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5:45 PM ET, October 18, 2011

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Apple:
Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results  —  CUPERTINO, California—October 18, 2011—Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2011 fourth quarter ended September 24, 2011.  The Company posted quarterly revenue of $28.27 billion and quarterly net profit of $6.62 billion, or $7.05 per diluted share.
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Mark Gongloff / MarketBeat:
Apple Misses on Earnings, Revenue, iPhone Sales, Stock Tanks … The mixed-bag earnings season continues.  —  Apple reported third-quarter earnings of $7.05 a share, on revenue of $28.3 billion.  —  Analysts, on average, expected Apple to earn $7.22 a share on revenue of $29.5 billion.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
AAPL Slips 5%: FYQ4 Misses, FYQ1 View Tops Estimates  —  Apple (AAPL) this afternoon reported fiscal Q4 revenue and profit below analysts' expectations.  —  Revenue in the three months ended in September rose to $28.27 billion, yielding EPS of $7.05.  —  Analysts had been modeling $29.69 billion …
Discussion: AppleInsider, VentureBeat and TechFlash
Tom Loftus / Digits:
Live Blog: Apple Reports Quarterly Earnings  —  Today Apple delivers its quarterly results, the final report of Apple's 2011 fiscal year.  —  By any right it will be historic.  Today's earnings call will be Tim Cook's first since taking over the CEO position on a permanent basis.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple's Q4: 6 million Lion downloads, over 3M iPod touches, 180M iBooks, 77.5M Apple Store visitors  —  Apple announced its Q4 earnings call earlier today, beating its own estimates but falling slightly shy of the ‘industry estimates’ in revenue and iPhone sales.
Discussion: @daringfireball
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Records Q4 2011 Earnings of $6.6B on $28.3B in Revenue, Tops $100 Billion in Sales for Fiscal 2011
Discussion: AppleInsider, AllThingsD and 9to5Mac
Victoria Barret / Forbes:
Dropbox: The Inside Story Of Tech's Hottest Startup  —  Here's that rare Steve Jobs story, one that's never been told, about the company that got away.  Jobs had been tracking a young software developer named Drew Houston, who blasted his way onto Apple's radar screen when he reverse-engineered …
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Todd Haselton / BGR:
Verizon unveils DROID RAZR by Motorola, pre-orders begin October 27th for $299.99  —  Verizon Wireless announced the DROID RAZR by Motorola on Tuesday, a brand new Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) smartphone that will take advantage of the carrier's 4G LTE network.
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Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Motorola Droid RAZR for Verizon announced, just 7.1mm thick  —  The phone known alternately as the Spyder, the Droid RAZR, and the Droid HD prior to its release is now official — and Motorola has decided to go with the Droid RAZR name.  As expected, it's got LTE for Verizon …
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Motorola Droid RAZR hands-on (video)
Discussion: SlashGear and Geek.com
Roger Cheng / CNET:
RIM Co-CEO unveils next-gen BBX platform  —  Research in Motion Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis pulled back the curtain on a new name for its next-generation operating system, BBX.  BBX combines the best qualities of RIM's older BlackBerry operating system and its QNX platform, which powers the PlayBook tablet …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Michael Dell On His Infamous 'I'd Shut Down Apple' Quote: “My Answer Was Largely Misconstrued.”  —  During a Q&A today at Web 2. Summit, I asked Dell CEO Michael Dell if he regretted saying that Apple should shut down the company and its CEO sell the stock back to shareholders 14 years ago …
Discussion: Gizmodo, The Tech Trade and iClarified
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Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Michael Dell: HP's confusion presents opportunity for Dell
Yahoo! Inc.:
Yahoo! Reports Third Quarter 2011 Results  —  Revenue, Operating Income, and EPS Exceed Consensus  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)— Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) today reported results for the quarter ended September 30, 2011.  —  Revenue excluding traffic acquisition costs ("revenue ex-TAC" …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Q3 Revenue Down 5 Percent To $1.07B; Net Income Down 26 Percent To $293M
Discussion: Social Markets, TechFlash and ABCNEWS
Jon Pielak / Vectorform Labs:
The impact of Apple's Siri release: From the former lead iPhone developer of Siri  —  OCT, WED 12TH, 2011 POSTED IN : Technical, User Experience BY : Jon Pielak Comments  —  The Siri application released with the iPhone 4s has the potential to radically impact how we interact with technology.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google To Begin Encrypting Searches & Outbound Clicks By Default With SSL Search  —  Google will now begin encrypting searches that people do by default, if they are logged into Google.com already through a secure connection.  The change to SSL search also means that sites people visit …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Groupon's IPO Road Show Set for Next Week  —  According to multiple sources close to the situation, Groupon plans to conduct its road show for investors next week, starting either on Monday or Tuesday.  —  While the decision to move forward could still change …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google Docs Presentations Get Real-Time Collaboration, Transitions and Animations  —  Just about a year and a half ago, most of Google's productivity apps in the Google Docs suite received major overhauls that brought real-time collaboration and a number of other new features to Google's online document, spreadsheet and drawing tools.
Matt Kelly / Facebook Developers:
Introducing HTML5 Resource Center  —  Many developers are now using HTML5 to build apps.  It is easy to develop for and it works across a number of different platforms, with minimal or no code change.  You can code in something as simple as Notepad, and instantly see it come to life in the browser on your desktop, phone, or tablet.
Ian Sherr / Digits:
Apple to Close Some Retail Stores Wednesday During Jobs Memorial  —  Apple plans to close some of its retail stores for at least an hour Wednesday, according to two people familiar with the matter, a gesture that coincides with the company's planned celebration of co-founder Steve Jobs's life at its headquarters.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Khosla, Founders Fund, and Eric Schmidt Put $10 Million Into BillGuard  —  The other day, I mentioned in passing that Khosla Ventures invested in BillGuard, a TC Disrupt finalist from last May.  Here are more details.  It turns out that Khosla led the round, a $10 million series B …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Intel rides notebook PCs, data centers to strong Q3  —  Summary: Intel's third quarter driven by strong enterprise demand and surprising growth in notebooks.  —  Chip giant Intel delivered strong third quarter results on surprising growth for notebook PCs as well as data center strength.
Discussion: Engadget, CNET News and Intel
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Mysterious Site Creates a Horror Movie, Starring You  —  1:08 p.m. |  Updated Adding some details on the origin of the site.  —  There's a hot new Web site making the rounds that mines your Facebook account and inserts your photo and other information into a creepy video …
Larry Dignan / CNET News:
EMC's quarter tops expectations  —  Storage giant EMC reported better-than-expected third-quarter earnings and said it is on track to hit its 2011 targets.  —  EMC reported today quarterly earnings of $606 million, or 27 cents a share, on revenue of $4.98 billion, up 18 percent from a year ago.
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
HP TouchPad gets webOS 3.0.4 update, now able to answer calls from non-webOS phones  —  It may not have resulted in much of a numerical bump, but the just-released webOS 3.0.4 software update for the HP TouchPad is a fairly significant one.  The big new addition is the ability to pair non-webOS phones …
 
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iOS 5 Already Powering 1 in 3 Eligible Devices
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