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July 17, 2012, 3:10 PM

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Steven Levy / Wired:
The Ultimate Googler Is Yahoo's Ideal CEO  —  It was already 10:30 at night, after a very long day that had begun at the Great Wall of China.  A party of about 25 people had just finished a long meal at a restaurant chosen by Google's resident Beijing gourmet, Kai Fu Lee.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
The Truth About Marissa Mayer: She Has Two Contrasting Reputations  —  There are two views of former Google VP and new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer in the industry.  —  One is that she is a brand name product leader who played a crucial role in helping Google develop its most valuable business …
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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter Tweaks Tweetdeck: New Version Gets Better Column Management & Navigation  —  The Twitter-owned Tweetdeck application is being refreshed today, following a series of changes to the Twitter platform over the past couple of weeks, which have touched on everything from search and discovery …

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