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Apple confirms Gizmodo’s found next-gen iPhone, wants it back

Apple confirmed that the next-generation iPhone obtained by a technology blog is the company’s, and has asked for it back. In a letter yesterday to Gizmodo, the site that paid $5,000 for the iPhone prototype, Bruce Sewell, Apple’s general counsel, requested that the smartphone be returned. Gizmodo’s editorial director Brian Lam, who received Sewell’s letter, said the iPhone would be returned. He also acknowledged that the device, at least legally, had been stolen, not lost.

VMware revenue healthy in first quarter

VMware’s revenue jumped 35 percent in the first quarter, the company said Tuesday, another sign that businesses are opening their wallets again for enterprise IT purchases.Profits climbed more modestly, but the virtualization software vendor still managed to report better numbers than expected. The results were driven by “pent-up customer demand” and strong sales in Europe, China and Japan. However, the company warned that new license sales, an indicator of future growth potential, are likely to be down next quarter compared with the first. Even so, full-year revenue will rise by as much as 35 percent, helped along by recent acquisitions.

Google reveals government requests received

Google and the Google-owned YouTube received more than 10,000 requests for user data from government agencies in the six months ending Dec. 31, 2009, according to newly released data. Between July 1 and Dec. 31, Google received 3,580 requests for user data from U.S. government agencies, slightly less than the 3,663 originating from Brazil. Brazil also sent the most requests to remove content, at 291. Germany was second with 188 such requests, followed by India with 142 and the United States with 123. Google fully or partially complied with 80 percent of content removal requests in the United States.

Apple’s profit up 90 per cent in first quarter

Boosted by an increase in iPhone and Mac shipments, Apple reported a 90 percent increase in quarterly profits Tuesday. The company reported net profit of US$3.07 billion for the quarter ended on March 27, which compares to profits of $1.62 billion from the same quarter a year ago. Worldwide iPhone shipments totaled 8.75 million during the quarter, an increase of 131 percent compared to the year-ago quarter. Mac computer unit shipments worldwide totaled 2.94 million, an increase of 33 percent compared to the year-ago quarter. iPod shipments totaled 10.89 million, a 1 percent drop.

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