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Larry Page has become Google’s CEO as Eric Schmidt takes the role of President. Google announced $8.4B (+26%) in revenue and $2.9B in profits (+32%). Leaked images of a GroupOn clone called Google Offers are circulating the internet.

Apple announces 10B downloads on the iTunes app store since the launch date on July 2008. 5B apps have been downloaded in the past 8 months. Apple sold 33M iOS devices in Q4 now totaling 160M lifetime: 16.3M iPhones (+62%), 7.3M iPads (100% of Q2+Q3 sales). Apple generated $26.7B in Q4 (+71%) and profit of $6B (+78%). iPads now account for 88% of all tablets shipped in Q4.

eMarketer forecasts social network spending will comprise 11% of online ad spend in the US by 2012, reaching $4B.

LivingSocial’s $20 Amazon credit for $10 drew 1.2M buyers. Amazon invested $175M in the company about 3 months ago.

Mobile email visitors increased by 36% y/y while web based email visitors decreased by 9% according to Comscore.

Mobile

Google announced that mobile search queries had grown 400% y/y and Android queries had grown 10x. In the earnings call, Google pointed to mobile as the key growth area for 2011 with particular initiatives for mobile payments, inexpensive handsets, and faster mobile networks.

Opera Mini grew to 86M users in 2010, up 84% y/y. The company is seeing 4000%+ growth in Africa.

Starbucks launched a mobile loyalty and payment application to customers last week. 20% of Starbucks transactions are made with a Starbucks card and one third of customers have a smart phone, compared to 18% for the US. 

Scoreloop announces 1M new users per week are registering with the service, an indicator of the massive growth in mobile gaming.

Blackberry announces 2M daily downloads of mobile apps from BlackBerry app world. Over the past 8 months, Apple has averaged 24M.

HTC announces $9.4B in revenue (+90%) and net income of $1.4B (+75%). The company shipped 25M phones (+110%) in 2010.

Sony announced 43.1M phones (-24% y/y) shipped in 2010

Microsoft has partnered with MACH to bring billing to Windows 7 Phones.

GroupOn has launched a mobile couponing portal for KDDI, Japan’s second largest carrier.

Verizon is suing the FCC to reject the net neutrality regulations the commission enacted 2 months ago on the grounds the commission does not have the jurisdiction. Under the order, carriers are prevented from blocking VOIP competitors.

Venture Capital

Despite the 7 year low in fund raising, VCs invested $21.8B (+19%) in 3277 deals (+12%) in 2010, according to Thomson Reuters.

Investments and M&A

Amazon acquires LoveFilm, the British Netflix, for a rumored $200-270M.

Adobe acquires DemDex, a behavioral cookie ad exchange, for an undisclosed amount.

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