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3:20 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) …
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?  —  Former IAC (IACI) counsel and Obama insider Julius Genachowski will be tapped by Barack Obama to run the FCC.  Not a surprising pick: Julius had been working on Obama's transition team, and was once rumored to be in the running for federal CTO, only to be ruled out.
Discussion: GigaOM, eWeek, Technologizer and DSLreports
Wall Street Journal:
Genachowski Picked to Head FCC
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:   Obama's FCC chairman pick hailed by reform groups
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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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 …
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.
Discussion: Slashdot
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).
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 …
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.
Discussion: eWeek, Security Watch and Bink.nu
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
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
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.
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
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.
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 …
Joel Hruska / Kit:
Intel may tweak ULV processors for ultra-thin notebooks  —  One thing about attending CES is that you get a real sense for just how many markets and products various large companies may be building, researching, or distributing at any given time.  Intel, for example, displayed dozens …
Discussion: Electronista and GPS Obsessed
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Digital rights war looms ahead  —  The future of digital entertainment rights could turn into a battleground for control in the coming months.  —  In one corner is Apple, the largest music retailer in the United States.  —  And in the other is DECE, a US consortium of entertainment …
Matt Peckham / PC World:
Could World of Warcraft be a College Class?  —  If World of Warcraft were a college course, would you enroll?  David Friedman, an academic economist “who teaches at a law school and has never taken a course for credit in either field” hopes so.  He's laid out a few reasons why he thinks …
Discussion: Latest Blog Posts
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Intel Reportedly Cutting Prices; Pacific Crest Cuts Estimates  —  Intel (INTC) plans to cut prices on its quad-core, dual-core and Xeon processors on January 18, according to Pacific Crest analyst Michael McConnell.  He sees cuts of 15%-40$ on quad-core processors, 13% on dual-core chips and 15%-40% on Xeon quad-core server processors.
Discussion: The Register
 
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Cade Metz / The Register:
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