10 Things In Tech You Need To Know This Morning

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Good morning! Let's get to it:

  1. Google CEO Larry Page spoke at the TED conference and, as usual, blew minds with his big ideas and long-term thinking.  He talked about the NSA, the future of transportation, curing disease, and why companies fail, to name a few topics.  
  2. Mobile social app Tango announced a whopping $280 million fund raise, with the majority of the funding coming from Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba.
  3. Jim Breyer, the VC who made an early investment in Facebook, is reducing his role at Accel Partners to focus on his own fund.
  4. Robert Scoble, one of the earliest supporters of Google Glass, had a harsh blog post about Glass. He says Google can't figure out what it's doing with Glass internally, and he gets a feeling that it's not going well on the Glass project. He worries about what this means for Google's ability to actually follow through on projects.
  5. Some stats that show the difference between Android and iOS: " The average price of an Android app is 6 cents, Flurry said. For Apple products, it's 19 cents on the iPhone and 50 cents on the iPad."
  6. An in-depth look at Android Wear shows that it is still in a very primitive state. Initially, the Android watch is basically just like Google Glass, but on the wrist. And it's all about Android phone notifications.
  7. Farhad Manjoo at The New York Times says that people should only use one monitor instead of two if they want to be able to focus while doing work on their computers.
  8. China Mobile had its first ever profit decline. It blamed investment in its network, subsidies for phones, and a decline in SMS revenue.
  9. The developer behind Flappy Bird confirms he will bring the game back to the App Store, eventually.
  10. A lot of tech companies say they're upset about the NSA spying, but the NSA's lawyer insists they knew about the program.


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