10 Things In Tech You Need To Know This Morning (AAPL, FB, GOOG)
Good morning, welcome to Friday. Newsy time:
- Rolling Stone has a great, expansive interview with Bill Gates talking about Microsoft, world poverty, God, and much more. It's a long read, but worth it.
- Mark Zuckerberg was so frustrated by NSA revelations that he called President Obama to say the government is damaging the future of the Internet.
- Clinkle, a startup with $30-$40 million in funding before it even announced its product, lost two top employees. COO Barry McCarthy is out after 5 months, and Josh Brewster who was there for only days after leaving his role as head of product at Twitter is gone. McCarthy had some pretty bad quotes about the company.
- Nate Silver explains what his new site is all about:"The idea being that we’re a lot of scrappy little nerds and we have different data-driven — I hate data-driven as a term — but data journalism takes on a lot of different forms for us."
- A little deal news from our own Nicholas Carlson: Sociomantic, a DSP is selling for $175-$200 million to Dunnhumby, a subsidiary of Tesco.
- The desktop search ad market is going to drop $1.4 billion this year. But mobile search will make up for the drop.
- Google slashed the price of Google Drive, a big blow for Dropbox.
- Apple's updated software, iOS 7.1, is reportedly causing battery life to drop significantly faster.
- Researcher Danah Boyd on Facebook: "The era of Facebook is an anomaly. The idea of everybody going to one site is just weird. Give me one other part of history where everybody shows up to the same social space. Fragmentation is a more natural state of being."
- Playstation 4 beat Microsoft's Xbox One in sales last month.