10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

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Welcome to July! Here’s the news:

  • Microsoft killed its failed Kin phone. Engadget’s report on what killed the Kin is pretty troubling for Microsoft’s mobile future.
  • Amazon cut the price on the Kindle DX to $379 and it says it improved the screen’s contrast.
  • Amazon acquired daily deals site Woot for $110 million in cash.
  • Yahoo announced authorization for a $3 billion stock buyback.
  • IPO filings are the highest they’ve been since 2007, with 89 companies filing last quarter.
  • Details are leaking on the next version of Android software. There’s hints of tablet love in the new version.
  • USV backed startup Wesabe is shutting down. It was a Mint.com competitor.
  • Finland made access to broadband a “legal right.”
  • Mozilla submitted a cool app to the App Store called Firefox Home. It connects your desktop browsing to the app. Let’s see if Apple approves it.
  • Google is tacking on extra pay for its gay employees who have domestic partners. The extra pay is to cover the tax on health benefits that straight employees don’t have.

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