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5:15 AM ET, October 19, 2010

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Verne G. Kopytoff / New York Times:
Sales and Profit Surge for Apple, but Its Margins Slip  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Strong sales of iPads, iPhones and even Mac computers produced record revenue and profit for Apple in its fourth quarter.  —  It was not enough, however, to sustain Wall Street's exuberance for the consumer electronics company …
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AppleInsider:
Steve Jobs squashes rumors of smaller, 7-inch iPad from Apple  —  Apple chief executive Steve Jobs on Monday took pause during his company's fourth quarter conference call to extinguish rumors that the company is working on a smaller iPad based around a 7-inch screen.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Apple Has $51 Billion and a Shopping List.  Is Facebook On It?  —  Steve Jobs made a rare appearance during today's Apple's earnings call and spent most of his time beating up his rivals, past and present.  Summary: The iPhone has left Research in Motion's Blackberry in the dust.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Steve Jobs: Apple Has Already Sold Over 250,000 New Apple TVs
Discussion: Appletell and parislemon
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple FY Q4 Beats: Revs $20.34B; EPS $4.64; 3.89M Macs; 14.1M …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Android Chief Andy Rubin Sends His First Tweet — And It's Aimed At Steve Jobs  —  Well would you look at that.  Earlier today, Apple CEO Steve Jobs went on a bit of a tirade against Google and Android in particular.  And you know that couldn't have made Android chief Andy Rubin too happy.
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Steve Jobs's Epic 5-Minute Anti-Google Rant  —  In a surprise, Steve Jobs joined Apple's Q3 earnings call today.  —  He used his time to rip into Google.  —  A sample:  — “Many Android OEMs install proprietary user-interfaces to differentiate themselves from the commodity Android experience.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple And Google: The Activation Pissing Match Continues  —  Just in case it wasn't clear enough, Apple's Q4 earnings call today made it more clear than ever that Apple and Google are in the middle of an all-out war in the mobile space.  Apple CEO Steve Jobs took five good minutes …
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Jobs speaks! The complete transcript
Discussion: TheAppleBlog, SlashGear and MacStories
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Apple's Steve Jobs Rants About His Competitors: 'Open Doesn't Always Win'
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
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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:
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Asessing Ray Ozzie's impact at Microsoft
Discussion: Erictric
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 …
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 …
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.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon's tiered data plans hitting October 28, smartphones still getting unlimited option?  —  We'd told you back in July that Verizon would migrate away from unlimited data and toward a tiered model very quickly; turns out it wasn't quite as quickly as we'd thought, but as Ivan Seidenberg said last month, it's still going down.
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Marketing Platform Buddy Media Raises $23 Million  —  Buddy Media CEO Mike Lazerow just announced that the company has raised a $23 million round led by Institutional Venture Partners.  —  It's no secret that the Facebook marketing company has been growing rapidly this year …
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Your Memories Will Be Rewritten: Mozilla's Raskin Says Product Placement is Coming Soon to Your Facebook Photos  —  The human brain's predictable fallibility leaves us susceptible to the creation of false memories by brand marketers through retroactive product placement into our photos posted …
Discussion: Aza on Design
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Another Windows 7 tablet review shows it's just not the right combination  —  First the HP Slate and now a tablet from Tegatech called the Tega v2.  Initial reviews are coming to the same conclusion as many of us in tech journalism: Windows 7 just ain't cut out for tablets.
John D. Sutter / CNN:
Smartphones: Our national obsession  —  Editor's Note: This is the first story in a five-day series about smartphones and their impact on our lives and culture.  —  (CNN) — Doug Wilson takes his smartphone everywhere.  —  When the 28-year-old wakes up, he snatches the phone from the nightstand …
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Google to end contracts with 7 ad agents  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc said on Tuesday its termination of contracts with seven large Chinese advertising resellers goes into effect on Oct 27.  —  Google, which faced many operational hurdles since its high profile tussle with Beijing earlier this year …
Chitika, Inc.:
Top Two iPhone Search Engines: Both Google  —  Top Two iPhone Search Engines Both Google  —  Google dominates search in the iPhone market, carrying as much as 97% of all iPhone search traffic, according to the latest data from online ad network Chitika.  That level of dominance begs the question, where does it come from?
Peter O'Dowd / NPR:
The Business Of Burying Internet Search Results … The Internet can be a hostile place, with powerful companies paying handsome sums to hide negative content in Google search results or any quest for information that might hurt their bottom line.  Unseen battles are waged every day to protect and destroy brands and reputations.
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.
Ian Sherr / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Sees a Ripe Corporate Market  —  Apple Inc. will unveil Wednesday a new version of its computer operating software, a development that comes as the consumer-electronics giant makes a more aggressive move to expand in a market that has historically eluded it: corporate customers.
Discussion: TechEye
 
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Camille Hearst / YouTube Blog:
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Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
VMware revenues up 46%  —  But biz will cool in 2011
Discussion: Computerworld
CNN:
Sweden rejects WikiLeaks editor's residency request
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft sees “unprecedented wave” of Java malware exploits
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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Discussion: Gartner and Computerworld
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
AdMob Serves Its 300 Billionth Mobile Ad Since 2007
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Free Posters! AKA Scamville, It's Back.
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Cracking the Facebook Code
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Twitter can do WHAT with your photos?
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Microsoft's Billion Dollar Media Bailout Plan
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
New MacBook Air Has a Bigger Battery, Sharper Case [Independent Confirmation]