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July 17, 2012, 2:55 PM

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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 …
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Marissa Mayer: A New Hope For Yahoo  —  Marissa Mayer becoming Yahoo's new CEO isn't just another story about another exec playing musical chairs and switching jobs.  —  There will be debates about whether or not Mayer is enough to save the troubled iconic company.  And debates about the wisdom of her decision.
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 …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Autodesk Buys Mobile Video Shooting Star Socialcam for $60M  —  Socialcam, the quick-growing mobile video start-up, has quickly found a buyer.  —  Autodesk, known for its CAD visual effects software, has agreed to buy Socialcam in a deal worth approximately $60 million, both companies said.
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.
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.
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.
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
3-D motion controller company Leap Motion scores former Apple VP as COO and President  —  San Francisco-based Leap Motion, which specializes in 3-D motion control software, has announced a significant hiring today.  Its new COO and President is former Apple VP and General Partner at Highland Capital, Andy Miller.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Piper Jaffray: 80 million iPhone 5 sales are already “in the bag”  —  In a survey of 400 consumers, 65% said they expected their next phone to be an iPhone  —  FORTUNE — In a note to clients issued Tuesday, Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster reported the results of his annual cell phone survey.
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
Zaarly Anywhere: buy anything you see online, custom made for you  —  Zaarly, the online marketplace where users find and hire talented local builders and artisans, is announcing a new “Zaarly Anywhere” initiative that allows any site to enable offline commerce from online content.
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 …
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 …
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, and who left the company last year, is joining the board of directors at Parallels, that company said.  —  Serlet, who is often called …
Artem Russakovskii / Android Police:
Exclusive: Want A Phablet On Verizon?  Here Is The Upcoming 5" VZW LG Optimus Vu [Photos]  —  If you were hoping to see a phablet device like the Samsung Galaxy Note on Verizon, Big Red's upcoming device is going to technically fit the bill.  Except instead of the enjoyable, well designed …
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
GM opens up OnStar with peer-to-peer car sharing service  —  The around 6 million subscribers to GM's OnStar connected car service can now rent out their cars to other drivers via a deal between the auto giant and peer-to-peer car sharing startup RelayRides.

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