10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

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Good morning! Here’s the news:

  • Steve Ballmer talked about Microsoft with CNBC, and he seemed open to the possibility of making some acquisitions, and he says he thinks Microsoft is well positioned as a brand with young people.
  • More information trickled out on Facebook: It earned $355 million in profit through the first nine months of 2010, and it’s planning to IPO (or disclose financials) by April 2012.
  • But is Facebook worth $50 billion? Well it’s complicated, so you should read this fantastic piece by Henry Blodget.
  • Samsung had one zany keynote, but it brought Time Warner and Comcast’s CEO on stage together, along with the CEO of Hulu.
  • Another iPad 2 shell has made an appearance at CES, sporting the grill at the bottom.
  • Apple reportedly started looking for another CFO, but the company says it’s not conducting a CFO search.
  • Now that ARM Holdings is partnering with Microsoft, it expects to generate royalties in the next two years from Windows products.
  • Samsung posted a worse profit than expected, looks like TV sales in Q4 weren’t all that great.
  • HTC saw profits double on a year over year basis thanks to Android phones.
  • Salesforce paid $31 million for web conferencing company DimDim.

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