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7:50 PM ET, January 13, 2009

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Yahoo!:
Carol Bartz Joins Yahoo! as Chief Executive Officer  —  Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), a leading global brand and one of the world's most trafficked Internet destinations, announced today that Carol Bartz, a veteran technology executive who was most recently Executive Chairman of Autodesk (NASDAQ …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Confirms Bartz Pick as CEO; No. 2 Exec Decker Out  —  As reported by BoomTown and others, Yahoo has officially selected former Autodesk (ADSK) head Carol Bartz as its next CEO, effective immediately.  —  She will also join the Yahoo board.  —  In a press release this afternoo …
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo to Name Bartz as CEO  —  Yahoo Inc. is expected to announce that Carol Bartz, former chief executive of software company Autodesk Inc., has accepted an offer to become the Internet company's next CEO, according to people familiar with the situation.  —  A spokesman for Yahoo, Sunnyvale, Calif., declined to comment.
Sarah Lacy:
Yahoo's New CEO: The Best News I've Heard All Day  —  No mixed feelings on this blog, I think Yahoo naming Carol Bartz its new CEO (if the reports are true) is great news for the company.  First, my usual disclaimer that I say all the following as a reporter, not a Yahoo contractor.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and AdAge
Fred / A VC:
This News Made Me Smile A Mile Wide  —  Like I do every morning, I logged into Techmeme to find this news:  —  That's an image, sorry about that, here's the link to the WSJ story, but I wanted you all to see how I heard the news.  —  This is so great on so many levels.  Let's start with the first reason.
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Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
New FCC Chief Julius Genachowski A Google Net Neutrality Shill?
Discussion: Computerworld and GigaOM
John Cook / TechFlash:
Marchex, Microsoft criticized on mobile advertising techniques  —  Seattle online advertising company Marchex is among those criticized in a 52-page complaint [PDF] today brought by the Center for Digital Democracy and U.S. Public Interest Research Group that says mobile marketers are using “unfair and deceptive practices.”
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Heather Green / Business Week:
Spies in Your Mobile Phone
Discussion: Computerworld
DigiTimes:
TSMC and UMC likely to receive orders for iPhone nano, says paper  —  Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) will likely land chip orders for Apple's low-cost entry-level iPhone nano, the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) reported today.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Obama's new BlackBerry: The NSA's secure PDA?  —  President-elect Barack Obama checks his BlackBerry while riding on his campaign bus in Pennsylvania last March.  —  (Credit: Pete Souza/ Rapport Press )  —  Bill Clinton sent only two e-mail messages as president and has yet to pick up the habit.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft patches ‘super nasty’ Windows bugs  —  Expect worm soon, says researcher, who sees damage potential on par with Blaster, Sasser  —  Computerworld) Microsoft Corp. today patched three vulnerabilities in the company's Server Message Block (SMB) file-sharing protocol …
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
MS Patch Tuesday: 3 critical SMB vulnerabilities
Discussion: MSRC and eWeek
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-001 - Critical
Discussion: eWeek
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mac clone maker claims it bought OS X from Apple  —  Embattled Psystar says Apple can't tell it what to do with legit copies of the OS  —  Computerworld) The Mac clone maker being sued by Apple Inc. because it installs Mac OS X on generic Intel-based systems said it bought copies …
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
It's Business Time!  —  Twitter receives a crushing amount of partnership opportunities on a regular basis—it's a good problem to have yet until now there has been nobody on staff dedicated solely to business development.  Things are changing.  We hired Kevin Thau as our Director of Mobile Business Development late last month.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Is a Microsoft Search Deal With Yahoo “Ticked and Tied”?  —  Several sources close to Yahoo and Microsoft have told BoomTown that a search partnership deal between the companies is more likely to be signed quickly now that Yahoo has picked former Autodesk (ADSK) CEO Carol Bartz as its next CEO.
Raphael Leiteritz / Google LatLong:
New ways to get around with the Transit Layer  —  I'm pleased to announce the launch of the Transit Layer on Google Maps in more than 50 cities around the world making it easier for citizens and tourists around the globe to access public transportation line information in their cities.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Brian Mastenbrook:
Disclosure of information vulnerability in Safari  —  Note: The original version of this page contained a simple workaround for this issue which I believed would protect users against this problem.  I have since discovered (on 13 January 2009) that changing the default RSS feed reader application …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Could This Be Your All-in-One Social Network?  —  Long time innovator Marc Canter has made a proposal for a system to let users integrate all their social networks from around the web into one central dashboard.  He calls it the DiSO Dashboard.  —  So far it's just a vision …
Discussion: Marc's Voice
Staska / Unwired View:
Apple plans to integrate iPhone Mapping and Calendar apps  —  We told you that Apple is pretty serious about the mobile navigation feature on it's iPhone.  —  They have already patented most of the mapping and navigation features used currently on their handsets Mapping app.
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk and MacBlogz
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Cable modems to hit 300Mbps with 8-channel bonding  —  Cable modem speeds are about to zoom a whole lot higher.  Thanks to the magic of channel bonding, DOCSIS 3.0 modems will soon be able to reach 300+Mbps—though cable users won't see Internet speeds in that range anytime soon.
Discussion: Multichannel News and Electronista
Electronista:
Dell said nearing smartphone launch  —  Dell is getting closer to releasing its long-rumored first smartphone, according to a research note by Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu.  Investigations within Dell's supply chain point reportedly indicate that a Dell smartphone is “closer to reality” …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
New York Court Dismisses Amazon's Objections To Paying State Taxes  —  Remember the Amazon Tax?  Back in April, the New York State legislature passed a bill requiring Amazon to collect taxes from New York State residents even though it doesn't have a physical presence in the state (the normal requirement for retailers).
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Friendly DRM Is An Oxymoron  —  from the nothing-friendly-about-it dept  —  While the era of DRM on music may finally be ending, it appears that some other industries still haven't quite come to terms with the two simple facts that a few industries are finally realizing: (1) DRM does not work …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Huffington Post Acquires Comedy News Site 236.com From IAC  —  Huffington Post is wasting little time in putting last month's $25 million funding to work: as expected, the company says its buying comedy news site 236.com.  The comedy site was created in Nov. 2007 as part of a joint venture between Huffington Post and IAC (NSDQ: IACI).
Discussion: NewTeeVee and The Social
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
No More Free Jott For You  —  In August voice-to-text service Jott moved out of beta and added a premium feature for $4/month.  Since then, the company says, about 30% of Jott's active users have opted for the premium, no-ads version of the service.  —  People use it to send voice …
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
The 30th Anniversary of the (No Good) Spreadsheet App  —  Spreadsheets have elevated the once lowly bean counter to the executive suite—and enabled him to make some truly horrible decisions.  —  2009 marks the 30-year anniversary of the now-ubiquitous spreadsheet program.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
ScreenToaster 2.0 Takes on Jing and Screencast.com  —  ScreenToaster is an easy to use screencasting application that lives in your browser.  When we first reviewed it, it was still in private beta, but today, the company has started its public beta test and added enough new features …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Report Calls Online Threats to Children Overblown  —  The Internet may not be such a dangerous place for children after all.  —  A high-profile task force created by 49 state attorneys general to find a solution to the problem of sexual solicitation of children online has concluded …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple to replace 17-inch MacBook Pro batteries in stores  —  Apple this week served up the details of its battery replacement program for the new 17-inch MacBook Pro, which offers customers the option of having a new battery installed at their nearest Apple retail store.
Discussion: Gizmodo, MacRumors, Gadget Lab and TUAW
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Can Microsoft Make Windows For a Small World?  —  The biggest question facing Windows 7 is whether Microsoft can really think small.  —  When designing Windows Vista, Microsoft put a lot of effort into taking advantage of sophisticated computer hardware, with fancy graphics on the surface and lots of new processing tricks inside.
Discussion: eWeek
 
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