John Paczkowski

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We've Asked John Williams to Do a Special Performance of the Theme From 'The Poseidon Adventure' for Our Q4 Results

titanic_sp.jpgWho’s programming Microsoft’s on-hold music, Apple’s Phil Schiller? Waiting for the company’s third-quarter earnings call to begin yesterday, those listening in were treated to an instrumental piano version of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.” From “Titanic,” the disaster movie. Seriously. It’s almost as if Schiller plugged his iPod into Microsoft’s conference-call system.

Anyway … Turns out Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was wrong when he said back in February that Wall Street’s expectations for its new Vista operating system were too high. Microsoft said late Thursday that its fiscal third-quarter profit surged 65%, handily beating analyst estimates, thanks to good sales of Vista. Redmond posted earnings of $4.93 billion, or 50 cents a share, for the quarter on revenue of $14.4 billion. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial had expected only 46 cents a share on revenue of $13.89 billion. Now, admittedly a fair chunk of third-quarter revenue was deferred from Microsoft’s last quarter. Without it, revenue growth would have been $1.67 billion less, which is in line with past performance. Still a good showing, about which Microsoft officials are upbeat. “I am extremely pleased that we delivered a quarter of strong double-digit growth,” said Microsoft CFO Chris Liddell. “And I am looking forward to a very good finish to this fiscal year with strength continuing into fiscal 2008.” Naturally.

Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus