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10 Tech Things You Need To Know This Morning

10 Tech Things You Need To Know This Morning
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Dropbox CEO Drew Houston with Mark Zuckerberg at the Facebook Home event.

Owen Thomas, Business Insider

Dropbox CEO Drew Houston (left) with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (right)

Good morning! Here's the best of what's being passed around in technology.

  1. Dropbox is raising a new round of financing at a valuation north of $8 billion, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports. It has more than 200 million users and it generates hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenue. One report says Dropbox has a $1 billion run rate.
  2. released its earnings yesterday; revenue for the quarter beat expectations at $1.08 billion. CEO Marc Benioff said it was the first time any cloud computing company produced a quarter that high.
  3. Apple is doing a lot of work to bring clean energy to North Carolina and the rest of the world. It spent hundreds of millions building two huge solar panel farms and a fuel cell farm near its data center in North Carolina.
  4. Bitcoin surged to $900 then fell below $650 yesterday over the course of a half an hour. The spike coincided with a note from Ben Bernanke which stated Bitcoin "may hold long-term promise."
  5. An investor in PrimeSense, the company Apple reportedly wants to buy for $345 million, made a threat to the person who leaked the news on Facebook. Waze founder Noam Bardin chimed in too.
  6. Now you can pay for an Uber ride with PayPal.
  7. Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch sales have reached 800,000 in two months.
  8. QuizUp is the latest hot iPhone game that investors are scrambling to get a piece of. That's because it accumulated 1 million users in its first eight days. Already, 60 million trivia games have been played on it.
  9. There's an "assassination market" and its creator is crowdfunding murder with Bitcoin.
  10. Maria Bartiromo is leaving her long-time gig at CNBC to join Fox. Rising star Kelly Evans will be her Closing Bell replacement.