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3:40 PM ET, January 13, 2009

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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.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Bartz to Be Named Yahoo CEO: Now What's Next?  —  It looks like Carol Bartz will be taking on the thankless role as new Yahoo CEO.  —  Sources close to the situation told BoomTown-which had first named the former Autodesk CEO the top pick last week-that Bartz (pictured here) …
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:   CNBC Confirms Bartz to Take Yahoo Reins
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Carol Bartz To Become Yahoo CEO (YHOO)
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: GigaOM, eWeek, Technologizer and DSLreports
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:   Obama's FCC chairman pick hailed by reform groups
Wall Street Journal:
Genachowski Picked to Head FCC
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.
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Reuters:
Sony may suffer first loss in 14 years  —  Slumping sales, strong yen expected to weigh on electronics giant's annual results.  Stock sinks 9%.  —  TOKYO (Reuters) — Japan's Sony Corp will likely suffer an annual operating loss of about $1.1 billion, its first such loss in 14 years …
Brian Mastenbrook:
Disclosure of information vulnerability in Safari  —  I have discovered that Apple's Safari browser is vulnerable to an attack that allows a malicious web site to read files on a user's hard drive without user intervention.  This can be used to gain access to sensitive information stored …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-001 - Critical  —  Vulnerabilities in SMB Could Allow Remote Code Execution (958687)  —  Version: 1.0  —  General Information  —  Executive Summary  —  This security update resolves several privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Server Message Block (SMB) Protocol.
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.
Nate Lanxon / CNET News:
iTunes Plus: Everything you need to know  —  Apple's iTunes Store is almost completely DRM-free, and will be entirely DRM-free from spring.  This means files downloaded from iTunes work on heaps of devices that aren't from Apple.  What better way to celebrate the final bullet to the living corpse …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Social Networking: Will Facebook Overtake MySpace In The U.S. In 2009?  —  Year end Comscore numbers for the U.S. audience are out.  The first thing we checked?  How the major social networks are doing.  —  Facebook, which became the largest worldwide social network in mid 2008 …
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).
Google Mac Blog:
Search Without Effort: The Quick Search Box  —  One of our goals at Google is to make your search experience as fluid as possible.  While much of our work is focused on Google.com, we're trying to make it just as easy to search outside your browser.  —  For the last year, we have been working on a new, open-source quick search box.
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 …
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” …
Discussion: SlashGear and wmpoweruser.com
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
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
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Nvidia slashes revenue guidance up to 50 percent  —  Nvidia is slashing fourth-quarter revenue guidance 40 percent to 50 percent.  This comes on the heels of Intel's revision last week.  Both companies are citing collapsing demand from customers.  —  “Total revenue for the fourth quarter …
Discussion: Thomson IR and GigaOM
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Nvidia Cuts Q4 View; Sees 40%-50% Sequential Rev Drop
Discussion: Ars Technica and Between the Lines
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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Tracking the iPhone's jagged growth  —  The rise of the iPhone, like the course of true love, never did run smooth.  —  Quarterly sales last year varied widely, from a low of 720,000 in June to a high of 6,890,000 in September following the release of the iPhone 3G.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Look Out For Weak Apple Guidance, iPhone Sales — Citi (AAPL)  —  Apple (AAPL) reports December quarter earnings next Wednesday, so Wall Street's estimate revisions are rolling in.  We'll update our models this week, but for now, we'll share some of the reports we see.
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
How Would You Like Your Own, Personal iPhone App?  —  From InfoMedia, the makers of iFart (an odd reference point, I know, but they obviously know something about creating a popular iPhone app) comes an interesting concept.  —  CEO of InfoMedia Joel Comm claims that the iPhone applications platform …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Profy
ZDNet:
Mashups changing the face of copyright laws  —  User-generated mashups are changing the face of copyright laws, which have to evolve to catch up with the Internet generation, said Mary Wong, an expert on intellectual property (IP).  —  The professor of law at the U.S.-based Franklin Pierce Law Center …
 
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