10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

Andrew Mason

Good morning! Here’s the news:

  • Betaworks is reportedly buying the social news site Digg for $500,000, a small fraction of the $200 million Google was reportedly going to pay for it back in 2008.
  • However, TechCrunch hears from its sources that the real price tag of Digg was closer to $16 million when you factor in what The Washington Post paid for Digg’s team and what LinkedIn paid for Digg’s patents.
  • Groupon is working on another big pivot. The company wants to build a set of software and technology services to create the “operating system for local commerce.”
  • Larry Page was back at Google’s headquarters this week, but his voice still isn’t fully recovered from his mystery illness.
  • Don’t miss Business Insider’s big report on the secret lives of teenagers online.
  • Steve Ballmer is fighting back against a Vanity Fair story claiming Microsoft suffered a lost decade. “It’s not been a lost decade for me,” Ballmer told Forbes in a new interview.
  • USA Today reports that Microsoft will announced Office 15 at an event on Monday.
  • Meet Brewster, the new must-have app for your iPhone.
  • Here’s why so many companies choose to launch their apps on the iPhone before Android.
  • In case you missed it: These are the 25 highest-paying tech companies.

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