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9:55 AM ET, January 4, 2012

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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Yahoo's new CEO Thompson: Five big challenges  —  Summary: Yahoo's likely new CEO—PayPal president Scott Thompson—has a big to-do list including making the company relevant again.  —  Yahoo is reportedly set to name a new CEO—PayPal president Scott Thompson—but challenges abound.
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Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:
Yahoo Names PayPal Boss Scott Thompson as CEO … It's official.  As Kara Swisher reported earlier, Yahoo just named Scott Thompson, the president of eBay's PayPal business, as CEO.  Thompson also will be named to the Yahoo board, which has been weighing for months a sale or other possible strategic options for the company.
Yahoo! Inc.:
Yahoo! Appoints Scott Thompson Chief Executive Officer  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)— Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO), the premier digital media company, today announced the appointment of Scott Thompson as Chief Executive Officer, effective January 9, 2012, at which time Tim Morse will resume his role as Chief Financial Officer.
Ed Oswald / BetaNews:
Windows Phone partners bet $100M on Nokia Ace  —  The importance of the Nokia Ace to Microsoft's mobile plans is apparent as sources tell BetaNews of a major marketing push for the smartphone in the second quarter of this year.  The Ace will launch in late March, sources confirm …
Tiuri van Agten / Distimo:
Google Android Market Tops 400,000 Applications  —  Google Android Market gave itself a nice new year's present last weekend.  The total number of active applications worldwide in the Android Market reached the 400,000 milestone.  Android Market has topped the 200K and 300K available apps milestones …
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Apple's long silence on call mute issue raising ire of iPhone owners  —  Apple's iPhone 4S wasn't without its share of launch troubles, including complaints of poor battery life.  But while Apple was quick to address said issues in an update (and then promised to do so again in another) …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Microsoft sues UK retailer Comet for ‘creating and selling’ counterfeit Windows Vista and XP CDs  —  Now this is highly unusual.  Microsoft has just reported it's taking legal action against Comet, one of the two big high street tech retailers in the UK, for “creating and selling …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google requiring default ‘Holo’ theme in Android 4.0 devices for Android Market access  —  When Google unveiled the SDK for Android 4.0, the first thing we noted about Ice Cream Sandwich is that the default “Holo” theme would be baked right in at the OS level.
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
Cisco's Alternative To Skype Has Quietly Been Killed  —  Cisco has quietly pulled the plug on its ill-fated consumer home videoconferencing system, Umi.  This could be the final blow to the company's once-grand consumer plans.  —  Umi was introduced a little over a year ago, in October, 2010.
Larry Downes / Forbes:
Why Best Buy is Going out of Business...Gradually  —  Electronics retailer Best Buy is headed for the exits.  I can't say when exactly, but my guess is that it's only a matter of time, maybe a few more years.  —  Consider a few key metrics.  Despite the disappearance of competitors including Circuit City …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Codecademy's CodeYear Attracts 100,000 Aspiring Programmers In 48 Hours  —  Talk about starting your year off on the right foot.  —  Two days ago, Codecademy — a startup that's looking to bring programming to the masses — launched a nifty initiative called Code Year.
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Nobody Goes to Facebook Anymore.  It's Too Crowded.  —  A year ago Steven Levy suggested that Facebook should give us each a single “friend-list do-over.”  —  A lot of commenters challenged him.  “Grow some balls and just unfriend people,” said one of the more even tempered readers.
Discussion: @howardlindzon
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Embroiled in the Google sponsored-post debacle, Unruly raises $25M (exclusive)  —  Happier times: Unruly team poses for company photo  —  A five year-old company that seeks to deliver “awesome social video campaigns” finds itself embroiled in a hairy Internet pickle on a day that would have otherwise been ripe for celebration.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's Chrome Page No Longer Ranks For “Browser” After Sponsored Post Penalty
Chetan / Always On Real-Time Access:
2012 Mobile Industry Predictions Survey  —  First things first.  From all of us at Chetan Sharma Consulting, we wish you and yours a very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2012.  My thanks to all who participated in our 2012 Mobile Predictions Annual Survey.  It gives our community an insider's view of trends.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why Twitter's “verified account” failure matters  —  The new year brought a treat for those who like to follow aging media moguls, with the launch of official Twitter accounts belonging to both News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch and his wife Wendi Deng, including some awkward banter around …
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Guardian:
Wendi Deng Twitter account is a fake
Adam Taylor / Business Insider:
Anonymous Have Begun Targeting German Neo-Nazis  —  The Anonymous hacking network has a new target — German Neo Nazis.  —  Deutsche Welle reports that the new operation is nicknamed “Operation Blitzkrieg”, and sees the group attacking a number of websites linked with the National Democratic Party (NPD).
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Samsung Series 5 Ultra up for pre-order in the US, brings optical media to the ultrabook for $949  —  Koreans won't be the only ones sticking DVDs into exceptionally thin laptops this year: Samsung's Series 5 Ultra laptops are now available for pre-order at J&R. The first time we heard …
Fraser Speirs:
Misconceptions About iOS Multitasking  —  There is one iOS “tip” that I keep hearing and it is wrong.  Worse, I keep hearing it from supposedly authoritative sources.  I have even heard it from the lips of Apple “Geniuses” in stores.  —  Here is the advice - and remember it is wrong: … Wrong.
Sarah Hodges / RunKeeper:
How Getting Featured in the Android Market Boosted RunKeeper App Downloads by 637%  —  When the clock struck midnight this weekend, ringing in the New Year, social feeds lit up with New Year's resolution chatter.  And RunKeeper's inbox lit up with news that we'd been featured in the Android Market's Health and Fitness section.
Discussion: 9to5Google
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple to launch iPhone 4S in China and 21 new countries on January 13  —  Apple has announced that it will launch its new iPhone 4S smartphone in China and 21 additional countries on January 13, ensuring that the handset will become available in over 90 countries since it launched.
Andrew Clay Shafer / fate = will && choice:
incubators are a ghetto  —  There has been an explosion of incubators in the last few years.  Most of them suck.  Some suck so bad that the net value created by the program is probably negative.  I'm not going to name names.  This is just about results.  —  Let's start with a story.
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Meet the spectrum bosses  —  If AT&T-Mo's failure taught us anything it's that if the big U.S. operators are going to grow they can't do it by acquiring each other.  Instead they're going to have to buy up what unused spectrum is left on the market to stockpile bandwidth for their future mobile broadband networks.
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Citi lets Facebook friends share points  —  Summary: Citi has launched a Facebook app that lets ThankYou Rewards members share points with their Facebook friends.  This means you can pool your collective points towards a shared goal.  —  Citi today announced the Citi ThankYou Point Sharing App …
Electronista:
Nintendo rumored encouraging iOS to Wii U ports, e-reading  —  Nintendo Wii U may lure iOS devs and e-books  —  Quickly coming on the heels of talk of a full Wii U app store is a rumor late Monday of Nintendo actively courting iOS developers.  The gaming giant was said by a developer talking …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Samsung has no plans to deliver ‘Value Pack’ for Galaxy S smartphones  —  Rumours that have suggested Samsung is working on delivering an Android ‘Value Pack’ update for Galaxy S smartphones have been dealt a blow after The Next Web was informed that there are no plans for its release.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
No Warrant Needed for GPS Monitoring, Judge Rules  —  A Missouri federal judge ruled the FBI did not need a warrant to secretly attach a GPS monitoring device to a suspect's car to track his public movements for two months.  —  The ruling, upholding federal theft and other charges …
 
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