10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

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Good morning! Here’s the news of the day:

  • A good look at Tim Cook, who is running Apple now. He’s a relentless worker, and a spreadsheet type of guy. He leaves the “visionary” stuff up to people around him.
  • A panel of Silicon Valley luminaries was not optimistic about Steve Jobs’ prospects for a return to the company. The snap reaction on Jobs’ state was, “sad.”
  • Google has considered allowing users to personally block individual domains from their search results. The idea is to give users more control over spammy results they hate seeing.
  • Former head of ad sales for Facebook, Mike Murphy is taking an advisory role at Zynga which is planning on building out its own ad business.
  • Amazon is preparing its attack on Fresh Direct — it will soon roll out free delivery of groceries nationwide.
  • Here’s a chart comparing the Motorola Xoom to the iPad. (The Xoom comes out on top on a specs basis, but the chart doesn’t mention that the Xoom doesn’t exist just yet.)
  • Chase Coleman has launched a $1.25 billion private equity fund with $80 million going into Facebook.
  • AOL does some pretty zany internal videos — you don’t want to miss this green-screened, lip synched video of content boss David Eun.
  • More details on the New York Times paywall — looks like it’s ~$20 per month for both iPad and the web access. And for just web access it’s about half that.
  • Google gave Eric Schmidt $100 million as an outgoing present.

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