10 Things You Need To Know This Morning (AAPL, FB, GOOG, NWS, INTC)
Good morning. It's December already.
- Brian Williams interviewed Tim Cook in Grand Centrals and New Yorkers didn't seem recognize them (or they were just being polite.)
- Apple iMacs say they are "assembled in the US," but are they really?
- Silicon Valley's most influential startup incubator, Y Combinator, says its Winter 2013 batch of startups will be much smaller than last year, producing 50 companies instead of 80+.
- While the market for startup financing suffers, new Andreessen Horowitz partner Chris Dixon says "Good entrepreneurs spend most of their time focusing on the other market: the one between their company and their customers."
- TechCrunch Facebook is in talks to buy mobile messaging app WhatsApp, which is rumored to have as many as 100 million daily active users.
- Lending money to Chinese Internet giant Baidu is now considered less risky than lending money to Google.
- Rupert Murdoch's daughter, Elizabeth, was profiled by Ken Auletta in The New Yorker.
- Mark Zuckerberg made $ 3.5 billion last month.
- Anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee, who had been on the run from authorities in Belize, has reportedly been captured.
- Market-research company IDC predicts next year's big tech trends.