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Microsoft posts devilish Q4 earnings of $6.66 billion

In 1975 Bill Gates, Paul Allen and a certain unnamed, cloven-hoofed, hot-under-the-collar associate made a pact: to rule the world! It seems, 35 years, billions of dollars and dozens of lawsuits later that they've made it. For the quarter ending December 2009, Microsoft saw a net, record-breaking profit of 6.66 billion dollars on revenue of 19 billion dollars -- in just three months! Driven by...

Would you pay to read the New York Times online?

For well over a century, readers were willing to pay to have newspapers delivered to their homes. A lot of people still do, but not enough to keep the newspaper industry afloat in the face of declining ad revenue. And few traditional newspapers (the kind with huge staffs of reporters, editors, fact checkers, and so on), have figured out how to make enough money from online advertising to turn a...

Microsoft has sold more than 88 million copies of Windows Vista

While many folks recommend waiting for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (or maybe 5) before "upgrading" from Windows XP to Vista, apparently Microsoft has managed to sell a few copies of its latest desktop operating system. In fact, Microsoft reports that it's sold 88 million copies since launching Vista in January. Microsoft has apparently seen a 20 percent growth in Vista sales for the last three...

Microsoft now brings in $50 billion a year

Everyone knows that Microsoft makes a lot of money off of MS Office, and you know, that operating system that's installed on the vast majority of computers in the US and many other countries. But ever wonder just how much? Turns out Microsoft made $51.12 billion in revenue during the fiscal year that ended June 30th. That's up 15% from the previous year. During the second quarter of 2007....

Short on cash? Post a video on YouTube

Answering the challenge brought by sites such as Revver, Google's YouTube is looking to launch a revenue sharing model for top posters on the popular video sharing web site. While YouTube is still the most dominant force in online video sharing, sites like Revver have attracted top video posters by offering to share in revenue from advertising on the site. However, unlike Revver's service,...

Six ways Twitter can make money

A web 2.0-sized boatload of buzz has surrounded Twitter, the addictive service that allows its users to answer one simple question: what are you doing? The service has made appearances in everything from your friend's blog to the New York Times, and everyone seems jazzed about how fun tweeting is. While we're all having a good time, however, its creators, Obvious, keep hinting at how many...

Google announces third quarter earnings results

Financial announcements are usually pretty boring, but they do provide some insights into the strength and direction a company might be headed in as well as some interesting details about the financial status of the company. On the point here, Google released their third quarter results Thursday, and no surprise here, Google is doing extremely well. The world's top search engine saw profits...

DivX to go public this week

DivX, the little video compression software company that could, is aiming to go public this week, CNET is reporting. The company has almost matched last year's annual revenue of $29.3 million in the first 6 months of 2006, and after adding copy protection to its software which helped it land in over 50 million DivX-certified devices to date, the company is now shaking hands with its former...

The debunking of BusinessWeek's 'Digg made $60m' story

BusinessWeek is running a story featuring Kevin Rose on the cover, with the headline: "How This Kid made $60 Million In 18 Months." That sounds like a heckuva success story, but not everyone believes the math. Our own CEO Jason Calacanis debunked it himself, but since he owns us and Netscape - a digg competitor - I figured y'all might want to hear it from others in the community too, including...