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7:05 AM ET, October 29, 2010


 Top Items: 
Microsoft Corporation:
Earnings Release FY11 Q1  —  Microsoft Reports Record First-Quarter Results  —  Growth across all business segments drives record first-quarter revenue and earnings per share.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced record first-quarter revenue of $16.20 billion for the quarter ended Sept. 30 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yep, Apple Rocketed Past Microsoft In Revenue This Past Quarter By Over $4 Billion  —  When Apple passed Microsoft in market cap this past May, the Microsoft fanboys were out in full force.  “This means nothing.”  “Microsoft still makes so much more money than Apple.”  “Look at the revenues.”
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Microsoft Q1 2011 by the numbers: Beats consensus but not Apple  —  Microsoft started fiscal 2011, which first quarter closed on September 30, ahead of analyst consensus.  Slower PC shipment growth didn't take the spark out of Windows revenues, and Office 2010 delivered during its first full quarter of license sales.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Runs Basically The Worst Internet Startup Ever.
Discussion: AppleInsider
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Hands on the Nexus Two by Samsung  —  The Nexus Two is real.  It's made by Samsung, and a friend of ours got to play with it.  It's not going rock your face like the Nexus One did.  But it will record it with a front-facing camera.  —  “When I first saw it from 10 feet away …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Launching Places Powered Deals Service  —  Facebook is currently testing a new “Facebook Deals” service which enables businesses to provide deals whenever visitors check-in to a physical store.  The new service is being tested with a limited number of partners …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
IDC: Apple passes RIM to become No. 4 global mobile phone vendor  —  A new IDC report shows strong iPhone sales have pushed Apple past Research in Motion, making the iPhone-maker the world's fourth-largest mobile phone seller in the third quarter of 2010.  —  According to IDC's Worldwide …
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
PDC: Why Steve Jobs' Pixar uses Microsoft Windows Azure  —  Everyone knows Pixar, the studio that makes fantastic computer-graphics movies.  Most people probably realize they couldn't just make one of those films with their desktop PC.  But few people may know that's not necessarily …
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
IE9 Developer Preview 6 launched, and new Test Drive site now live
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
YouTube CEO Chad Hurley Leaving Position To Take Advisory Role  —  I'm currently in Dublin, Ireland, for a (most excellent) event dubbed Founders, where I was invited to handle a fireside chat / interview with YouTube cofounder and CEO Chad Hurley earlier tonight.
Michael Siliski / Google Mobile Blog:
New in Google Maps for Android: Updated reviews, search filters, and Latitude real-time updating  —  Lately, we've been working on giving you even better ways to find nearby places with Google Maps for Android, such as the Places icon and rich Place pages.  Today, we are launching Google Maps 4.6 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Experimental Real-Time Location Tracking Comes To Google Latitude On Android
Discussion: Electronista
Mike Labossiere / VentureBeat:
White hat or black hat?  Firefox hacking tool Firesheep raises ethical concerns  —  Editor's Note: Was the release of the drop-dead easy hacking tool Firesheep, an extension for the Firefox browser that lets users hijack passwords from others on wireless networks, ethically sound?
Gary LosHuertos / Technology Sufficiently Advanced:
Herding Firesheep in New York City
John Nack / John Nack on Adobe:
Adobe demos Flash-to-HTML5 conversion tool  —  Where there's pain, there's opportunity.  —  Pre-Adobe, I made my living building rich, Flash-intensive sites for Gucci, Coca-Cola, Nike, and other big brands.  Doing that job today, I'd be in a jam: How could I create rich experiences that run on desktops …
Wayne Kao / Facebook Blog:
Telling the Story of Friendships  —  One of my favorite Facebook moments is browsing photos from friends in the News Feed after they've begun a new relationship, gotten engaged or gotten married.  It gives me a fun and meaningful glimpse of the friendship between two people I know.
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Announces Friendship Pages That Show Friends' Mutual Content
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Leland / Twitter Blog:
Twitter for Windows Phone: Pivot Power  —  There is a new addition to our mobile family: Twitter for Windows Phone.  This Twitter client is available now for all Windows Phone 7 devices.  We want you to be able to get Tweets quickly and easily, no matter what device you're using …
Anant Narayanan / Mozilla Labs:
Cloud, meet Rainbow  —  Enabling video & audio recording in the browser.  —  Introduction  —  At Mozilla Labs, we're constantly trying to push the boundaries with respect to what the browser can do.  We've experimented with audio recording in the browser as part of the Jetpack prototype earlier, and want to revisit the idea.
Discussion: Download Squad and ReadWriteWeb
Denise Leung / Flickr Blog:
Sign up for Flickr with your Google Account!  —  With dozens of different login usernames and passwords out there on the Interwebs, who needs to add yet another one to the list?  To help solve this, Flickr is rolling out a new feature to make it easier than ever for new users to join our community.
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Where in the World Is Eduardo Saverin?  In Singapore Funding Facebook Games.  —  I haven't run into him, but have confirmed from at least ten local programmers and angel investors that Eduardo Saverin- the Brazilian-born estranged Facebook co-founder who helped Ben Mezrich write …
Georges Haddad / YouTube Blog:
1 billion subscriptions and counting  —  Early on (we're talking '06 here, people!), the yellow subscribe button made its debut so the latest videos from your favorite channels could make a beeline to your inbox/eager eyes.  Today, the button that's been immortalized as a throw cushion hits …
Fritz Nelson / InformationWeek:
SAP Admitting Infringement In Oracle Case  —  The admission means SAP will likely be liable for big damages—and possible further investigation—in the suit filed against it by Oracle, which alleged that the SAP-acquired TomorrowNow operation improperly accessed Oracle code.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Nook Color processor revealed: ARM Cortex A8-based TI OMAP3621  —  Barnes & Noble provided most of the specs for the Nook Color when it launched the device on Tuesday, but notably absent was any word on the processor that powers the e-reader.  Thankfully, Texas Instruments has now come …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Milo Takes Local Product Inventory Search Mobile With Android App  —  Milo, a startup that highlights local inventory at brick and mortar stores in product search results, is taking its platform mobile today with the release of a free Android app. tracks the real-time availability …
Discussion: PR Newswire and Internet2Go, Thanks:jackabraham
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Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Oracle takes stake in networking pal Mellanox
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Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Launching Another New Homepage On Monday
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
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Discussion: SlashGear and Gumball Tech
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Government Withholds Records on Need for Expanded Surveillance Law
Jim Moran / Yipit Blog:
Groupon Releases Pricing For Self-Serve Product
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:jdmoran
 Earlier Items: 
Philip Willan / Computerworld:
Italy opens investigation into Google data gathering
Discussion: Search Engine Land, DSLreports and SAI
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Apple ‘Clarifies’ Device-To-Device iTunes Rental Limits: Don't Do It
Discussion: SlashGear
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring nitride coatings for scratch-proof devices
Discussion: IntoMobile, Gizmodo, TiPb and TUAW
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Nearing Profitability, YouTube Hits 500 Million Promoted Video Views
Discussion: YouTube Blog and Pulse2
Christina Warren / Mashable!:
When Are Facebook Users Most Active? [STUDY]
Discussion: WebProNews and The Huffington Post