10 Things We Learned Today

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  • Twitter dropped another bomb on its developers, announcing that third-parties were no longer authorised to put ads in Twitter streams, and that anyone selling display ads around tweets would have to give Twitter a cut.
  • After years of opacity, Google finally made public the percentage of AdSense revenues it shares with publishers. Display ads earn publishers a 68% split, search ads 51%.
  • 99% of links to news items from blogs go to old media (broadcast or print) sites, according to a new report from the Pew Research centre. Just four news outlets account for 80% of those links: BBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CNN. If the New York Times adopts a strict paywall, it might lose its spot on that list.
  • Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, is joining Khosla Ventures as an environmental adviser. Weird.
  • Carol Bartz still knows how to swear, and is a better debater than Michael Arrington. But she doesn’t understand Google’s business as well as she thinks she does.
  • Apple is likely about to discontinue the iPhone 3G, which can’t support iPhone OS 4.
  • IBM bought Sterling Commerce from AT&T for $1.4 billion. This is just the first step in a planned $20 billion, five-year spending spree.
  • The latest freedom-from-AT&T rumour: the iPhone will be available on Verizon Sprint this summer. We don’t know if this is true, but at least its a fresh spin on a very old topic of speculation.
  • Steve Jobs will deliver the keynote address at WWDC, Apple’s developer conference. This was to be expected, but now its official (and says good things about his health).
  • What does Flash have in common with Yankee Stadium? You can’t access either of them with an iPad.

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