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5:25 AM ET, January 19, 2011

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Apple:
Apple Reports First Quarter Results  —  Record Mac, iPhone, iPad Sales Drive Highest Revenue and Earnings Ever  —  Revenue Grows 71 Percent; Earnings Grow 78 Percent  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2011 first quarter ended December 25, 2010.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Apple COO Tim Cook Dismisses Android Tablets As “Bizarre”  —  Apple's iPad is a hit.  The company sold 7.3 million iPads in the December quarter of 2010, a 75 percent increase from the previous quarter.  But judging from all the Android tablets announced at CES, it is about to face an onslaught of competition.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple commits $3.9 billion to secret long term component contracts  —  Apple's chief operations executive Tim Cook revealed that the company had entered into long term component supply contracts worth $3.9 billion over the next two years.  —  Cook noted that the secret deals were a “fantastic” …
Discussion: Engadget and MacStories
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Profit Soars, but Silent on Jobs
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
In SEC Filing, Apple Stresses Jobs Will “Remain Involved In Major …
Discussion: Fortune
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Exclusive: HP / Palm's webOS tablets — pictures, plans, and more  —  Oh, hello.  A trusted tipster just sent in these internal renders of HP / Palm's “Topaz” webOS tablet, which is one of two tablets currently being developed in Sunnyvale.  That's right, two tablets: the 9-inch Topaz …
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Electronista:
HP may ship first webOS tablets in March
Discussion: DigiTimes, SlashGear and Engadget, Thanks:jonfingas
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Cold Water on the iPad 2 Retina Display Hype  —  Rumors are rampant that the upcoming iPad 2 will feature a higher-resolution retina display.  Long story short: No, it won't.  —  The current iPad has a 1024 × 768 display; a double-resolution retina display iPad would have a 2048 × 1536 display.
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Richard Gaywood / TUAW:
iPads and Retina Displays: Doing the math  —  Over the weekend, we saw the swirling rumors around the specs for the (presumably inevitable) iPad 2 start to come together.  One of the most intriguing suggestions, which Engadget claim to have a reliable source for (and MacRumors …
Doron Levin / Fortune:
Steve Jobs went to Switzerland in search of cancer treatment  —  Fortune has learned that Apple CEO Steve Jobs spent part of 2009 at a hospital in Basel, Switzerland seeking treatment for neuroendocrine cancer, which he had surgically treated in 2004.  In early 2009, the tech and investing worlds …
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Seeking Alpha:
A Hint That Steve Jobs' Departure Date Has Been Planned for a While
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Is A Samsung Fight With Carriers Screwing Its Android Phone Owners?  —  Samsung phones stuck on Android 2.1 might stay that way for a while, according to a post on mobile site XDA Developers via Hacker News.  —  According to an anonymous writer, carriers would have to pay a fee to Samsung every …
Discussion: Daring Fireball and Pulse2
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Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Starbucks launches mobile payment network  —  The clever mobile payment system that Starbucks has been testing in a few stores in Seattle, New York and Silicon Valley is going national.  —  Starbucks is announcing that it has expanded the “pay by phone” program to 6,800 of its stores, plus more than 1,000 outlets inside Target stores.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Bing Terminates Relationship With Publisher Doing Tricky Home Page Switch  —  Is Facebook's third largest advertiser really a site that tries to trick people into switching to Bing?  Apparently not.  Still, Bing's not happy with this particular affiliate's tactics being outed.
Cliff Edwards / Bloomberg:
Sony Said to Plan Networked Portable Game Player, Smartphones  —  Sony Corp. plans to unveil an updated PlayStation Portable handheld game device on Jan. 27, followed by a game-playing smartphone in February, according to two people with knowledge of the plans.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
HubSpot Heating Up, Sequoia And Google Ventures Looking To Invest  —  Digital marketing startup HubSpot is close to closing a new round of financing, we've confirmed, that may put a valuation on the company in the $200 million range.  Google Ventures is likely to invest, we've heard from multiple sources.
Discussion: Pulse2
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Microsoft Brings the First Piece of Office to the iPhone: OneNote  —  While Microsoft still hopes to one day rival the iPhone, the company's Office unit is the latest part of Redmond to acknowledge that, for now at least, the iPhone reigns supreme.  —  Microsoft is releasing on Tuesday …
Loic Le Meur / Telegraph:
Start-Up 100: Why I ditched Europe for Silicon Valley  —  Guest columnist Loic Le Meur explains why he chose to build his company on the West Coast  —  The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. … I left Europe because - to put it plainly - Silicon Valley kicks its butt.
Discussion: Loic Le Meur Blog, Thanks:loic
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Docs to Add Preview Pane, Music Player, Collections  —  Google Docs code includes references to some upcoming features that could make the service better suited for storing media content.  There are many references to a preview pane that will allow you to view more information …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Recent Verizon phone buyers get $200 toward iPhone 4 upgrade  —  Not everyone follows tech news as closely as BGR readers, so it's quite possible that some poor souls purchased a cell phone from Verizon Wireless this past holiday season without realizing the iPhone 4 would be an option in early February.
Seth Freeman / New York Times:
Me and My Algorithm  —  ALGORITHMS, as you probably know, are the computer programs that infer from your profile (in the case of Facebook) and from the content of your e-mails (in the case of Gmail) your interests and preferences, enabling ads to be displayed to the customers most likely to be interested in specific products.
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
LG promises working 3D mobile screen device demo shortly  —  EXCLUSIVE: “You'll be very surprised shortly” we're told  —  LG has told Pocket-lint that it will be making an announcement very shortly about the future of its 3D mobile concept, which shown off at CES in Las Vegas at the beginning of January.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is Now Available In Korean, Its Seventh Language  —  As of today Twitter users in North and South Korea can view Twitter.com, the mobile site and the iPhone and Android apps in Korean characters.  Twitter has partnered with Korean web portal Daum to display Korean tweets on its homepage …
Tova Cohen / Reuters:
Intel to invest $2.7 billion in Israel chip plant  —  (Reuters) - U.S. chipmaker Intel will invest $2.7 billion over the next two years upgrading its chip plant in southern Israel to produce 22 nanometer technology.  —  The amount includes a 740 million shekel ($210 million) grant recently approved by the Israeli government.
Jeremy Keith / Adactio:
Badge of shame  —  The W3C have unveiled a logo for HTML5.  I'm not sure the world needs such a logo, but I think it looks pretty good.  It reminds me of some of the promotional materials used by the Web Standards Project back in the day—simple bold lines that work well at small sizes, with a whiff of Russian constructivism.
Katherine Rosman / Wall Street Journal:
How Adam Got @Adam and Became Cool Online  —  All Rob Goldman ever wanted was to be himself.  In the Silicon Valley start-up obsessed world he inhabits, that means being facebook.com/rob or @Rob on Twitter.  —  But Mr. Goldman can't get what he wants, even at a website he founded.
 
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