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8:25 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
Discussion: Engadget and MacStories
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 …
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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Seeking Alpha:
A Hint That Steve Jobs' Departure Date Has Been Planned for a While  —  Home » Hardware Stocks » Corporate Governance  —  Steve Jobs released a letter to the public that he would be taking a leave of absence from Apple (AAPL) for an undisclosed period of time.
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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
Paul Thurrott / Windows Phone Secrets:
Software updates: Windows Phone vs. iPhone  —  I've complained again and again about Microsoft's inability to ship software updates for Windows Phone, noting that the sheer number of missing features and bugs requires a steady stream of hot-fixes.  They're not listening …
Discussion: Guardian and WMPoweruser.com
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Playboy Magazine coming to iPad in its uncensored form in March, including full back catalog  —  From its very first issue in 1953 to its latest incarnation, the full catalog of Playboy Magazine is coming to the iPad this March.  And not only that, it'll be faithful to its original form by arriving to your Apple slate uncensored.
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
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.
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
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Amazon Web Services Introduces ‘Elastic Beanstalk’ For Easier App Deployment  —  Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing business of Amazon.com, this morning announced a new offering dubbed AWS Elastic Beanstalk, aimed to simplify the deployment and management of AWS cloud applications developed by third parties.
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Firms to buy 10 million tablets in 2011: Deloitte  —  (Reuters) - Companies will buy more than 10 million tablet computers this year, consultancy Deloitte said on Tuesday supporting recent research from Gartner which sees the global market for Apple's iPad, rising to 55 million devices this year from 19.5 million in 2010.
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.
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.
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Senator who opposes antipiracy bill under pressure?  —  Supporters of an antipiracy bill introduced into the Senate last year appear ready to put some pressure on one of the legislation's chief opponents.  —  Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, was instrumental in blocking …
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
In The Race To 10 Billion Downloads, Apple Uncovers The Top All-Time Apps  —  If you had to guess what the top downloaded iOS app of all time was, what would you say?  You'll probably get it.  It's an obvious one.  It's Facebook.  Number two is fairly easy too: Pandora.
Discussion: SlashGear, Edge Online and TUAW
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD chases Intel into gadget market with embedded chips
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