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Apple:
Apple Reports First Quarter Results  —  Highest Quarterly Revenue and Earnings Ever All-Time Record iPhone, iPad and Mac Sales  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2012 first quarter which spanned 14 weeks and ended December 31, 2011.
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Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Apple's Q1 2012: $46.3B In Revenue, 37M iPhones And 15.4M iPads Sold  —  We're still a few minutes out from Apple's Q1 2012 earnings call — but as is par for the course, the raw numbers have made their way out a bit early.  And they.. are... insane.  —  Note: For those wondering …
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple reports record $13.06 billion profit
Nilay Patel / Apple Q1 2012 earnings call live blog:   APPLE Q1 2012 EARNINGS CALL LIVE BLOG
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales: MPAA chairman Christopher Dodd should be fired  —  Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales had fighting words for Motion Picture Association of America chairman Christopher Dodd, calling the former Senator and current lobbyist out on his recent threats and pronouncing that the MPAA should fire its chief.
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Jay A. Fernandez / Hollywood Reporter:
Sundance 2012: MPAA's Chris Dodd Calls Piracy Defeat a ‘Watershed Event’  —  Speaking at the festival's daily Cinema Cafe series, Dodd said the tech community's ability to mobilize the public was a game-changing phenomenon that he hadn't seen in more than three decades in public office.
Mike Thompson / The Escapist:   Petition Demands White House Investigate SOPA Supporter
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook Timeline Now Pushed To Everyone, Users Get A Week To Clean Up Profiles  —  You can run, but you can't hide.  Facebook's biggest user interface overhaul since the Wall, the Facebook Timeline, is now becoming mandatory for all users.  According to the company, over the next few weeks, everyone will get the new Timeline.
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Dan Graziano / BGR:   Facebook forcing Timeline on users ‘over the next few weeks’
Yahoo! Inc.:
Yahoo! Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Results  —  Fourth Quarter Operating Income Increases 10% Year over Year  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)— Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO) today reported results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2011.
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Yahoo's Q4 Limps In Close To Wall Street's Expectations  —  First look at Yahoo Q4 earnings: Earnings of $0.24 a share on revenues of $1.17 billion.  Wall Street was looking for $0.23 and $1.19 billion.  —  For a look at what investors had been expecting, consult Kara Swisher's preview from last night.
Gartner:
Gartner Says Apple Became the Top Semiconductor Customer in 2011  —  Top 10 Original Equipment Manufacturers Represented $105.6 Billion of Semiconductor Demand, Accounting for 35 Percent of Total Semiconductor Chip Revenue in 2011  —  Leading electronic equipment manufacturers remained …
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Larry Page to Googlers: If You Don't Get SPYW, Work Somewhere Else  —  Yesterday, I wrote that Google needs to come clean with its users: Either the company is meddling with search results (as all evidence suggests) or it is still committed to all the ideals it espoused when the company was going public.
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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Google to Update Privacy Policy to Cover Wider Data Use
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Ubuntu Wants to Replace Menus with a HUD  —  Ubuntu, the popular Linux distribution, has been experimenting with a number of interface designs lately.  Today, the project's founder Mark Shuttleworth announced that the next major version of Ubuntu, 12.04 LTS, will feature a replacement for the menu bar.
Vanguard News:
Obama to honor wife of late Apple visionary's, Jobs  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama will honor the life of Steve Jobs by welcoming the late Apple visionary's wife Laurene Powell Jobs to his State of the Union address on Tuesday.  —  Powell Jobs will watch Obama's showpiece annual address …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
RIM's roadmap for 2012/Q1 2013: Two BlackBerry 10 phones, two Curves, HSPA+ PlayBook  —  We've been gathering info on what exactly Research In Motion is planning to release over the next year and even into early 2013, and we now have a solid picture to share with you.
Jason Fried / Inc.com:
When It's Time to Start Over  —  Sometimes, the best way to improve something is to begin again from scratch.  Even if it's your top-selling product.  —  In 2004, 37signals, the software company I co-founded, released a Web-based project-management and collaboration tool called Basecamp.
Boonsri Dickinson / Business Insider:
Famous iPhone Hacker George Hotz Has Left Facebook  —  After hacking into Sony's Playstation 3, George Hotz was hired by Facebook last June.  —  That gig didn't last long.  He no longer works there.  —  So what is he doing in his free time?  —  Hacking.
Discussion: ZDNet and Redmond Pie
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Dutch appeals court says Galaxy Tab 10.1 doesn't infringe Apple's design right  —  Apple's enforcement of design-related rights against Samsung's Galaxy Tab range of tablet computers has suffered yet another setback, with the Gerechthof 's-Gravenhage (an appeals court in The Hague, Netherlands) …
Ray Walters / ExtremeTech:
The Pirate Bay declares 3D printed “physibles” as the next frontier of piracy  —  While the subject of online piracy is certainly nothing new, the recent protests against SOPA and the federal raid on Megaupload have thrust the issue into mainstream media.  More than ever, people are discussing …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Steve Jobs looked to reinvent Apple's iPhone photography with instant capture system, advanced light-field sensors  —  “He had three things that he wanted to reinvent: the television, textbooks and photography,” said biographer Walter Isaacson in an interview following the release of his biography on Steve Jobs.
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
With powerful new apps, Producteev is the task management service of your dreams  —  If you're like me, you've tried and abandoned countless task management services.  It's easy to make a half-hearted promise with yourself to organize your tasks, it's tougher to find a service that's flexible …
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Mozilla releases Rust 0.1, the language that will eventually usurp Firefox's C++  —  After more than five years in the pipeline, Mozilla Labs and the Rust community have released the first alpha — version 0.1 — of the Rust programming language compiler.  The Rust language emphasizes concurrency …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Highlight, a Social Network for the Real World  —  For all that Facebook does to help you organize your online relationships, it doesn't do much to help you interact with folks in the physical world.  Every time you enter a restaurant, conference, or hotel lobby, you're surrounded by strangers …
Mike Orcutt / Technology Review:
Twitter Bots Create Surprising New Social Connections  —  Researchers show how simple programs posing as real people can shape interactions on Twitter.  —  You might have encountered a “Twitter bot” before: an automated program that perhaps retweeted something you wrote because it had particular keywords.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to replace Mix with a new developer conference  —  Summary: Microsoft is doing away with its annual Mix designer/developer event.  This year, instead, the company is planning a developer conference likely to focus on Windows 8.  —  The rumors were true: Microsoft is doing away …
Thomas Houston / The Verge:
Vimeo redesign offers cleaner interface, bigger videos, Tumblr-like feed for browsing  —  Search is great when it comes to video, but how should a video service best show videos to users that they don't necessarily know they want to see?  YouTube's recent redesign opted for a visually busy route …
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Facebook added $15.3B and 230k jobs to European economy in 2011  —  Facebook added $15.3 billion in value to the European economy in the past year, COO Sheryl Sandberg said at the Digital Life Design conference in Munich Tuesday.  —  Sandberg, in her closing keynote on how social media …
Andrew Kippen / Boxee Blog:
Boxee Live TV now available for $49 - let the cord cutting begin!  —  Boxee 1.5 rolls out to Boxee Boxes today and Boxee Live TV tuners have begun shipping!  Order one now for your Boxee Box!  With the addition of Live TV, the Boxee Box holds the distinction of being the only mainstream set top box …
BBC:
Star Wars crowdsourced film reaches million YouTube views  —  A feline cast member delivers a creditable performance in Star Wars Uncut  —  A “directors cut” of a fan-made version of Star Wars has passed one million views on YouTube.  —  The film, uploaded on 18 January …
 
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's SQL Server 2012 to launch on March 7
Discussion: PC World
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Supporting sensors in Windows 8
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
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Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Audiobooks.com launches unlimited book streaming service for $24.95 a month
Amar Toor / Engadget:
Orange offers free Wikipedia access to mobile users in Africa and the Middle East
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Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Social TV Startup Bluefin Labs Lands $12 Million Investment
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
iBooks Author EULA restrictions invite antitrust concerns
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Verizon rides iPhone 4S, LTE in Q4 at expense of profit margins
John Markoff / New York Times:
Google's Autonomous Vehicles Draw Skepticism at Legal Symposium
Discussion: CNET, Digital Trends and Gizmodo
Kathleen De Vere / Inside Mobile Apps:
Exclusive: Microsoft to discontinue its virtual currency system Microsoft Points