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July 17, 2012, 11:30 AM

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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 …
Patricia Sellers / Fortune:
New Yahoo CEO Mayer is pregnant  —  Marissa Mayer, the Google (GOOG) executive who today was named Yahoo's (YHOO) new chief executive, is pregnant.  —  Mayer told Fortune exclusively that her first child is due October 7.  It's a boy!  —  “He's super-active,” Mayer told me in a phone call tonight …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Ten Questions for New Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer (This Won't Hurt a Bit!  Okay, Just a Little.)  —  Today will be Marissa Mayer's first day at Yahoo as its newest fearless leader.  —  Besides Yahoos sighing collectively at the prospect of yet another all-hands meeting to get a gander at their latest CEO …
Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Next iPhone Has Thinner Screen, Better Display Quality  —  HONG KONG—Apple Inc.'s next iPhone, currently being manufactured by Asian component makers, will use a new technology that makes the smartphone's screen thinner, people familiar with the matter said, as the U.S. technology giant strives …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
AT&T appears set to control and charge for FaceTime over Cellular in iOS 6  —  Like it does with the iOS Personal Hotspot feature, U.S. carrier AT&T appears set to control and charge for the iOS 6 FaceTime over Cellular feature.  This iOS 6 enhancement brings the formally WiFi …
Miguel Helft / Fortune:
Thiel vs. Schmidt: The fireworks fly  —  There wasn't much two of Silicon Valley's brightest luminaries could agree on.  —  FORTUNE — Has technology improved our lives over the past 30 years?  It depends who you ask — and some of Silicon Valley's biggest luminaries couldn't disagree more.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Serial hacker says latest Android will be “pretty hard” to exploit  —  Diagram showing attacker overwriting a return address with a pointer to the stack that contains attacker-supplied data  —  The latest release of Google's Android mobile operating system has finally been properly fortified with an industry-standard defense.
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Microsoft confirms 28 million PCs affected by browser ballot SNAFU, promises fix by the end of the week  —  You might remember quite some time ago when Microsoft had its hand forced within the EU to give a “Browser Choice Screen” (BCS) inside of Windows computers that had defaulted to Internet Explorer.
Alex Dobie / Android Central:
Instagram updated with Nexus 7 support, Flickr sharing  —  If you're among the lucky few to already be in possession of a Google Nexus 7, then you'll be pleased to see hear that the Instagram app for Android has been updated to support your new tablet.  The latest version 1.1.7 of Instagram …
Fox Business:
Motorola Xoom Tablet Doesn't Infringe iPad, Says German Court  —  A German court Tuesday ruled the Xoom tablet, made by Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Motorola Mobility, doesn't infringe on the design of Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) iPad, but it rejected a claim made by Motorola that the iPad's design patent is invalid.
More: CNET and Engadget
Harry McCracken / Techland:
Clamshell!  The Story of the Greatest Computing Form Factor of All Time  —  The Grid Compass, the first clamshell-case laptop computer  —  How do you tell if a new technology product is a brilliant breakthrough?  —  Listening to its creators doesn't work: Tech companies have an annoying tendency …
More: BuzzFeed and LiliputingTweets: @blam
Zack Whittaker / CNET:
Facebook engineer accidentally blocks Imgur, apologises on Reddit  —  When things go wrong on Facebook, they go disastrously wrong.  But one Facebook engineer faced the Web's wrath head on and mitigated a public relations disaster for the world's largest social network.  —  Follow @zackwhittaker
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Marc Andreessen Says Now's the Time to Build Companies Like It's 1999  —  Few people have the perspective of living and working in the tech industry that venture capitalist Marc Andreessen has.  Founder of the browser company Netscape and then of the software company LoudCloud …
More: TechCrunch
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Samsung buys CSR's mobile business for $310m  —  Struggling British chipmaker CSR is selling its mobile business to Samsung in a deal worth $310 million, in what appears to be the latest episode in the ongoing global patent war.  —  The company, which specializes in producing Bluetooth …
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
My Xbox LIVE app adds iPad support in 1.6 update  —  One mobile pillar at a time, or so seems Microsoft's approach to support for My Xbox LIVE.  The app, previously available as a remote control perk for Windows Phone, Android and iPhone users, has just seen a 1.6 update that brings …
Steve Peterson / GamesIndustry International:
Zynga Interview: Mark Pincus In Depth  —  Part one of a rare conversation with the man behind the #1 social gaming company … Q: I was at Zynga Unleashed, and while I realize that presentation wasn't aimed at investors Zynga's stock took a dip afterwards...
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Education startup Coursera partners with 12 new universities, raises $3.7M and hits 1.5M students  —  As we wrote back in April, there's no doubt that the Internet is revolutionizing education, as more and more companies continue to emerge and alter the way we learn.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Former Apple VP Bertrand Serlet Joins Board of Parallels  —  Former Apple Senior VP Bertrand Serlet, the longtime head of Apple's Mac OS software team who left the company last year is joining the board of directors at Parallels, the company said.  —  Serlet, who is often called the father …
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
“What The F*** Is iCloud?”  —  It's coming time for Apple users to pay their cloud storage dues.  One problem: a lot of them have no idea what that even means.  —  Over the last couple weeks, I've gotten multiple warnings from Apple that my iCloud storage is nearly full.
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic Online:
3 Charts That Show How Wikipedia Is Running Out of Admins  —  Very few people are being promoted into the humble, hard-working positions which make Wikipedia work.  —  Volunteer editing of Wikipedia is on a long decline.  The number of editors peaked in 2007 and has been falling since.
More: Gizmodo

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Queensland Government partners with Microsoft to bring Office 365 to 149,000 government employees  —  Queensland, the second-largest state in Australia, will partner with Microsoft to bring Office 365 …
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