10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

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Good morning! Here’s the news:

  • Bloomberg reports that Apple will launch a smaller, cheaper iPad later this year. The new iPad is expected to be 7 or 8 inches.
  • The Wall Street Journal also reports Apple is preparing to release a new iPad that is smaller than 8 inches sometime this fall.
  • Amazon has reportedly ordered two million redesigned Kindle Fires for early August. The new Kindle Fire is said to have a metal frame with plastic chassis.
  • Apparently, the fancy keyboard for the Microsoft Surface works well, but you have to look at your fingers as you type.
  • HP execs have given up their offices but not their fleet of private jets. We’re sure the 27,000 employees who are getting laid off appreciate that sacrifice.
  • Microsoft’s head PR guy tries to make fun of Google and ends up having it blow up in his face.
  • Apple has almost completely eliminated the platform advantage that Microsoft has enjoyed with Windows for years.
  • One month later, here’s what happened to Sean Parker’s ultra-hyped app Airtime.
  • Fred Wilson says he prefers using the new Nexus 7 tablet to the latest iPad.
  • In case you missed it: Here are 11 super useful apps that you should be using.

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