10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

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

  • Tim Cook gets 1 million Apple shares, vesting over a number of years, in his new job as CEO. That’s some golden handcuffs.
  • Jack Dorsey’s Square is on a massive roll, with all kinds of people using it everywhere in the US.
  • Google needs you to use your real name in Google+, because it’s really an identity service, not just a social network. Caveat user.
  • Google TV is coming to Europe, even though it hasn’t gone very far in the US.
  • Facebook kills its Groupon-killer. Deals were always an unnatural market for Facebook.
  • Facebook rolls out bigger, faster photos. Facebook is the world’s most popular photo-sharing site, so this is important.
  • Apple kills TV show rentals on iTunes. Now you have to buy shows. Apple says people didn’t like to rent shows anyway.
  • Slide users are up in arms about Google shutting down the company. Turns out Slide’s game SuperPoke Pets has a seriously dedicated fan base.
  • The maker of popular mail app Sparrow is totally happy about Apple’s walled garden and doesn’t mind forking over 30%.
  • BONUS: The funniest tweets about Hurricane Irene.

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