10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

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Good morning! News:

  • Facebook is making a big mobile announcement next week, inviting press to “come see our new home on Android” on April 4.
  • What is Facebook announcing? There is a lot of speculation, but it seems like an Android-based operating system.
  • Amazon is making an acquisition. It will buy Goodreads, a social book site that helps people find books recommended by friends.
  • Twitter co-founder Biz Stone is reportedly launching a new startup, Jelly. It’s going to be a mobile-first company, and he’s already hired a handful of people.
  • Google is entering the same-day, local delivery market. It’s launching Google Shopping Express and hinted that participating retailers will include Target, Walgreens, Office Depot, and Toys R Us.
  • The Ouya game console has begun shipping. It was a Kickstarter project that raised $8.6 million from 63,000 people to make a small, affordable game system that developers could create games on.
  • Mobile game company Supercell is reportedly raising more than $100 million in a new round of financing that will value the company just under $1 billion.
  • USV investor Fred Wilson talked about what happens when startups and their founders fail. The either “slog it out” or “hit the wall.”
  • Scientists have found a way to make bread that won’t get moldy.
  • This isn’t really tech but it’s important: North Korea has threatened to attack the US in a “merciless strike.” It’s talking about positioning long-range rockets at specific targets because of a practice mission US stealth bombers performed in South Korea recently.

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