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4:15 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
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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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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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 …
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mac clone maker claims it bought OS X from Apple
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Macsimum News
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.
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 …
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.
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: WebProNews and Google Maps Mania
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.”
Discussion: MediaPost and Gearlog
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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 …
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 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.
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
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Nvidia Cuts Q4 View; Sees 40%-50% Sequential Rev Drop  —  Nvidia (NVDA) this morning warned that it now expects revenue for its fiscal fourth quarter ending January 25 to be down 40%-50% sequentially from the fiscal third quarter, due to “further weakness in end-user demand and inventory reductions …
Discussion: Ars Technica and Between the Lines
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Nvidia slashes revenue guidance up to 50 percent
Discussion: Thomson IR and GigaOM
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 …
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 …
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
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.
 
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Market Wire:
WebLayers Secures $3 Million in Funding, Appoints Industry Veteran …
Discussion: Jobwire
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Intel Reportedly Cutting Prices; Pacific Crest Cuts Estimates
Discussion: The Register
Telco 2.0:
BT gains Telco 2.0 Chief Analyst
Joel Hruska / Kit:
Intel may tweak ULV processors for ultra-thin notebooks
Discussion: Electronista and GPS Obsessed
ZDNet:
Mashups changing the face of copyright laws
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Did CNN Live Snub Twitter in Favor of Facebook?
Matt Peckham / PC World:
Could World of Warcraft be a College Class?
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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Digital rights war looms ahead
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Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
How Would You Like Your Own, Personal iPhone App?
Discussion: IntoMobile and Profy
John Leyden / The Register:
AVG snaps up behaviour-based threat detection firm
Discussion: CNET News and eWeek
Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
HTC Iolite leaks again; This time we have a bigger picture
Discussion: Mobility Site
Julie Masis / Boston Globe:
Is this lawman your Facebook friend?
Discussion: Industry Standard
John Leyden / The Register:
Virus writer signs off in cordial Trojan message to MS
Discussion: Computerworld
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Hardware Hacker Charged With Selling Cable Modems That Get Free Broadband — Update
Discussion: PC World and DSLreports
 

 
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