10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

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Good morning! Here’s the news:

  • Android users on AT&T can now bill app purchases directly to AT&T, instead of going through Google’s payment system. This should make things smoother and more fluid.
  • The reason Google/YouTube doesn’t have shows for streaming, and Netflix does? Google isn’t building enough relationships in the “traditional means,” says a studio executive.
  • The FT named Steve Jobs the “man of the year.”
  • ThingD is a stealth, but super buzzy NYC startup building a database of things for the web.
  • New iPad 2 rumours: thinner bezel, weird wide speaker grill, and a flat back.
  • More than 700 BILLION YouTube videos were watched in 2010.
  • Andrew McLaughlin, Obama’s deputy CTO, and an ex-Googler, is leaving his post to launch two startups.
  • IBM’s researchers are predicting holographic phone calls for 2015, and air powered batteries.
  • Here’s another group sharing company: Beluga. The twist? It was started by ex-Googlers.
  • Palm boss Jon Rubinstein still says he’s never used an iPhone, because he wants to have a clean slate when thinking about Palm phones.

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