10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

Jack Dorsey

The social wars are on! Here’s what you need to know:

  • Twitter is raising money at a $7 billion valuation.
  • Facebook is announcing “something awesome” today. Chatter is it might be Skype-powered video chat. Check in at SAI during the day to find out.
  • Google is nuking the “Blogger” and “Picasa” brands, rolling them into Google+.
  • In another push to get you to use Google+, dammit, whether you like it or not, Google will be making your Profile public.
  • Android is blowing every other platform out of the water.
  • Microsoft pays a customer $250,000 to choose its product over Google’s. We guess that means business is doing great.
  • Video game designers and developers are in such hot demand these days that they now have agents like athletes and movie stars. Meet the Ari Gold of video games.
  • We take you inside Zynga’s secret and all-important infrastructure push.
  • Wal-Mart is lobbying to make Amazon pay more taxes.
  • BONUS: Steve Jobs’ official bio gets a non-awful title.

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