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4:20 AM ET, January 14, 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 afternoon …
Sarah Lacy:
Yahoo's New CEO: The Best News I've Heard All Day
Discussion: Digits and MediaMemo
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Allows 3rd Party Web Browsers into App Store  —  Over the past 24 hours, Apple has begun to approve 3rd party web browsing applications for the iPhone.  A number of new web browsing apps have suddenly appeared with original submission dates ranging as far back as October.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Sell Google Apps through Google's reseller program  —  Ever wanted to be a salesperson for Google?  Well, now you may get your chance through the Google Apps Reseller program, which allows companies to sell their own versions of Google Apps, the business offering that bundles products like Gmail, Google Docs, and more.
Dion Hinchcliffe / Enterprise Web 2.0:
8 Predictions for Enterprise Web 2.0 in 2009  —  We are starting 2009 off in a particularly inauspicious economic climate, though as we'll see, important opportunities also exist.  2008 was a very tough year for many businesses and industries and it's almost as hard to see how things …
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 …
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.
Benjamin Edelman / Ben Edelman:
False and Deceptive Display Ads at Yahoo's Right Media … Given limited enforcement of restrictions on deceptive online advertising, numerous banner advertisers are willing to resort to trickery to draw attention to their offerings.  And plenty of web site publishers stand ready to run deceptive ads.
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 …
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.
Tony Smith / The Register:
DisplayPort revision to get mini connector, stereo 3D  —  Apple's MacBook monitor port to enter standard  —  Laptop vendors will be soon be able to use the same mini-DisplayPort connector found on Apple's latest MacBooks.  —  The tiny port is to be included in the upcoming DisplayPort 1.2 specification …
Discussion: AppleInsider and MacRumors
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
PubMatic: Remnant Ad Prices Are Half What They Were A Year Ago  —  Fourth quarter data is starting to trickle in on how bad the online advertising downturn is turning out to be.  The latest data comes from Pubmatic, an online ad optimization service used by more than 5,000 sites large and small.
Discussion: broadstuff, HipMojo.com and TechWag
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Piracy prompts iPhone developer to put ads in game  —  When James Bossert saw he that his Whack 'em All iPhone game had 400 new users in one day last week he initially got excited.  But that sentiment quickly changed when he saw that only 12 people had paid 99 cents for the game on Apple's iPhone App Store.
Mike Elgan / Computerworld Blogs:
Why Sony is the new Apple  —  Analysts say that Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony will report full-year operating losses for the first time since 1995 during an earnings call later this month.  The news comes on the heels of seven years of missed earnings.  So why do I think the company is poised for a massive come-back?
Discussion: Financial Times
Sherri / philosecurity:
Interview with an Adware Author  —  Matt Knox, a talented Ruby instructor and coder, talks about his early days designing and writing adware for Direct Revenue.  (Direct Revenue was sued by Eliot Spitzer in 2006 for allegedly surreptitiously installing adware on millions of computers.)
Discussion: Slashdot and Clickety Clack
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.
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.
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
Linus / Linus' blog:
Odd hardware  —  I'm totally not very sentimental about technology - the good old days really weren't very good at all, and I'm solidly in the “good riddance” camp when it comes to old computers and peripherals.  I'll take the newest/smallest/fastest thing over those clunky machines of yesteryear.
Discussion: open
Darrell Etherington / TheAppleBlog:
MobileMe Free Trials Could Lose Your Precious Files  —  The MobileMe trial began to seem like it was going to go on forever, since Apple kept tacking on more time to make up for having released a half-baked service to begin with.  Sadly, not so.  My own trial term recently came to an end …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
InfoWorld:
Satyam fraud has ramifications for outsourcers  —  The financial fraud perpetrated by Satyam Computer Services executives could trigger near-term disruptions across the outsourcing and IT industries.  Ramalinga Raju, the company's founder and chairman, resigned last week.
Discussion: Computerworld and Reality Check
Light Reading:
Verizon Plants FiOS in AT&T's Backyard  —  Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ - message board) is preparing to offer its FiOS fiber-to-the-home services to an entirely new set of customers in North Texas by the end of February, Light Reading has learned.  This rare occurrence …
Discussion: DSLreports and Telecompetitor
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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Select testers get Office 14 alpha release  —  Microsoft [is set to begin] has begun providing selected testers with access to alpha versions of its Office 14 server wares.  —  (Yes, I know I said just yesterday that no testers seemed to have O14 code yet.
Discussion: OakLeaf Systems and ActiveWin.com
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Taxpayer data at IRS remains vulnerable, GAO warns  —  The agency sees problems with password security and user access controls  —  Computerworld) Less than three months after the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration reported that there were major security vulnerabilities …
Peter Scott / Fudzilla:
WD's mammoth 2TB drive to launch this week  —  It's never enough  —  Western Digital will launch its 2TB hard drive later this week, and it should be available immediately.  —  The Caviar Green 2000GB WD20EADS drive features 32MB of cache, an 8.9ms seek time and it runs either at 7200 or 5400RMP …
Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
Reinventing the tech incubator  —  Tech Daily: Betaworks is bringing back a '90s icon.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — Like hip hop and Dockers, tech incubators were faddish in the late 1990s.  These companies offered promising dot-coms work space, back office services like human resources and accounting, and a bit of funding.
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 …
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 it's 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).
 
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Joel Hruska / Kit:
VIA plans Nano enhancements, quiet OEM design wins for 2009
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Microsoft's new ad campaign finally gets it right
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Friendly DRM Is An Oxymoron
Erica Sadun / Infinite Loop:
Apple's search for HSPA engineers: a good thing for iPhone
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Microsoft Plans to Continue Zune Hardware, Embrace Other Platforms
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How Big is Downadup?  Very Big.  —  Downadup worms attempt to call home.
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