10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

Eric Schmidt

Good morning! Here’s the news:

  • Germany is adding more data and complaints to the EU case against Google. (Note: This case will take years to resolve, but it could hang over Google’s head, slowing it down.)
  • EMI has poached Alex Luke, a key iTunes executive.
  • Silicon Valley should be called software valley, says Bloomberg, since investors stopped putting money into chip startups.
  • RIM delivered generally good earnings results, but its subscriber growth was a disappointment. That’s bad for the long term future of the company.
  • RIM’s CEO Jim Balsillie delivered another long winded explanation about the company on the earnings call that’s worth reading. This one is about beating the iPad.
  • Facebook shut down the whole site after it accidentally set some new designs live.
  • Apple, Microsoft, and Oracle have teamed up to buy Novell patents for $450 million.
  • Windows Phone 7 is barely a blip on the radar so far according to web traffic data from Chitika.
  • The Kickstarter to make iPod watches raised almost $1 million dollars.
  • Sony is releasing a PlayStation app for iPhone and Android. Looks like it’s mostly about keeping up with your online PlayStation stats, not gaming.

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