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4:45 PM ET, January 27, 2011

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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple, News Corp to hold event to launch The Daily  —  Apple and News Corp sent out invitations on Thursday to press for the launch of the Daily, a newspaper designed specifically for iPads.  —  According to the invitation received by The Loop on Thursday, News Corp Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch …
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Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Google's Schmidt wants to set the record straight  —  Eric Schmidt opens up about his company's executive shuffle, whether or not Facebook poses a threat, and where Google is competing with Apple.  —  Image via Wikipedia  —  The media speculation about why Eric Schmidt is ceding the Google …
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Brad Stone / Business Week:
Larry Page's Google 3.0  —  The company co-founder and his star deputies are trying to root out bureaucracy and rediscover the nimble moves of youth  —  Every Monday afternoon at the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif., more than a dozen of Google's (GOOG) top executives gather in the company's boardroom.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Gizmodo
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
The root of the spat between Google and Apple...  I've heard this from a seperate source, but buried deep within the Bloomberg Businessweek cover is this little tidbit: … The other turning point was the release of the G1 which “looked nothing like the prototypes that Steve Jobs and Scott Forstall were shown by Google's leadership”.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports Record $0.77 Earnings Per Share in Second Quarter  —  Holiday sales and business demand drive record revenue.  — Redmond, Wash. - Jan. 27, 2011 - Microsoft Corp. today announced record second-quarter revenue of $19.95 billion for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2010.
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Still Strong: Microsoft Beats Estimates as Quarterly Sales Neared $20 Billion
Discussion: CNET News and paidContent
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft Spikes: FYQ2 Beats, Rev $19.95B, $0.77 EPS
Discussion: VentureBeat
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:   Why Microsoft Desperately Needs To Become More Acquisitive
Wall Street Journal:
Hulu Plots New Script  —  Just as the digital wave transforms the television industry, Hulu, a pioneer of Internet TV, is in internal discussions to dramatically transform itself.  —  The free online television service has become one of the most-watched online video properties in the U.S …
Krishna Panicker / The Big Blog:
Introducing the new version of Skype for Mac  —  We've just released a new version of Skype for Mac, removing the beta label and introducing group video calling as part of our Premium package, as well as a number of user interface and other improvements.  Download it now, or read on to find out more.
Peter Kafka / All Things Digital:
Netflix Grades Broadband Internet Providers  —  Here's the report card that Netflix promised to produce on broadband providers' performance yesterday.  Which is really a not-so subtle salvo in a war of words between the streaming movie service and the ISP industry.
Discussion: BetaNews and CNET News
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Ken Florance / The Netflix Tech Blog:
Netflix Performance on Top ISP Networks  —  Hi there.  This is Ken Florance, Director of Content Delivery here at Netflix.  —  As we continue to stream more and more great movies and TV shows, we find ourselves in the unique position of having insight into the performance of hundreds …
Steve Sordello / The LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn files registration statement for Initial Public Offering  —  Ed. Note: We'd like to share with you the press announcement related to our filing registration statement for a proposed Initial Public Offering.  —  LinkedIn Corporation announced today that it has filed a registration statement …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Here Comes Another Web IPO: LinkedIn S-1 Filing Imminent
Arn / MacRumors:
Verizon iPhone Pre-Orders to Start at 3am ET on February 3rd, Offering AT&T iPhone Trade Ins  —  Verizon has begun sending out information to corporate customers with more details about their iPhone launch.  Verizon is offering existing customers a chance to buy the Verizon iPhone on February 3rd, a week before the general public.
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com Announces Fourth Quarter Sales up 36% to $12.95 Billion  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2010.  —  Operating cash flow increased 6% to $3.50 billion for the trailing twelve months …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Reuters
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Jeff Bezos: “We Had Our First $10 Billion Quarter”
Discussion: eMoney
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Nokia smartphone market share shrinks to 31 percent, operating profit takes a beating too  —  Stephen Elop's first quarterly results as Nokia CEO have just come out, and while the company's still growing, others seem to be speeding ahead of it.  Nokia's reporting its converged mobile devices …
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Testing Display Ads In Gmail  —  Google appears to be testing display ads in Gmail.  I have not spoken to anyone at the company but discovered the following image ad in my own Gmail account this morning:  —  Image ads have made their way into paid search on Google.com and various other properties on Google.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
HTC's newest Android flagship phone revealed  —  Why bother waiting for its official Mobile World Congress reveal in February when you can view the newest HTC flagship today?  The touchscreen slate prototype (notice the serial number stamped along the bottom of the handset's face) …
Joshua E. Keating / Foreign Policy:
Can Governments Really ‘Block’ Twitter?  —  Not really.  The domain name is inaccessible, but it's not that hard to get around.  —  This week, Egypt became the latest Middle Eastern country to see massive anti-government street demonstrations.  As in Tunisia earlier this month and Iran last year …
Discussion: Herdict Blog and p2pnet
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
BlackBerry Internet Service Reportedly Blocked In Egypt
Discussion: Electronista and BlackBerry Cool
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Sony's next PSP, codenamed NGP  —  Betcha didn't think this day would come, but it finally has.  Sony has just come clean with its next-generation PlayStation Portable.  It's actually codenamed NGP and will revolve around five key concepts: Revolutionary User Interface, Social Connectivity …
David / TmoNews:
(Updated: New Pic!)  Sidekick 4G In The Wild!  —  Update: A couple of things have been pointed out, one it absolutely looks like there is a front facing camera present.  Secondly, you can clearly see the Samsung etched logo on the back of the device.  Most important, it seemingly retains …
Bill Keller / New York Times:
Dealing With Assange and the Secrets He Spilled  —  This past June, Alan Rusbridger, the editor of The Guardian, phoned me and asked, mysteriously, whether I had any idea how to arrange a secure communication.  Not really, I confessed.  The Times doesn't have encrypted phone lines, or a Cone of Silence.
Discussion: Techdirt
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Hires Bing's Principal Scientist Away From Microsoft  —  Alek Kocz, Principal Scientist at Microsoft's search engine Bing, appears to have left the company and joined Twitter this week.  Kocz's Twitter messages are protected and he hasn't changed any of his profiles online …
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Facebook denies to launch branded phones with HTC  —  (Reuters) - Facebook has no plans to launch Facebook-branded phones with Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC, it said on Thursday, following reports that it planned to launch an official tie-up next month.  —  “This is really just another example …
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Netflix Gets Social: “Extensive” Facebook Integration Is Coming  —  Netflix revealed it is in the process of implementing “an extensive Facebook integration” on Wednesday, marking a significant change from its previous absence from the social Web.  —  Netflix's dramatic growth in user base …
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
What we really need right now is a serious critique of net activism  —  The Net Delusion argues that technology isn't necessarily good for freedom - but how else can the oppressed have a voice?  —  Evgeny Morozov's The Net Delusion is the first book from the Belarusian-born foreign policy writer and blogger.
 
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
WikiLeaks alternative OpenLeaks goes live
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Scareware mongers cough up $8m to settle fraud charges
Discussion: Computerworld
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google, Amazon Vets Bank On Jumio To Revolutionize Mobile Payments
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Wikileaks ISP Anonymizes All Customer Traffic To Beat Spying
Discussion: TechEye
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
Is Tasty Labs the Next Great Social Play?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
UK police arrest five Anonymous WikiLeaks defenders
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Zuckerberg hack: who was behind it?
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and BBC
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google Starts Censoring BitTorrent, RapidShare and More