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July 16, 2012, 11:15 PM

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DealBook:
A Yahoo Search Calls Up a Chief From Google  —  Updated  —  Marissa Mayer, one of the top executives at Google, will be the next chief of Yahoo, making her one of the most prominent women in Silicon Valley and corporate America.  —  The appointment of Ms. Mayer is consider a coup for Yahoo …
Yahoo! Inc.:
Yahoo! Appoints Marissa Mayer Chief Executive Officer  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)— Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) today announced that it has appointed Marissa Mayer as President and Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors effective July 17, 2012.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Google Doesn't Plan to Name New Local Head to Replace Marissa Mayer  —  New Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer won't be directly replaced at Google, where she was VP of local, maps and location services until Monday.  —  Mayer's duties will be filled by her lieutenants, according to two sources with knowledge of the organization.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
EXCLUSIVE Q&A: Marc Andreessen Tells Us What He Thinks Of New Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer  —  In a dramatic and surprising move, Yahoo just hired famous Google VP Marissa Mayer to be its CEO.  —  So what does the Silicon Valley cognoscenti think?  —  To find out, we asked Marc Andreessen.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
The Marissa Mayer Yahoo Show, Brought to You by Daniel Loeb  —  The appointment of Marissa Mayer as CEO of Yahoo earlier today was a definitively splashy move by the board of the troubled Internet giant.  —  And a key impresario of the showy appointment?  None other than Yahoo's former foe …
Microsoft Corporation:
Microsoft unveils the new Office  —  Delivers Office as a cloud service while harnessing innovations enabled by Windows 8  —  Today, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the customer preview of the new Microsoft Office, available at office.com/preview.
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Microsoft Office 2013 preview: details, screenshots and impressions  —  It's been about three years since Microsoft unveiled a new version of Office, and particularly with Windows 8 just months away from dropping, the software has been well overdue for an upgrade.
Joanna Stern / ABC News:
Office 2013: Redesigned for Tablets, Skype Integration, Cloud Connectivity  —  Microsoft's been all about trading in tradition for change with Windows 8, and the next version of Microsoft Office is following suit.  Today, Microsoft previewed the next version of its Office, which includes Microsoft Word …
Caroline Gaffney / LinkedIn Blog:
Introducing a Simpler Homepage  —  Millions of you are coming to LinkedIn everyday to discover and discuss what matters most to your professional life.  And today, we've started to roll out a simpler and easier way to navigate Homepage experience that offers quick access to the relevant information …
GigaOM:
VMware plans cloud spin out to keep up with Microsoft, Amazon and Google  —  VMware, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based virtualization and software company, is planning a corporate shakeup.  GigaOM has learned that VMware hopes to spin out some of its cloud assets, including its Cloud Foundry platform …
More: ZDNetThanks:@om
Nick Bilton / Bits:
With Apple's Siri, a Romance Gone Sour  —  Late last summer, I was introduced to a new special someone.  I wasn't looking to meet this new muse, it all just kind of happened.  —  We met at an Apple product announcement in Cupertino, Calif. She was helpful, smart and even funny, cracking sarcastic jokes and making me laugh.
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Hacker Opens High Security Handcuffs With 3D-Printed And Laser-Cut Keys  —  Two 3D-printed and one laser-cut copy of restricted handcuff keys.  (Click to enlarge.)  —  The security of high-end handcuffs depends on a detainee not having access to certain small, precisely-shaped objects.
More: CNET and The VergeThanks:@forbestech
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Skype confirms ‘rare’ bug that sends messages to unintended contacts, promises fix soon  —  Only a handful of Skype users have reported this problem over at the support forum, but what they're complaining about is pretty hair-raising.  They say that, following an update in June …
Hilton Romanski / Cisco Blog:
Cisco Acquires Virtuata  —  Cisco is pleased to announce that it has acquired privately held Virtuata.  Based in Milpitas, Calif., Virtuata provides innovative capabilities for securing virtual machine level information in data centers and cloud environments.
More: GigaOM and eWeek
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Live Nation buys music discovery app Rexly  —  As part of an ongoing effort to bring bleeding-edge innovation back to ticketing conglomerate Live Nation, the company's months-old investment vehicle, LN Labs, has acquired social music discovery startup Rexly.  —  Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.
Hamish Fletcher / New Zealand Herald:
US ‘the enemy’ says Dotcom judge  —  The judge due to hear Kim Dotcom's extradition case has referred to the United States as “the enemy” in a discussion about copyright law.  —  District Court Judge David Harvey has heard parts of the case against the Megaupload founder …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple begins bid to block in-app purchasing flaw, but service remains operational (for now)  —  Apple has begun taking steps to limit the impact of a flaw in its iOS in-app purchasing mechanism that allows iDevice owners to download free in-game content, but despite its initial efforts, the service remains operational.
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
Valve launches Linux blog, officially announces Steam for Ubuntu  —  If bits of launcher script, photographic evidence and a short video weren't enough to convince you Valve was porting Steam to Linux, maybe you'll take it directly from the horse's mouth: Steam is coming to Ubuntu 12.04.
More: Valve, The Verge and Kotaku

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