Cracking the Facebook Code
Aaron Bronzan / The LinkedIn Blog:
Now even more ways to customize your LinkedIn profile
Discussion: TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb
Nick Eaton / Seattle Blogs:
17 games coming for launch of Xbox Kinect
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Lawsuit forces HyperMac to cease sale of Apple-patented charging cables
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Europe's Trademark Office Confirms iPad's New Landscape Design
Discussion: SlashGear, CNET News, PadGadget and I4U News
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sprint promises WiMAX in NYC on November 1, LA on December 1 …