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8:20 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 …
Charles Cooper / CNET News:
Carol Bartz is no Jerry Yang.  Thankfully  —  Corporate fixes are notoriously hard.  Parachuting into the equivalent of a war zone, with potential landmines at every turn, requires a special gene.  And no small amount of brass.  —  So it is that after a year of corporate upheaval …
Sarah Lacy:
Yahoo's New CEO: The Best News I've Heard All Day
Discussion: MediaMemo and Digits
Mercury News:
Experience at Autodesk prepared Bartz for Yahoo's challenges
Discussion: BoomTown
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.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Brit porn filter censors 13 years of net history  —  Demon blacklist muzzles Wayback Machine  —  Four weeks after birthing a nationwide Wikipedia edit ban, Britain's child porn blacklist has led at least one ISP to muzzle the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine - an 85-billion-page web history dating back to 1996.
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 …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
A Text Arrives.  Oh, It's Just an ‘Idol’ Ad.  —  Some AT&T Wireless customers have voted an emphatic no on a promotion for “American Idol” that popped up on their phones this week.  —  AT&T, a sponsor of the show, said it sent text messages to a “significant number” of its 75 million customers …
Flora Graham / BBC:
Gaza crisis spills onto the web  —  A propaganda war between supporters of Israel and Palestine is being waged on the internet.  —  Activists have turned to defacing websites, taking over computers, and shutting down Facebook groups.  —  US Military sites, Nato, and an Israeli Bank have all been targeted in recent days.
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Blockbuster to offer video downloads  —  In an effort to keep pace with rival Netflix, Blockbuster announced a partnership Wednesday to offer instant access to its video library through various home and portable devices.  —  The movie rental company has partnered with Sonic Solutions to offer …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Engadget HD
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
Globe and Mail:
Nortel to file for bankruptcy protection  —  Facing $107-million interest on debts, former telecom giant will likely be broken up and sold to foreign rivals  —  Former technology titan Nortel Networks Corp. is expected to file for bankruptcy protection as early as today, sources say …
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
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
YouTube Now Mutes Videos With Unauthorized Copyrighted Music  —  Perhaps this has been going on for a while, but I've never noticed it before.  YouTube users often create an original video using their favorite popular song as the audio.  I'm afraid that they won't be able to do that much longer …
Discussion: TechCrunch, MediaFuturist and SheGeeks
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
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Rumor: EA Shuts Down Pandemic Studios Down Under  —  Electronics Arts has shuffled off Pandemic Studios' Brisbane office, a reliable source tells Kotaku.  The Australian developer was best known for Destroy All Humans! and its rumored development of an ill-fated Batman game.
Discussion: bit-tech.net and videogaming247
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: TechSpot, Slashdot and Clickety Clack
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Ex-Yahoo executive Rosensweig joins Adobe board  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Dan Rosensweig, a former Yahoo Inc. executive who left the troubled Internet company as it began an unstable period of management turnover and a declining stock price, will join the board of directors at Adobe Systems Inc., Adobe said late Tuesday.
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.
Discussion: Elliott C. Back
PR Newswire:
Gameloft Inks License Agreement for the Official Mobile Game of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian  —  Gameloft, a leading developer and publisher of video games on mobile phones and consoles, announced today a licensing agreement with Fox Mobile Entertainment to develop …
Discussion: IntoMobile
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.
Michael Wei / Reuters:
China Internet users soar to 298 million  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - The number of Internet users in China jumped nearly 42 percent to 298 million by the end of 2008 from the previous year, cementing the country's position as the world's largest Internet population, the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) said.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Rebecca Reisner / Business Week:
Comcast's Twitter Man  —  For Frank Eliason, managing the cable giant's customer service department means tweeting strategically  —  I think it's safe to call Comcast's Frank Eliason the most famous customer service manager in the U.S., possibly in the world.
Discussion: DSLreports and Twitterrati
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: SlashGear and jkOnTheRun
 
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