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5:20 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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Final Shoe Drops: Apple Now More Profitable Than Microsoft Too
Discussion: MacRumors
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
Discussion: WinRumors
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Techmeme Becomes Jobmeme Too
Discussion: @eldon and WebProNews
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
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.
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
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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Tom Krazit / mocoNews:
Motorola Shipped 250,000 Xooms and 4.1 Million Smartphones In Q1  —  Motorola (NYSE: MMI) Mobility is still losing money, but it managed to narrow its losses during its first quarter as it shipped 4.1 million smartphones and 250,000 of its first Android tablet, the Xoom.
Discussion: Between the Lines Blog and BGR
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
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
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.”
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
 
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Sprint's weathers iPhone onslaught well in first quarter
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