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1:05 AM ET, April 29, 2011

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Google Mobile Blog:
Video Chat on Your Android Phone  —  Sometimes, the expressions on a person's face can mean much more than what they say.  To help you stay in touch with your friends and family, we're launching Google Talk with video and voice chat for Android phones.  —  You can now video or voice chat …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports Record Third-Quarter Results  —  Redmond, Wash. - Apr. 28, 2011 - Microsoft Corp. today announced third-quarter revenue of $16.43 billion for the quarter ended Mar. 31, 2011, a 13% increase from the same period of the prior year.  Operating income, net income …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Final Shoe Drops: Apple Now More Profitable Than Microsoft Too  —  Just about a year ago, when Apple passed Microsoft in market cap, the Redmond loyalists were out in full force: that means nothing — look at the revenues!  When Apple passed Microsoft in revenues last October, it was: who cares — look at the profits!
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft beats Q3 2011 earnings estimates thanks to Xbox and Office
Discussion: Network World and SAI, Thanks:findingnewo
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Revenue Up 13% to $16.43B, Earnings At $0.61 Per Share
Discussion: SlashGear
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Hackers Claim to Have PlayStation Users' Card Data  —  Security researchers said Thursday that they had seen discussions on underground Internet forums indicating that the hackers who infiltrated the Sony PlayStation Network last week may have made off with the credit card numbers of Sony customers.
Discussion: GMSV
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George Hotz / geohot got sued:
Recent News  —  To start, I sure am glad I don't have a PSN account about now.  And, as a onetime victim of identity theft, I feel for everyone who's data has been stolen.  I'm not going to make cracks at Sony for flipping a s**t when /their/ data is compromised, and not even having the decency …
Patrick Seybold / PlayStation Blog:
Q&A #1 for PlayStation Network and Qriocity Services
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Gore, Ex-Apple Engineers Team Up to Blow Up the Book  —  Former Apple engineers Kimon Tsinteris (left) and Mike Matas teamed up with Al Gore to create a new publishing platform called Push Pop Press.  Photo: Jon Snyder/Wired.com  —  What do you do after working for Apple …
Arn / MacRumors:
White iPhone 4 Slightly Thicker Than Black iPhone 4 [Updated]  —  Earlier today, a MacRumors reader notified us that the white iPhone 4 is ever so slightly thicker than the black iPhone 4.  It's a small difference, but enough that the white iPhone 4 wouldn't fit in his Incase slider case:
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Anyone Can Take Down Facebook Pages with a Fake Email Address  —  Something strange has been happening to several popular Facebook pages in recent weeks: they've disappeared.  According to the affected page owners, they're victims of bogus DMCA claims.  The DMCA, or Digital Millennium Copyright Act …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Spotify Lands Major Studio Deals, Prepares To Launch Movie Service  —  Spotify continues to negotiate with Facebook over its long promised U.S. launch.  But that isn't the only thing the music streaming service has been up to.  They've negotiated a number of deals with major movie studios …
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Daniel Ek / @eldsjal:   No it ain't true. Media these days are funny. Soon I'll be reading that Spotify is launching a space rocket.
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Billboards suck.  Promote your company's jobs on Techmeme!  —  As you might have noticed, a hiring boom is underway in tech, leading to ballooning salaries, aggressive recruiting tactics, and finally, billboards.  [1, 2] Yes, billboards along Bay Area highways now pitch jobs to the small fraction …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Techmeme Becomes Jobmeme Too
Discussion: @eldon
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Godspeed on That Investing Thing, Yertle-But I Still Have Some Questions for Your Boss, Arianna  —  Would it surprise you to know that BoomTown doesn't really care anymore if TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington sidelines as a blogger while he makes investments in tech companies his tech news site covers?
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
EXCLUSIVE Q&A: Arrington Says The Real Conflict Of Interest In Tech Reporting Has Nothing To Do With Money
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple is Designing a Great New Fitness Center App  —  On April 28, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals various aspects of a newly advanced Fitness Center App that they've been working on for some time now.
Bill Slawski / SEO by the Sea:
A Hint of What Google's Social Network Might Look Like?  —  Google is becoming more social on a number of levels, but really doesn't have a central hub where those social interactions can all be seen at once.  That may change in the future, and a new patent application from Google shows …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Logitech Makes a Measly $5M From Google TV  —  Logitech had a rough fourth fiscal quarter, with sales in Europe far below expectations, and the company's Google TV business not exactly helping to turn things around.  Logitech's Revue Google TV set-top box and periphery devices …
Discussion: Engadget, Mashable! and MacNN
Bloomberg:
Samsung Broadens Patent Dispute Against Apple With U.S. Suit  —  Samsung Electronics Co., the second-largest maker of mobile phones, broadened its patent- infringement dispute with Apple Inc. (AAPL) by suing the iPhone creator in the U.S. a week after making claims in Asia and Europe.
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
Tumblr Apologizes to Danah Boyd, Restores Her Original Username  —  Tumblr President and customer service special agent John Maloney.  (Source: john.io)  —  Tumblr has restored Microsoft researcher and pundit Danah Boyd's blog to its original location after a public spat.
Discussion: danah boyd
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Why Instapaper Free is taking an extended vacation  —  Last fall, I conducted an experiment: I quietly removed Instapaper Free from the App Store1 for three days, leaving only the full, $4.99 Instapaper app.  Not only did sales increase incrementally, but nobody seemed to notice.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
eBay's PayPal Buys Mobile Payments Startup Fig Card  —  In its second acquisition in two weeks, eBay's PayPal unit has bought mobile payments startup FigCard.  Terms of the acquisition, which was announced on the PayPal blog, were not disclosed.  —  Boston-based Fig Card allows merchants …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy S II review  —  If you don't already know all about the Samsung Galaxy S II, where have you been the past two months?  The successor to one of the most popular Android handsets to date carries a burden of expectations almost as sizable as its 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen.
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Accel Invests $35M. in 99designs...After Years of Trying  —  Accel Partners has invested $35 million in the crowdsource design service 99designs- a monster of a series A. Of course, 99designs is not your average early-stage startup.  Born in Melbourne, Australia out of an older company called sitepoint.com …
Lisa Tsai / DigiTimes:
Three Foxconn employees charged for leaking iPad 2 design, says report  —  Three employees from Taiwan-based Foxconn Electronics' (Hon Hai Precision Industry's) plants in Shenzhen, China, have been charged with leaking iPad 2's design to outside accessory companies in China, according to a Chinese-language sznews.com report.
Henry Blodget / SAI:
Amazon's Cloud Crash Disaster Permanently Destroyed Many Customers' Data  —  In addition to taking down the sites of dozens of high-profile companies for hours (and, in some cases, days), Amazon's huge EC2 cloud services crash permanently destroyed some data.
Discussion: Digital Trends
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Square To Beef Up Card Reader Security This Summer (And VeriFone Wasn't So Wrong, After All)
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Shazam gives Android users unlimited tagging in 2011, Shazam Friends
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Performics: Mobile Impressions Cross 10 Percent Threshold
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Redbox will offer $2 per day videogame rentals nationwide in June
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
DSLReports says member information stolen
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Whoops: T-Mobile overestimates potential severance for ‘large number’ of employees
Thanks:johnhcook
Computerworld:
SAP Q1 revenue up, but profit growth slow
Discussion: eWeek
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
For Consumers, a Different Approach to Search
David Hinkle / Joystiq:
Microsoft confirms Hulu Plus on Xbox 360 for tomorrow, free for all until May 6
Joe Weisenthal / SAI:
Research In Motion Slashes Outlook, And Says Smartphone Sales Are Weak
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Yahoo! Mail is down for many [Updated]
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Netflix Is Killing BitTorrent in The US