Apple's Big App Milestone: Morning Tech Bytes

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Apple ( AAPL) rose 0.31% to $327.74 in pre-market trading Monday, as the company announced that the number of App Store downloads had reached 10 billion. The 10 billionth app downloaded was Paper Glider, a game where players try to fly a paper plane out an office window.

Google ( GOOG) was up 0.27% to $613.50, after reporting in a filing that it has awarded $100 million to outgoing CEO Eric Schmidt. Schmidt will be replaced by Google co-founder Larry Page in April, the search giant announced during its earnings call Thursday.

Venture capitalists put $26.2 billion into U.S. companies in 2010, up 11% from the previous year, according to a new report from Dow Jones VentureSource. The health care and IT industries accounted for more than half of venture investment in 2010.

Facebook's head of advertising sales, Mike Murphy, has left the social networking giant to join Zynga, AllThingsDigital reported. As Zynga moves closer towards an initial public offering, it is looking for new ways to build its advertising business.

Mozilla said it is adding a do-not-track feature to its Firefox browser to avoid Internet surfers from having their actions monitored online. Firefox is the first browser to develop a do-not-track system, after the Federal Trade Commission called for the creation of one last year.

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