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1:35 AM ET, October 19, 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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
After A Rare Miss, Apple Predicts Record iPhone, iPad Sales And Hints At A $40 Billion Quarter
Discussion: TUAW
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Apple's just-okay quarter in charts
Thanks:fromedome
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple's CFO: iPhone rumors had a definite negative fiscal impact on Apple's business
Discussion: The Next Web and The Loop, Thanks:findingnewo
Paul Miller / This is my next:
Android 4.0 ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ official: release in November, SDK available today (updated with screenshots)  —  Alongside a new flagship handset (check out our hands-on with the Galaxy Nexus!), Google is announcing an all-new version of its Android OS.  Codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich …
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Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
A Quick Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Feature Rundown  —  While hardware junkies like myself may have spent the past few weeks drooling over the Galaxy Nexus, the onstage demo of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich proves that the software powering the device is just as impressive (if not a little moreso).
Discussion: GigaOM, This is my next and Engadget
Vlad Savov / This is my next:
Galaxy Nexus with Ice Cream Sandwich: pictures, video, and hands-on  —  Samsung may have been the one to launch and produce it, but the Galaxy Nexus is all about Google and its latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich.  This 4.65-inch smartphone is loaded with a fundamentally new operating system …
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Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Galaxy Nexus versus the competition: by the numbers
Discussion: Engadget and Neowin.net
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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David Coursey / Forbes:
How Dropbox Will Die  —  Dropbox, the online file system, may be “tech's hottest startup” but that does not mean the company will survive.  —  There is always a “ hottest startup” in tech and in most cases the level of heat is almost inversely proportional to likelihood of lasting success.
Discussion: Digits
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Q3 Revenue Down 5 Percent To $1.07B; Net Income Down 26 Percent To $293M  —  Yahoo reported third quarter earnings today.  Revenue excluding traffic acquisition costs ("revenue ex-TAC") was $1.072 billion for the third quarter of 2011, a 5 percent decrease from the third quarter of 2010.
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Jay Greene / CNET News:
Microsoft extends revenue guarantees to Yahoo
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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The Official Google Blog:
Designing an infinite digital bookcase  —  (Cross-posted on the Google Code blog)  —  As digital designers, we often think about how to translate traditional media into a virtual space.  Recently, we thought about the bookcase.  What would it look like if it was designed to hold digital books?
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Ballmer On Not Buying Yahoo: “Sometimes You're Lucky”  —  Speaking today at Web 2.0, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was boisterous as usual.  In a rousing talk with John Batelle, Ballmer talked about how, since last being on stage at Web 2.0 three years ago, Bing has doubled its market share …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Mary Meeker's 2011 Presentation On Internet Trends [Slides]  —  Kleiner Perkins partner and former Morgan Stanley analyst Mary Meeker is about to take the stage here at Web 2.0 Summit to present on Internet trends, as she does every year.  —  I'll be writing this up live, so keep refreshing.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Caught Between Two Conferences  —  Two technology conferences, two blocks away from each other in San Francisco, were two worlds apart.  —  On Tuesday, the Web 2.0 Summit and Research In Motion's developer conference explored the future of the Internet and mobile technologies.
Discussion: SplatF and @digiphile
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Facebook power users ‘have gone to Google+ and Twitter’  —  Facebook's biggest threat is that its ‘power users’ have gone to Twitter or Google+, one of its founding investors and former president has said.  —  Sean Parker, managing partner of Founders Fund, speaks at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco
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 …
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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Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Ben Horowitz: “Facebook Is The Best-Run Company In Technology”
Discussion: The New Persuaders and Mashable!
Larry Magid / CNET News:
An interview with Siri (podcast)
Dan Auerbach / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Gets Straight Privacy Answers From Amazon About New “Silk” Tablet Browser
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Timelines.com:
Why we are suing Facebook and a request for help
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Apple Wins a Key Patent for a Multi-Touch In-Plane Switching Display
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Quentin Hardy / Bits:
LinkedIn Wants to Make More Money From Job Recruiters
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Groupon's IPO Road Show Set for Next Week
Discussion: Reuters and CNET News