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4:10 AM ET, October 19, 2011


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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.
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  —  Yes, Apple missed with their earnings today.  It's the first time in a long time that has happened.  Some are suggesting that hasn't happened since 2002.  That's big news.
Discussion: TUAW
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Apple's just-okay quarter in charts
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's cash hoard grows to $81B with two-thirds of it offshore
Discussion: AllThingsD
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple's CFO: iPhone rumors had a definite negative fiscal impact on Apple's business
Discussion: The Next Web, The Loop and GigaOM, 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 …
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, Engadget and This is my next
Joshua Topolsky / This is my next:
Exclusive: Matias Duarte on the philosophy of Android, and an in-depth look at Ice Cream Sandwich  —  I'm sitting in an anonymous, fluorescently-lit office on the Google campus where the Android team is situated, a surprisingly bare setting that seems to clash with the rest of the company's, multi-colored, neo-hippie aesthetic.
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 …
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Galaxy Nexus versus the competition: by the numbers
Discussion: Engadget and
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
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 …
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
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?
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.
Jay Greene / CNET News:
Microsoft extends revenue guarantees to Yahoo
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 …
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.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Ben Horowitz: “Facebook Is The Best-Run Company In Technology”  —  Today, at the Web 2.0 Summit, Ben Horowitz, the former co-founder and CEO of Opsware and founding partner of well-known venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz, took to the stage today to speak to John Heilemann of New York Magazine.
Discussion: Mashable! and The New Persuaders
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, @digiphile and Market Wire
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.
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Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
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Larry Magid / CNET News:
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Dan Auerbach / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Groupon's IPO Road Show Set for Next Week
Discussion: Reuters and CNET News
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Michael Dell On His Infamous 'I'd Shut Down Apple' Quote: “My Answer Was Largely Misconstrued.”
Ian Sherr / Digits:
Apple to Close Some Retail Stores Wednesday During Jobs Memorial
Discussion: 9to5Mac
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