Today in Tech: Verizon iPhone ad, iPad 2 in April?
A curated selection of the day’s most newsworthy tech stories from all over the Web.
During Google’s earnings call yesterday, the Internet giant announced that CEO Eric Schmidt is resigning his role to focus on being Chairman, making room for co-founder Larry Page to take over as CEO. Meanwhile, Sergey Brin’s title will change to co-founder. “I am enormously proud of my last decade as CEO, and I am certain that the next 10 years under Larry will be even better! Larry, in my clear opinion, is ready to lead,” wrote Schmidt in a company blog. (Fortune)
Google is also hard at work on a Google Offers, a Groupon and LivingSocial competitor. (After its $6 billion offer for Groupon was reportedly turned down, exec Marisa Mayer said as much.) (Fortune)
LinkedIn shares are being sold in an auction by secondary exchange SharesPost Inc. for $30 each, putting the professional network’s value at nearly $3 billion. (Bloomberg)
Despite the iPhone’s immense popularity on AT&T and what we can only assume will be similar success via Verizon post-launch, T-Mobile says there’s still room for small carriers to grow in the smartphone space. “There are 150 million Americans that still want smartphones,” new T-Mobile USA CEO Philip Humm said. “We have a clear value proposition compared to Sprint, Verizon and AT&T.” The company plans to introduce 25 new 4G devices this year alone. (New York Times)
Here’s the first official Verizon iPhone ad, which thanks its millions of loyal subscribers for being patient.
According to a study from MoneyTree Report, venture capitalists invested the most money last year since 2007, pushing $21.8 billion into 3,277 deals. (VentureBeat)
Despite rumors indicating the iPad 2 could come as early as February or March, a new report indicates it’s more in-line to launch in April. (9 to 5 Mac)
Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin was the lead investor in a $8 million round of funding for Qwiki, a web service that responses to search queries with interactive multimedia presentations instead of links. (New York Times)
Massive multiplayer social game-maker Kabam, perhaps best known for its Arthurian legend game Kingdoms of Camelot, raised $30 million during its latest round of funding from Redpoint Ventures and Intel Capital. Said co-founder and CEO Kevin Chou: “We cater to hardcore gamers who are trying out Facebook and want to play games with their friends on it. This funding round is a validation of our strategy to stand out.” (VentureBeat)
SkyFire, the iOS-friendly browser that lets users view some Flash videos by converting them, raked in $1 million in sales during the first three days of its availability for the iPad. (MobileCrunch)
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