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10:20 PM ET, January 27, 2011

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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  —  Microsoft on Thursday reported earnings and revenue that topped expectations and rose significantly from a year ago amid strong sales from its Xbox unit.  —  For the three months ended Dec. 31 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Why Microsoft Desperately Needs To Become More Acquisitive
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft's Kinectified game business grows 55 percent …
Discussion: Engadget
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Jeff Bezos: “We Had Our First $10 Billion Quarter”  —  Amazon just released results for its for its fourth quarter ending December 31, 2010.  The company's sales came in at $12.95 billion, which is up 36 percent from $9.52 billion in fourth quarter 2009.
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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 …
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 …
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Peter Kafka / All Things Digital:
Netflix Grades Broadband Internet Providers
Discussion: CNET News
Curt Hopkins / ReadWriteWeb:
Complete Internet Blackout in Egypt  —  After blocking Twitter on Tuesday and, intermittently, Facebook and Google on Wednesday, the Egyptian government has upped the ante, throwing a complete Internet access block across the whole of the country.  Additionally blocked are Blackberry service and SMS.
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James Cowie / Renesys Blog:
Egypt Leaves the Internet
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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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
The root of the spat between Google and Apple...
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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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Files For IPO; Revenue $161 Million For The First Nine Months Of 2010  —  Professional social network LinkedIn has just submitted its S-1 filing with the SEC, indicating that it will file for a public offering.  The maximum proposed total offering price is $175 million but this is just a placeholder amount.
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 …
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.
James Sterngold / Business Week:
Say Goodbye to All Those Passwords  —  The Commerce Dept. is backing a new security system for online identity checks that could be a boon for e-commerce  —  The convenience promised by the Internet often seems to evaporate when you log in every morning.  First comes the user name …
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 …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Verizon to Acquire Terremark for $1.4 Billion  —  The NAP of the Americas, the huge Terremark data center in downtown Miami.  Verizon says it will buy Terremark (and the NAP) for $1.4 billion.  —  Verizon will acquire colocation and cloud hosting provider Terremark for $1.4 billion in a deal …
Joseph Alexiou / The Business Insider:
FAIL!  One Year Later, Here Are 7 Naysayers Who Thought The iPad Would Fail  —  Exactly a year ago, the iPad — which was a heavily guarded rumor that everyone knew existed — was debuted to gushing masses.  People loved it, they hated it, they made fun of its name (remember the sophomoric jabs).
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
FBI Knocks Down 40 Doors in Probe of Pro-WikiLeaks Attackers  —  The FBI has joined in the hunt for those who participated in the retaliation attacks against companies that cut off services to Wikileaks, executing more than 40 search warrants across the United States on Thursday, the bureau announced.
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Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
UK police arrest five Anonymous WikiLeaks defenders
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.
William Gibson / New York Times:
25 Years of Digital Vandalism  —  IN January 1986, Basit and Amjad Alvi, sibling programmers living near the main train station in Lahore, Pakistan, wrote a piece of code to safeguard the latest version of their heart-monitoring software from piracy.  They called it Brain, and it was basically a wheel-clamp for PCs.
Discussion: TeleRead
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Shares Dip 7% In Most Recent SecondMarket Auction  —  A week ago Facebook shares were being traded at $28.26 per share, a $70 billion valuation.  In this week's auction at SecondMarket the per share price declined just over 7%, to $26.25, a $65.5 billion valuation with around 2.5 billion shares outstanding.
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.
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 …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The New York Times, Demand Media Edition  —  Demand Media — widely described as a “content farm” — went public yesterday and quickly racked up a valuation higher than the New York Times.  I figured the news might cause some at the New York Times to wonder if they needed to be more Demand Media-like.
Libby Copeland / Slate:
The Anti-Social Network … Like This Story … - Lithwick: Obama Shouldn't Cede the Constitution to the Tea Party- House Republicans Have Already Begun Harassing Obama's Regulators- Slate's Wine Critic Attends an Awkward Tasting- Is Federal Salmon Oversight as Complicated as President Obama Claims?
 
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Pete Warden / ReadWriteWeb:
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LivingSocial Closing the Gap
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Brian Grow / Reuters:
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Will Google's New Hamfisted Censorship On Autocomplete Raise Questions …
Discussion: PC World, Engadget and Ars Technica
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Pontiflex: About Half Of Mobile App Clicks Are Accidental
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Bernstein Sees Expanding iPhone Deals In Asia
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Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Kindle Books Now Outselling Paperbacks at Amazon
Discussion: Examiner
Surat Lozowick / Surat's Weblr:
eHow goes Facebook exclusive for logins and profiles, and here's why it's bad
Discussion: Inside Facebook, Thanks:suratl
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
What we really need right now is a serious critique of net activism
Discussion: New York Times
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Nokia CEO Elop Lays Groundwork for New Strategy, Hints May Be Open to OS Switch
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Facebook denies to launch branded phones with HTC
Arn / MacRumors:
Verizon iPhone Pre-Orders to Start at 3am ET on February 3rd …