July 17, 2012, 7:30 AM

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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 …
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.
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.
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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
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 …
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
Paul Maritz Out As VMware CEO And Mentioned As Candidate For Top Spot At EMC Or Cloud Foundry Spin Off  —  Paul Maritz is out as the CEO of VMware and will be replaced by EMC COO Pat Gelsinger.  —  Maritz spent four years at VMware.  It's uncertain what he will do but rumors have swirled all day about about his departure.
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.
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 …
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 …
More: and CNETThanks:@forrestkoba
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.
Tweets: @fmanjoo
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
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 …

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