10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

Steve Sinofsky and Dean Hachamovich at MIX
Windows chief Steve Sinofsky demonstrating IE.

Good morning! Here’s what you need to know:

  • Steve Ballmer told a group of developers in Japan Windows 8 was coming in 2012, but Microsoft PR quickly put out a statement saying Ballmer misspoke.
  • Windows 8 might make its public debut next week at the All Things D conference where Steven Sinofsky, head of the Windows division, will be speaking.
  • Square rolled out a new product which will allow users to forgo swiping their credit cards in stores in the future. For a complete description click here.
  • Twitter has finally closed its purchase of Tweetdeck at a $40 million cash and stock price.
  • Toshiba has decided to give up on making a Chromebook, because it’s too risky, and is not going to build a Windows-based tablet.
  • The head of French telecom Orange says the next iPhone will be smaller and thinner, and Apple is developing a smaller SIM card.
  • Omar Hamoui, the founder of mobile ad network AdMob, revealed the first project to come from his mobile incubator. You digitally transfer a gnome to someone else’s phone then track its progress around the world.
  • HTC’s cofounder/chairwoman was spotted in a Palo Alto Apple store buying 2 iPads.
  • Russian search giant Yandex raised its initial IPO price to $25 per share, and will raise $1.3 billion when it hits the public markets.
  • How much does Apple hate Flash? So much so that two of its engineers left the company to build a Flash alternative.