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July 16, 2012, 9:35 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.
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.
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 …
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.
More: CNET and TUAW
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: InfoWorld, GigaOM and eWeek
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.
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.
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.
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: ZDNet and The Tech TradeThanks:@om
New York Times:
Apple May Meet Tablet Competition With a Smaller iPad  —  The tech companies are at it again — trying to catch the blockbuster iPad in a race to win the tablet market.  —  Google on Friday began shipping its Nexus 7, which is smaller and less expensive than Apple's iPad …
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Zadara Storage raises $7M to speed up Amazon's & Rackspace's clouds (exclusive)  —  Cloud startup Zadara Storage has completed a $7 million first round of funding, cash that should help get the word out about its service that gives you much more control over the public cloud.
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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