10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

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Good morning! Here’s the news:

  • Microsoft revealed its next operating system Windows 8 — here’s what it looks like.
  • Good news for Microsoft: a hands-on review with a tablet running an early version of Windows 8 is rather favourable.
  • Don’t get too excited about Windows 8, though. It’s still going to be a year before it’s on the market.
  • Motorola got Google to raise its bid by $3 billion, even though there was nobody else in the running for the company.
  • Photo sharing startup Instagram has 9 million users after just 11 months. Worth noting that it’s iPhone exclusive right now.
  • Andy Rubin said that Android will now be optimised to work on Intel chips. Intel says it will be powering phones and tablets by the start of next year.
  • Yahoo may be willing to sell Right Media Exchange, which it bought for $680 million.
  • Walmart has acquired OneRiot, a social ad company that has been spinning its wheels in the real-time market for a while now trying to figure out something that works.
  • Google may have pulled a sly trick to get the Zagat deal approved without government approval: They pay a low acquisition price, but pay the Zagats a big salary over the next few years.
  • Apple is reportedly preparing to refresh the MacBook Pro line before the end of the year.

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