10 Things In Tech You Need To Know This Morning (AAPL, YHOO)
Happy St. Patrick's Day, kids. Here's the big news of the day:
- Before Steve Jobs died, he told his top 100 staffers that he had no plan to do a TV because televisions are a crappy business.
- Late Friday, an employee at well-funded startup GitHub announced on Twitter she was quitting because of persistent harassment at the company. On Sunday, GitHubannounced that it was suspending one of its co-founders.
- Jony Ive did a long interview with the Sunday Times. (This feels like it's to drown out a new negative book coming out on Apple by a former Wall Street Journal reporter. The book is "Haunted Empire," and it's on a media tour starting today.)
- Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, filed for an IPO. Its revenue and earnings are smaller than we expected. Revenues in 2013: $188 million, up 185%. (Twitter by contrast got $665 million in the same period.) Net loss in 2013: $38 million (its net loss is declining).
- The Dorian Nakamoto who was accused of inventing Bitcoin by Newsweek is now lawyered up. He unconditionally denies inventing Bitcoin.
- Marissa Mayer's first redesign of Flickr was a flop, so she's re-redesigning. The new look should be out in a few weeks.
- ISI analyst put out a note last night saying that Apple has the "mother lode" upgrade cycles coming this summer with a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone. This analyst isn't the most solid source, so be skeptical, but there is a lot of smoke around the idea of two iPhones right now.
- The NYT profiles Planet Labs, a startup sending satellites into outer space. It says there are a bunch of startups trying to go to space right now.
- This isn't new, but we missed it last week: influential developer Marco Arment has a rant about why every big tech company ends up doing bad stuff eventually.
- Meet AOL's digital prophet, Shingy. He's a really nice guy who dresses to shock you. He works with advertisers, and chose the grandiose title for fun.