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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 …
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Chris Ziegler / This is my next:   Android 2.3.4 bundles Google Talk video calling, rolling out to Nexus S soon
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!
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Revenue Up 13% to $16.43B, Earnings At $0.61 Per Share
Discussion: SlashGear
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft beats Q3 2011 earnings estimates thanks to Xbox and Office
Discussion: Computerworld, SAI and Network World, Thanks:findingnewo
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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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Facebook shoots first, ignores questions later; account lock-out attack works (Update X)  —  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 way Thursday morning …
Discussion: Techdirt, Pulp Tech Blog, Gawker, TiPb and WebProNews, Thanks:clint
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Techmeme Becomes Jobmeme Too
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
Discussion: AppleInsider, CNET News and 9 to 5 Mac
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 …
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.
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.
John Cook / GeekWire:
Kyle of South Park surprised by iPhone location tracking  —  You know you've got a PR situation on your hands when the South Park creators get involved.  Apple is no stranger to the biting wit of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and the latest episode of South Park takes full aim at Steve Jobs …
Arn / MacRumors:
White iPhone 4 Slightly Thicker Than Black iPhone 4  —  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:
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: Gadgetwise
Tom Krazit / mocoNews:
Updated: 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.
 
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