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11:55 AM ET, January 25, 2012

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple's Massive Numbers And Some Context  —  Simply looking over the numbers, it might be hard to wrap your head around what Apple just announced for their Q1 2012 results.  A company this big is not supposed to be able to nearly double revenue year-to-year.  Nor are they supposed to more than double profit.
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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.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Tim Cook sends congratulatory email, plans to ‘discuss some exciting new things going on at Apple’ at Town Hall tomorrow  —  Following today's blowout numbers, we just received word that Apple CEO Tim Cook sent a short email to Apple employees congratulating them both on a record setting holiday quarter …
Bloomberg:
Apple 'Didn't Bet High Enough' on China IPhone Demand, Cook Says  —  Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. underestimated the “staggering” demand for the iPhone 4S when it started sales in China this month, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said.  —  “We thought we were betting bold,” …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Why Apple TV is finally starting to matter  —  Hidden somewhere in Apple's earnings call is this little snippet: According to CEO Tim Cook, the company sold 1.4 million Apple TVs during the holiday quarter.  That's notable because it's about half of the devices that Apple had sold in the entire year prior …
Discussion: Evolver.fm, AllThingsD and CNET
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's blow-out quarter: Once again, the Street blew it
Discussion: MediaPost, Thanks:@philiped
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Tim Cook on His First Four Months as Apple CEO: Just Look at the Results
Discussion: 9to5Mac
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
More on Apple's Anobit acquisition: Team remains in Israel (for now), headed by notable chip VP
Dan Frommer / ReadWriteWeb:
Apple's Growth Rate Is Simply Incredible... And It's Accelerating
Discussion: SplatF
Kathleen De Vere / Inside Mobile Apps:
Apple has paid $4 billion to developers over lifetime of its app store
Discussion: Gotta Be Mobile
Alma Whitten / The Official Google Blog:
Updating our privacy policies and terms of service  —  In just over a month we will make some changes to our privacy policies and Google Terms of Service.  This stuff matters, so we wanted to explain what's changing, why and what these changes mean for users.  —  First, our privacy policies.
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Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Google announces privacy changes across products; users can't opt out
O2 Blog:
O2 mobile numbers and web browsing  —  Security is of the utmost importance to us and we take the protection of our customers' data extremely seriously.  —  We have seen the report published this morning suggesting the potential for disclosure of customers' mobile phone numbers to website owners.
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
O2 fixes number sending issue, blames it on 'technical changes" during routine maintenance
Discussion: PC Magazine and MacRumors
Scott Lowe / IGN:
Xbox 720 Will Be Six Times as Powerful as Current Gen  —  Sources confirm fall 2013 release, detail graphics processing power.  —  The next Xbox will ship to retailers in late October or early November of next year with six times the processing power of the Xbox 360, sources close to the project have told IGN.
Steve Hakusa / Official google.org Blog:
Public Alerts now on Google Maps  —  Today marks the launch of a new Google Crisis Response project: Google Public Alerts, a platform designed to bring you relevant emergency alerts when and where you're searching for them.  —  If a major weather event is headed for your area …
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Magazine:
Samsung: We'll Douse Kindle Fire With More Features, Pen, TV Integration  —  When it comes to Android tablets, Samsung is the anti-Amazon.  While the Kindle Fire comes in just one size, Samsung has released everything from the superthin Galaxy Tab 10.1 to the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus with a built-in remote control.
Thomas Catan / Wall Street Journal:
Con Artist Starred in Sting That Cost Google Millions  —  PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Wearing leg irons and guarded by federal agents, David Whitaker posed as an agent for online drug dealers in dozens of recorded phone calls and email exchanges with Google sales executives, spending $200,000 …
Somini Sengupta / Bits:
Facebook's Sandberg Gently Warns Europe About Privacy Rules  —  Concerned about privacy?  Maybe you should be concernedabout the economy instead.  That was the subtext of a keynote speech by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, at a technology conference in the heart of Europe on Tuesday.
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Aoife White / Bloomberg:
Companies Face Fines as Much as 2% of Sales Under EU Privacy Law
Nicole Leverich / Google Mobile Ads Blog:
New research: Global surge in smartphone usage, UK sees biggest jump with 15% increase  —  Mobile devices are mainstream.  In fact, according to our newest research more consumers in the US, UK, Germany, France and Japan use a mobile phone (feature phone or smartphone) than a computer (desktop or laptop).
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Chris Ziegler / The Verge:   Google: smartphone and tablet use growing, but not at the expense of PCs
Matt Mullenweg:
On the Evolution of Investing  —  Today Y Combinator announced they are adding two new partners, Garry Tan and Aaron Iba.  This announcement is unique because it does not list their academic credentials, their previous investments, the boards of companies or non-profits they have sat on …
Bloomberg:
Facebook Trades to Be Halted for Three Days  —  Shareholders of Facebook Inc., the Internet site preparing an initial public offering, are facing a three-day suspension of trading on secondary markets this week, people with knowledge of the matter said.  —  While buy and sell orders can be made …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Social Ad Guys 33Across Buy Copy/Paste Guys Tynt  —  33Across, an ad tech start-up that specializes in social data, has picked up Tynt, the start-up that publishers use to track their content when readers copy and paste their stuff.  —  It's an all-stock transaction, and the companies won't disclose how they are valuing the deal.
Paul Morris / Redmond Pie:
Jailbreaking May Soon Become Illegal Again, Act Now To Help Keep It Legal  —  It was in July 2010, the United States government ruled that the jailbreaking and unlocking of Apple iPhones, as well as the rooting of Android devices was to be deemed a legal act, as long as the process …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Obama: America Should Support The Next Steve Jobs  —  In his compelling State of the Union address tonight, President Obama laid out a blueprint for economic recovery, with numerous references to the technology sector.  “An economy built to last is one where we encourage the talent and ingenuity …
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Rebecca J. Rosen / The Atlantic Online:
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
New Petition Asks White House To Submit ACTA To The Senate For Ratification
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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Watch out Craigslist: ShopSavvy launches Savvylistings, a dead simple mobile marketplace
Discussion: TechCrunch and GigaOM, Thanks:@devindra
John Cook / GeekWire:
Mozy rolls out Stash, another place to access files on the go
Electronista:
MSN UK puts out news app for iPad
Nick / Rough Type:
Piracy and privacy  —  Internet activists flexed some impressive muscle …
Jesse Hicks / The Verge:
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Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
A bird's-eye view of T-Mobile's new spectrum trove
Discussion: Engadget, The Verge and PhoneArena
Brian Clark Howard / Fast Company:
How Words With Friends Beat Scrabble At Its Own Game
David Law / The Windows Blog:
Hotmail, already powering over 15 million phones and growing, comes to Kindle Fire