10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

Michael Dell

Good morning! Here’s what you need to know:

  • HP had a poor quarter and blamed the Japan earthquake and tight consumers. Our full analysis →
  • Meanwhile, Dell actually had a good quarter and the stock is up. No earthquakes and cash-strapped buyers for Michael Dell! Our analysis →
  • Gawker Media is crushing it: traffic is back to where it was before its controversial redesign, and even more importantly, revenue is up 35%. A big plus of the redesign is that it allows for bigger ads with more bells and whistles, which advertisers love.
  • Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates says he was a huge proponent of the Skype acquisition.
  • Intel now says it won’t be in smartphones until 2012. Winning the mobile market is absolutely key to Intel’s future growth.
  • More details about Microsoft’s tablet plans.
  • Heroku, the cloud platform that plenty of startups use to run their apps, was down because of a cyberattack yesterday. It’s back up now.
  • Meet Bitcoin, the private digital currency that everyone is talking about.
  • Mobile affiliate marketing platform MobPartner is growing like gangbusters.
  • BONUS: Everything you ever wanted to know about Zynga founder Mark Pincus but were afraid to ask.