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July 19, 2012, 7:25 PM

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Posts $492M Q4 2012 Loss Because Of $6.19B aQuantive Writedown, $18.06B Revenue  —  Microsoft just released its Q4 2012 earnings report, posting just $192M in operating income before taxes and its first ever loss ($492M) due to the writedown the company took because of its failed aQuantive acquisition.
Mario Aguilar / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Just Lost Money For the First Time Ever  —  Microsoft just posted its fourth quarter results, and for the first time since the tech giant was founded, it lost money.  But this isn't necessarly all doom and gloom the beginning of the end—not yet anyway.
More: GigaOM and GeekWireTweets: @davidgoldmancnn
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Nokia's Bad News Not Completely Horrible — Shares Soar  —  Posting second-quarter earnings this morning, Nokia reported a loss of $1.74 billion and smartphone sales that fell 39 percent to 10.2 million.  Gruesome financials, to be sure.  But, remarkably, Nokia's stock has rallied on them.
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Google nabs $12B for Q2, including a tidy billion from new subsidiary Motorola  —  Google has just released the details of its second-quarter earnings: $12.21 billion in total consolidated revenue, around $1.25 billion of which came from Motorola Mobility, now officially owned by Google.
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Google's Nikesh Arora: Larry Page lost his voice, but continues to run the company  —  During today's quarterly earnings call, Google was asked about CEO Larry Page's health.  This has been a topic of conversation for analysts and investors over the past few weeks, as Page skipped …
Kevin Weil / Twitter Advertising:
New targeting adds greater relevance to your Promoted Tweets  —  It's a fact — brands have been on Twitter since our earliest days.  They use the platform to connect with consumers in meaningful ways, offering everything from special discounts and exclusive content to new product information.
Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Facebook testing new Pinterest-inspired design for app stories in News Feed  —  Facebook appears to be testing a layout for Open Graph app stories that is similar in design to Pinterest, with boxes for individual items that allow Likes, comments and other app-specific actions.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Expands iTunes Movies in the Cloud to Over 35 New Countries [Updated]  —  In addition to today's iTunes Match expansion to Hungary and Poland, Apple has also undertaken a significant expansion of its iTunes in the Cloud feature, adding movies to the list of eligible items in the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Reuters:
Facebook, Wal-Mart chiefs meet to “deepen” relationship  —  (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg is about to add the biggest retail players to his list of friends.  —  Zuckerberg and his senior management team will spend two days at Wal-Mart Stores Inc's Bentonville …
More: Engadget
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Made in America: Apple's supply chain increasing US production  —  Over the last year, some of Apple's key component suppliers have begun increasing their U.S.-based production, which could be a sign that more of the iPhone is already made in America than one might think.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD reports weak second quarter earnings on PC market softness  —  Advanced Micro Devices reported relatively weak second-quarter earnings as it suffered more than its share of headaches from a softening personal computer market.  —  The chip maker, which is a perennial No. 2 to Intel …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / ZDNet:
Ubuntu adds WebApps to its Linux desktop  —  Summary: After adding its own cloud service to its Linux desktop, Ubuntu is now integrating Web applications into its currently shipping desktop Linux.  —  Follow @sjvn  —  Portland, OR: At OSCon, Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical …
Greg Finn / Search Engine Land:
Official: Google “Share” Experiment Sends Pages From Search To Google+  —  A Tweet this morning from @BerianReed, head of search marketing of AutoTrader UK, uncovered some potentially deeper integration between Google Search and Google+.  Reed spotted a new option in the results that showed up next to the URL, a “Share” link.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Oracle's Fifth Deal of 2012 Is for Skire  —  Enterprise software giant Oracle made its fifth acquisition of the year.  It announced that it will acquire the assets of Skire, a maker of cloud-based software used to manage capital projects, facilities and real estate.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Twitter Continues Legal Fight in Occupy Wall Street Protester Trial  —  Twitter announced on Thursday that it will appeal a recent ruling in an ongoing legal battle between the state of New York and a Twitter user, in which a judge ordered Twitter to hand over information on one of its users.
Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
Bat-Signal Heralds Launch of Internet Defense League  —  The Internet Defense League (IDL) launches today, looking to formalise the action that made such a statement 6 months ago.  Until recently, protests tended to be single-site activities, but opposition to SOPA and PIPA was so widespread …
Lisa Rapaport / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Hires Pollster Penn To Lead Consumer Initiatives  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) has hired Mark Penn as corporate vice president for strategic and special projects, reporting to Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer as the company readies new offerings for the tablet-computer market.

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