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July 16, 2012, 5:50 PM

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DealBook:
Google's Marissa Mayer Becomes Yahoo's Chief  —  Marissa Mayer, one of the top executives at Google, will be the next C.E.O. of Yahoo, making her one of the most prominent women in Silicon Valley and corporate America.  —  The appointment of Ms. Mayer, who was employee No. 20 at Google …
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.
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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Rolling Out iCloud.com Email Addresses with iOS 6 Beta 3  —  With today's release of iOS 6 Beta 3 to developers, Apple has revealed in the update's change log that it is beginning the first stages of transitioning users from the me.com email addresses and Apple IDs available under MobileMe to new addresses using icloud.com.
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 …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Apple Store overnights happening July 24.  Mountain Lion launch the next day?  —  We've heard a few whispers (3 and counting) that Apple Stores both in the United States and overseas have planned overnights for Tuesday, July 24th.  With OS X Mountain Lion launching “in July”, according to Apple …
More: CNET, Ars Technica, BGR and ZDNet
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
An iPad Lover's Take On The Nexus 7  —  Trolls, feel free to skip to the bottom of this column and post your comments immediately without reading a word.  Actually, who are we kidding — you didn't make it this far.  —  Everyone else, brace yourselves.  You may want small children to leave the room.
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.
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.
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Tax Break Nears End For Online Shoppers  —  Republican Governors, in Need of Revenue, Drop Opposition  —  Republican governors, eager for new revenue to ease budget strains, are dropping their longtime opposition to imposing sales taxes on online purchases, a significant political shift …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
How Google is becoming an extension of your mind  —  SAN FRANCISCO — It's time to think of Google as much more than just a search engine, and that should both excite and spook you.  —  Search remains critical to the company's financial and technological future, but Google also is using …
More: Guardian and eWeek
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
U.S. Venture Capital Has Its Biggest Quarter Since Dot-Com Days  —  U.S. venture capitalists put $8.1 billion into 812 deals in the second quarter of 2012, their single largest quarter in more than a decade, according to CB Insights.  —  It's clear factors like the greater American economy …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Sprint details full list of 15 cities with live LTE service  —  While Sprint may have turned on its LTE service a little early over the weekend, the carrier has officially announced the 15 total cities where users can get on its new network.  While we already knew about the main metropolitan areas …
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Samsung widens lead over Apple, says survey  —  Samsung appears to be widening its lead over Apple in the titanic battle over smartphone sales, according to a recent survey.  —  Analysts forecast that thanks to its flagship Galaxy S III, Samsung sold about 50 million smartphones in the second quarter, according to a survey by Reuters.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Largest BitTorrent Trackers Go Offline in Protest  —  OpenBitTorrent (OBT) and PublicBitTorrent (PBT) are two non-profit BitTorrent trackers running on the beerware licensed Opentracker software.  Neither service hosts or links to torrent files and both are free to use by all BitTorrent users.

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