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10:35 AM ET, April 21, 2011

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Apple:
Apple Reports Second Quarter Results  —  Record March Quarter Drives 83 Percent Revenue Growth, 95 Percent Profit Growth  —  Record iPhone Sales Grow 113 Percent  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2011 second quarter ended March 26, 2011.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's 92% earnings windfall: The bloggers nail it, the pros miss by a mile  —  The shortfall in iPad sales was one of the few categories the Street called correctly  —  Click to enlarge.  —  The Wall Street analysts who get paid to cover Apple (AAPL) got some things right.
Michael Kan / PC World:
China Is Apple's Fastest Growing Market for IPhone
Discussion: Digital Trends and Computerworld
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   The Most Successful Store No One Cares About: Apple's iTunes Posts a Record $1.4 Billion Quarter
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Apple Earnings Q2 '11: $24.67B Revenue; 3.76M Macs, 18.65M iPhones, 4.69M iPads Sold
Microsoft:
Nokia and Microsoft Sign Definitive Agreement Ahead of Schedule  —  Key contributions to new global mobile ecosystem agreed and significant progress made on engineering of new products.  —  Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement …
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Exclusive: Microsoft's Lees and Nokia's Oistamo Talk About Their Just-Signed Contract  —  Microsoft and Nokia are announcing today that the two companies have signed a definitive contract, fully committing each other to the partnership announced back in February.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Verizon activates 2.2 million iPhones in first quarter, 260,000 HTC Thunderbolts  —  Verizon delivered better-than-expected first quarter results and gave its tally of iPhone activations.  The company activated 2.2 million iPhones in the first quarter and 500,000 4G devices, including 260,000 HTC Thunderbolts.
Alex Levinson:
3 Major Issues with the Latest iPhone Tracking “Discovery”  —  Today, two researchers for O'Reilly media published an article claiming discovery of a hidden tracking system on the iOS 4 operating system.  Using simple techniques, Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden extracted data off …
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Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Researcher: iPhone Location Data Already Used By Cops  —  When British programmers Alasdair Allen and Pete Warden took the stage at the Where 2.0 conference to unveil their work on iPhone location tracking, it was clear they had some big news on their hands.
Discussion: New York Times, thinq_ and FierceMobileContent, Thanks:om
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Amazon EC2 troubles bring down Reddit, Foursquare, Quora, Hootsuite and more  —  The popularity of Amazon's cheap, easily scalable hosting is showing its downside right now, with a number of popular websites and services throwing up errors or being down completely.
Matt Haughey / A Whole Lotta Nothing:
Ev's assholishness is greatly exaggerated  —  There's been a bunch of stories lately about Ev Williams, co-founder of Blogger and Twitter upon the occasion of him leaving Twitter to do his own thing.  Some are outright calling him an a**hole.  This Business Insider story of Noah Glass …
Discussion: Feld Thoughts, @caro and @danprimack
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:   Why Are Tech Founders Such A**holes?
Peter Rojas / gdgt:
Amazon's tablet is coming, but what will it be?  —  It's something of an open secret that Amazon is working on an Android tablet and I am 99% certain they are having Samsung build one for them.  Does the world really need yet another tablet?  If it were anyone else, I'd say no …
Jon Swartz / USA Today:
Tech jobs boom like it's 1999  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Some 20 recruiters sized up Scott Mersy as they would a star high school running back.  But instead of timing his 40-yard dash or checking his percentage of body fat, they were interested in his stats in cloud computing and online marketing.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
PlayBook Launch Better Than Expected: About 50,000 Units Sold  —  After mixed reviews detailing the unfinished state, not to mention the bugs and quirks that comprise RIM's new 7-inch tablet computer, the BlackBerry PlayBook, few expected yesterday's launch to be anything short of failure.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple pulled Facebook integration from iOS 4, Media Stream is its replacement  —  Out of everything revealed in yesterday's white iPhone 4 prototype leak, a small settings pane titled ‘Facebook’ stuck to us the most.  The first thing that came to mind was that iOS 4 was supposed to include some Facebook integration.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Obama: I Want People To Feel The Same About The Next Internet Breakthrough As They Did About The Moonwalk  —  Obama spent a considerable amount of time preaching to the choir at today's Facebook Town Hall event, first bringing up Intel founder and Hungarian immigrant Andy Grove as an example …
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
Sites Retool for Google Effect  —  Burned by Google Inc.'s recent changes to its search formula, small businesses are experimenting with strategies to recover lost Web traffic while seeking out new ways to generate sales—some even scaling back daily operations.
Popular Mechanics:
Should Cops Be Allowed to Scan Your Phone During a Traffic Stop?  —  In Michigan, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a complaint alleging that Michigan State Police officers used forensic cellphone analyzers to snoop in drivers' cellphones during routine traffic stops.
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
BlackBerry Curve Touch to be revealed at BlackBerry World; June-July launch  —  Here's some interesting information for you BlackBerry lovers out there.  We finally have some firm details surrounding the GSM counterpart to the Malibu, which will be a CDMA Curve Touch launching late fall.
Discussion: SlashPhone, TmoNews and Know Your Cell
Electronista:
Foursquare co-founder makes unusual stop at Apple  —  Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley drew some attention Wednesday with a check-in at Apple's Cupertino headquarters.  The post itself gave no clues but saw him check in at the same time as Holger Luedorf, the company's key organizer …
Discussion: SlashGear and 9 to 5 Mac
Nicholas Jackson / The Atlantic Online:
Gawker's Traffic Numbers Are Worse Than Anyone Anticipated  —  When Gawker launched an aggressive redesign back in early February, the tech blogs were waiting to see what would happen.  How would readers respond?  (The assumption was that the reaction would be negative …
David / TmoNews:
HTC Sensation Arriving June 8th?  Google Says Yes  —  Let's just preface this right away with the idea that the June 8th date we are currently seeing as the rumored release for the HTC Sensation COULD be a Europe launch date.  We've been hearing June since the middle of March for the HTC Pyramid, now known as the HTC Sensation.
 
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Edmond Lococo / Bloomberg:
China Mobile's Rural Users Lift Subscriptions Past 600 Million
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In Europe, Apple iOS Ecosystem Twice the Size of Android When Accounting for Mobile Phones …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Socialcam 2.0 Lands on The iPhone
Asher Moses / Sydney Morning Herald:
Hulu to shake up Aussie TV market
Discussion: Gizmodo Australia, Thanks:waulok
Myriam Joire / Engadget:
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Discussion: SAI
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Oracle versus Google patent trial likely by November
Discussion: PC World and TechEye
James Temple / SFGate:
Firefox developer to open San Francisco office
Discussion: NBC Bay Area, Thanks:jasonlloren
Royal Pingdom:
The iPad already used more than Linux computers
Discussion: everythingiCafe
Mike Elgan / Datamation:
Time for Google to Cut Up Its Credit Card?
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com and The Raw Feed