TechFast: Google’s CEO Switch, Groupon Clone, And TV Apps

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Good morning! Here are some of today’s top tech stories so far. We’ll cover a few of these throughout the day but feel free to get a head start.

Google Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2010 Results and Management Changes

Link: Google

In case you hadn’t heard, Eric Schmidt is out as CEO of Google, with co-founder Larry Page (re)taking the CEO spot starting in April. The company’s Q4 2010 earnings were $8.44 billion, too—an increase of 26% over Q4 2009.

Google to Launch Groupon Competitor

Link: Mashable

Google tries to buy Groupon for $6 billion, Groupon says no thanks. Google launches "Google Offers," presumably for far less than $6 billion. The project looks like it’s still in early testing—no word yet on a possible launch date.

One Case to Fit them All: Apple Redesigns iPhone 4 Bumpers

Link: Wired

The mute switch on the impending Verizon iPhone sits slightly lower than the mute switch on the AT&T iPhone. What about the bumpers?! Won’t somebody puh-leaaaze think of the bumpers? Apple has apparently redesigned the bumper to universally fit either model iPhone 4. You’ll still pay $29 for what amounts to a small band of rubber and plastic but, hey, it’ll fit.

Android Market Now Checks For Touchscreen Use As Google TV Debut Nears

Link: Android Community

Android apps for Google TV may be drawing near, as an eagle-eyed developer has spotted a new filtering option available when programming applications. Specifically, apps can be denoted as non-touchscreen apps—like the ones you’d run on a TV, for instance.

Want To Open Your iPhone? Use This $2.35 Screwdriver

Link: CrunchGear

Apple uses funky, non-standard screws on a lot of its products so people don’t try to open them up. Some people shake their fists with rage! Others buy inexpensive tools that will work on the weirdo screws.

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