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It’s that time of the year and companies have just released their Q4 results. We at TVR have collected all the data and this is our “Earnings Report” for Q4, 2008. 

Introduction
We all know that times are tough and results would be hit by it and in fact, the numbers do not paint a gloomy picture. Even though it’s a little bit better than Wall Street predicted, it’s nothing to celebrate. 

The Big Three
Google: Great at search, not great at investing. 
Net Revenues(%age change): $5.7 billion (+18%)
Net Profit(%age change): $382 (-68%)
Epic Fail: Investments in AOL and Clearwire 
2009 Focus: Android
Recession: Shut down Video, Notebook, Jaiku, relocating engineers, closing office in Austin. 

Apple: Healthier than people think
Net Revenues(%age change): $7.9 billion (+27%)
Net Profits(%age change): $1.14 billion (+26%)
Epic Fail: Steve Jobs Health and Stock Market issue (and still no Cut and Paste)
2009: Simple product line 
Recession: Recession-proof 

Microsoft: Looking out of better Windows
Net Revenues(%age change): $16.6 billion(+2%)
Net Profits(%age change): $4.17 billion(-11%)
Epic Fail: Yahoo takeover bid
2009: Windows 7
Recession: 5000 laid off

Recession Hits Others… 
Digg has decided to cut 10% of their staff as growth is beginning to flatten. EA has laid off hundreds at Black Box bringing their grand total to over a thousand people laid off. Millions others are downsizing, the TechCrunch Layoff Tracker officially stands at about 200,000. 

Sources
TechCrunch 
Apple2.0
Kotaku
Wired

Conclusion:
The Earnings Report is meant to provide you with the summary of all the numbers you need while removing all the confusion. We really hope this helped. We’d love to hear feedback, if we’ve missed something or need to remove something.  

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I’m no Apple fanboy. Infact, I even sold off my iPod. Not to say that I hate Apple. They make remarkable products with extraordinary GUI and they are constantly revolutionizing the tech sector, pushing new boudries. Like when they launched the iPhone. Though the iPhone does have it’s fair share of shortcomings, it’s application distribution platform, the AppStore is great for developers like me. You can code up an app within a couple of weeks, push it into the market, see if it makes it, or start working on another app. It cannot be more rewarding than that. And small time developers who coded apps in their spare time are earning hundreds of dollars every hour. So iPhone development is one thing I wanted to get into as soon as possible. 

 

After Apple removed the NDA, it became easier to work on the iPhone SDK but its still elusive. My university’s library only has one book on iPhone development (currently borrowed, I think it’ll always be in demand) and most of the classes we’re working on at university or at work usually focus on Windows or Linux based development. So, when I started searching for a reliable source to learn iPhone development considering that I was completely new to Mac programming, there were few and far between. But, the holy grail of all tech universities came to my rescue. 

 

Stanford introduced a new class called “CS193P: iPhone Application Development” last year. I think it’s the best source to learn especially for new programmer getting into Mac development because it is aimed at students, Stanford students nonetheless. I checked out some of the slides, and I think it’s the best thing I can get to a good book, to teach myself iPhone development. Even the applications that the current batch developed as a part of their final project seem professional and interesting. And the best part, all of the lecture notes are freely available. Starting tommorrow, I’m beginning CS193P from Week 1, are you with me?