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4:50 PM ET, April 28, 2011

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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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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft beats Q3 2011 earnings estimates thanks to Xbox and Office
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:findingnewo
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:   Microsoft Revenue Up 13% to $16.43B, Earnings At $0.61 Per Share
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Apple May Have Snapped Up iCloud.com  —  What will be the name of Apple's cloud-based music service?  No one knows.  However, a tipster of mine says that it might be iCloud.  Why?  Because the Cupertino-based computing giant is rumored to be a likely buyer of the domain iCloud.com.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Neowin.net, Thanks:redmondpie
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Facebook shoots first, ignores questions later; account lock-out attack works (Update VIII)  —  Got enemies on Facebook?  Facebook is so eager to protect copyright that the mere accusation of copyright infringement is enough to get an account locked.  Ars found this out the hard …
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  —  How do you know times are booming in the tech sector?  Techmeme just became a job board.  —  To be clear, it will continue to be the go-to source for technology news as it has been for the past several years — but there's now a new area in the right-hand column devoted to “Who's hiring in tech”.
Discussion: @eldon and WebProNews
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.
Patrick Seybold / PlayStation Blog:
Q&A #1 for PlayStation Network and Qriocity Services  —  First off, we want to again thank you for your patience.  We know that the PlayStation Network and Qriocity outage has been frustrating for you.  We know you are upset, and so we are taking steps to make our services safer and more secure than ever before.
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: SlashGear, App Advice and PC World
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple rumored to have cut CDMA iPhone 4 orders by half as sales slow  —  Sales of Apple's CDMA-based iPhone, which made its debut on Verizon earlier this year, have reportedly eased considerably following initial pent-up demand, prompting the company to halve its production of the device for the remainder of 2010.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Verizon freezes Droid Charge launch indefinitely, blaming ‘unexpected delays’ (update)  —  Can't say we're surprised by this, but turns out Verizon's decided to delay the launch of its Samsung Droid Charge — originally scheduled for today — at the very last minute.
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Netflix Is Killing BitTorrent in The US  —  Something's not right in the United States.  Increasingly people start to pay for Netflix subscriptions so they can stream movies on demand.  In the States Netflix nearly doubled the number of new subscribers in the first quarter of 2010, from 1.7 to 3.3 million.
Discussion: Gawker
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook's Cut From Deals Partners: Nothing  —  Many people have been wondering what cut Facebook is taking from partners through their new deals product.  According to our sources, Facebook is currently charging their partners nothing to participate in the new deals program.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Thanks:allnick
Fred / A VC:
Finding And Buying A Domain Name  —  I believe that a good domain name is an important success factor in building and launching consumer web services.  It's not in my top ten but it could be.  It's certainly something we think about a lot when making investments and working with companies post investment.
Discussion: @llsethj
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 …
Discussion: @eldsjal
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple took 74% of tablet market in Q1  —  Counting the iPad, its PC sales grew 187.9% year over year, according to Canalys  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Canalys  —  “Canalys today announced that the PC market grew 7% in Q1 2011, as the pad market, led by Apple's iPad, continued to bolster growth.”
Joe Weisenthal / SAI:
Research In Motion Slashes Outlook, And Says Smartphone Sales Are Weak  —  Bad news for defenders of Research in Motion.  —  The Blackberry maker just slashed its forecast for Q1 to $1.30-$1.37 (from $1.47-$1.55), saying that sales of its smartphones will be in the lower range of previously guided forecasts of 13.5-14.5 million.
Discussion: mocoNews, Mobilized and mocoNews
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 …
Discussion: SAI and 99designs Blog
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
There Are Now More Free Apps For Android Than For The iPhone: Distimo  —  App store analytics provider Distimo today published its latest report, once again zooming in on the pricing of mobile applications across a variety of platforms.  We got an exclusive early look at the new report.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Sprint, Google Voice tight integration is live (hands on)  —  The new integration that lets Sprint users tie their accounts even tighter with Google Voice — make your Sprint number work through Google Voice without porting it over or just make your Google Voice number show on outgoing calls …
Discussion: Android and Me
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Sprint's weathers iPhone onslaught well in first quarter  —  Sprint delivered better-than-expected first quarter results as the company added 1.1 million total wireless subscribers, improved its postpaid churn and topped revenue expectations.  —  The No. 3 wireless carrier reported a net loss …
David Hinkle / Joystiq:
Microsoft confirms Hulu Plus on Xbox 360 for tomorrow, free for all until May 6  —  We knew it was coming, but Microsoft has finally gotten around to confirming the news: Hulu Plus will officially launch on the Xbox 360 tomorrow, April 29.  Not only will it feature Kinect support …
 
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Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Gilt Groupe Competitor ideeli Raises $40 Million in Capital
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Yahoo! Mail is down for many [Updated]
Discussion: GigaOM, Between the Lines Blog and @yahoo, Thanks:krynsky
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
What's Really Going On With Facebook's China Plans
Discussion: SAI, DigiCha, Adotas and Gawker
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Spiceworks Picks Up $25M to Build Facebook for IT
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
NPD: iPhone 4 Is Currently The Best-Sellng Device In The U.S.
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
App-Specific Processors to Fight Dark Silicon
Discussion: Gizmodo
Peter Eckersley / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Why We Need An Open Wireless Movement
Discussion: Computerworld
 Earlier Items: 
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Holding Companies Accountable for Privacy Breaches
Discussion: WebProNews
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
An Apple VP's $13.7 million payday
Discussion: Edible Apple and AppleInsider
JC Fletcher / Joystiq:
Hulu Plus available on Xbox April 29
Discussion: ITworld.com and IndustryGamers
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Greplin: 1.5 Billion Documents Indexed, Six Engineers
Discussion: @akumar
Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
First Look: Inside the Army's App Store for War
Discussion: Engadget
Quentin Hardy / At Your Servers:
Bing Maps Aerial Victory
Discussion: TechNet Blogs