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Good morning! Here’s the news:
- Apple will be hosting an event to reveal a new iPhone today, we’ll have live coverage.
- The big ‘world changing’ thing Apple is going to introduce today? Better voice recognition software.
- Apple will not be announcing any partnership with Facebook today, despite reports otherwise. Also, it’s unlikely Apple announces a Facebook iPad app on stage.
- Sprint is going all-in with the iPhone: It has to buy 30 million iPhones over the next four years, which is a cost of ~$20 billion, as part of its agreement with Apple.
- Microsoft’s executive compensation committee thinks Steve Ballmer is underpaid. (And they might be right.)
- TechCrunch’s star blogger MG Siegler is leaving to become a VC at the CrunchFund, which is run by TechCrunch cofounder Michael Arrington.
- Silver Lake, DST, and Alibaba are talking about joining forces to take out Yahoo.
- The Zune has been killed. Yes, it was apparently still alive.
- Facebook’s second Washington D.C. employee has left the company.
- Google is close to announcing who gets money to produce original new content for YouTube. Tony Hawk, Warner Brothers, and many others are on the receiving end of over $100 million in advances.