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8:55 PM ET, June 18, 2007

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Yahoo! Co-Founder Jerry Yang Named Chief Executive Officer  —  Terry Semel Named Non-Executive Chairman  —  Sue Decker Named President  —  Yang and Decker to Focus on Realizing Yahoo!'s Strategic Vision by Accelerating Execution, Further Strengthening Leadership and Fostering a Culture of Winning
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Jerry Yang / Yodel Anecdotal:
My new job  —  The title of Chief Yahoo takes on new meaning today.  I have the great honor of stepping into the role of Yahoo!'s Chief Executive Officer.  Yahoo! has an incredibly bright future and I make this move with deep conviction and enthusiasm.  I've partnered closely …
Wall Street Journal:
Semel Steps Aside as Yahoo CEO  —  A WALL STREET JOURNAL ONLINE NEWS ROUNDUP  —  Yahoo Inc. said Terry Semel will step aside as its chief executive and be replaced by co-founder Jerry Yang, as the Internet icon attempts to reinvigorate its business and regain investor confidence.
Valleywag:
Yahoo: Jerry Yang is no Steve Jobs  —  Jerry Yang is no Steve Jobs  —  Yahoo's press release, announcing the management putsch at Yahoo, is one of the most nauseating examples of corporate doublespeak I've read in a long while.  "Yang and Decker to Focus on Realizing Yahoo! …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
BREAKING: Yahoo Replaces CEO; Founder Jerry Yang Back In Seat; Decker Is President  —  This is a huge surprise, even though we knew it was imminent ... Jerry Yang, Yahoo co-founder and long-time board member, as Chief Executive Officer.  Terry Semel, current Yahoo Chairman and CEO …
Valleywag:
Obituary: Terry Semel's reign at Yahoo  —  [The precise timing of Terry Semel's departure is a surprise, but that it would happen has long been an inevitability.  Fortunately, we had a business obituary prepared.]  Terry Semel never won much respect from Silicon Valley insiders.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Yahoo's Terry Semel Quits  —  Terry Semel, CEO of Yahoo since 2001, has "resigned."  Co-founder Jerry Yang is the interim CEO, and Sue Decker has taken over as president.  —  The markets are happy and the stock is up sharply in after hours trading.  —  There is a back story here and we are digging to try and find it.
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:   Yahoo CEO Semel steps down, Yang takes over
New York Times:
Semel Steps Aside as Yahoo Chief
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Jonathan Thaw / Bloomberg:
Yahoo's Semel Resigns as Chief Amid Google's Gains (Update2)
Carolyn Guevarra / TrendLabs:
Another malware pulls an Italian job  —  Remember LINKOPTIM, which exploited a number of legitimate Italian Web sites to spread malicious JavaScripts?  Since early Saturday morning (June 16, 2007), Trend Micro has been receiving several reports of a new batch of hacked Italian Web sites …
Discussion: Zero Day, PC World and Threat Level
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websense.com:
Malicious Website / Malicious Code: Large scale European Web Attack  —  Websense® Security Labs™ has received reports of a large scale attack in Europe that is using the MPACK web exploit toolkit.  For more information on MPACK please see the Panda Labs blog here:
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Massive Web attack gains momentum
Discussion: TechSpot News
Natalie Kerris / Apple:
iPhone Delivers Up to Eight Hours of Talk Time  —  Now Features Durable Glass Top Surface  —  Apple® today announced that iPhone™ will deliver significantly longer battery life when it ships on June 29 than was originally estimated when iPhone was unveiled in January. iPhone …
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
New Wi-Fi distance record: 382 kilometers  —  Researcher Ermanno Pietrosemoli has set what appears to be a new record for the longest communication link with Wi-Fi.  —  Pietrosemoli, president of the Escuela Latinoamerica de Redes (which means networking school of Latin America) …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Social networks as "friend" Nazi (design flaws in Facebook, Jaiku, Twitter)  —  Oh, how I hate when social networking software tries to be my parent.  —  Jon Udell touches on this in his post about Facebook: "how do I know this person?"  —  See, the developers who make this software …
SPAWN.COM:
MCFARLANE TO PRODUCE 'HALO 3' ACTION FIGURES  —  Five Action Figures and Three Vehicles Arrive in Stores Spring 2008  —  Two powerhouses of pop culture are collaborating, as McFarlane Toys announces a licensing agreement with Microsoft to produce action figures based on the hit video game series Halo®.
Sprint:
Sprint Customers Will Get More Done With The New Mogul™ By HTC  —  Sleek and compact slide-out keyboard design packs speed and power, large touch screen, long battery life, thumbwheel for one-handed use and much more  —  Newest Smart Device is first in Sprint portfolio to offer Windows Mobile 6 Professional Edition
BBC:
Blockbuster to focus on Blu-ray  —  Firm rental firm Blockbuster is to rent high-definition DVDs in the Blu-ray format only at 1,450 of its US stores.  —  The decision is being seen as a blow for the rival HD DVD format, which has been battling Blu-ray for supremacy.
Discussion: Kotaku and Slashdot
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's iMac overhaul tracking for mid-to-late summer  —  Apple Inc.'s hotly anticipated iPhone device will have a few weeks to bask in the limelight before the electronics maker returns focus to its Mac business with a pair of redesigned iMacs positioned to catch the tail end of the educational buying season.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo, Engadget and digg
The Boy Genius Report:
Motorola Q9M (Nelson) Hands On!  —  Yeah, you're probably looking at the first live shots of the new Motorola Q9M for Verizon Wireless, and ain't it a beauty?  The Q9M uses a regular miniUSB port instead of Motorola's new favorite microUSB, which makes charging and connecting a lot easier.
Discussion: Engadget, IntoMobile and jkOnTheRun
 
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David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
Author of Gas.App mines his Web logs for iPhone specs (and finds them)
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Online pet supply company raises $10M even as sector's growth plummets
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
NBC wants more ISPs to spy on users, reform Safe Harbor
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft sues Immersion for contract breach
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Video Editing 2.0: 8 Ways to Remix Online Videos
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
AT&T quietly offers $10 DSL plan
Reuters:
Nokia sees future for touch screens, move sensors
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BlackBerry Pearl 2 "Komet" reveals itself
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Bill Ray / The Register:
T-Mobile terminates Truphone
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