10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

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Good morning! Here’s the news:

  • Google will slash 4,000 jobs from Motorola Mobility, or about 20% of the company’s  staff. The move is Google’s first big step to overhaul the company and focus it on producing fewer phones.
  • RIM is looking to sell off NewBay, its cloud services provider, along with some other assets, Reuters reports.
  • App.net, the paid Twitter alternative started by Dalton Caldwell, the man who criticised Mark Zuckerberg in an open letter, just hit its funding goal of $500,000.
  • Back in 2010, Apple asked Samsung to pay $250 million a year to licence its patents, or about $30 per smartphone and $40 per tablet.
  • Apparently Apple think its smartphone patents are worth up to three times as much as Microsoft’s patents.
  • Pictures of another iPhone 5 part have leaked ahead of the phone’s expected release next month. This time it’s the logic board.
  • Microsoft employees visit Bill Gates’ old office when they want to get inspired.
  • Barnes and Noble has quietly cut the prices of the Nook Tablet and Nook colour.
  • Here’s why so many startups are being acqui-hired these days.
  • In case you missed it: These 10 tech skills will instantly net you a $100,000+ annual salary.

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