10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

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  • Yahoo launched two new kinds of ad units last night. There’s a big ad on top of Yahoo.com and another in the news flow.
  • Despite a rival bid from DISH, Softbank says it does not need to revise its $20 billion bid for 70% of Sprint.
  • Yahoo’s deal to buy a $200 million controlling stake in Dailymotion, the YouTube of France, was blocked by the French government.
  • Nokia is investing in a camera startup in order to improve the cameras in its Lumia smartphones. Sounds like they’ll be similar to Lytro cameras.
  • Ex-Groupon COO Rob Solomon is now a partner at venture capital firm Accel.
  • Meanwhile, legendary Accel partner Jim Breyer just stepped down from the boards of Walmart, Facebook, and Dell.
  • Yahoo announced six new original video shows, an extension of its deal with ABC News, and a new one with WWE.
  • Someone had a very hard time entering this job listing into Craigslist.
  • Flat design is in, and it seems Microsoft led the way.
  • Twitter is testing and app for Google Glass.

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