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July 17, 2012, 7:50 PM

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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 …
Steven Levy / Wired:
Big Tech: The Ultimate Googler Is Yahoo's Ideal CEO  —  Marissa Mayer begins her new job as Yahoo's CEO today.  Photo: marcusnelson  —  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 …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why Marissa Mayer may not be a good fit for Yahoo  —  In a bombshell announcement that sent shock waves through the entire technology sector, former Google executive Marissa Mayer has become the new chief executive officer of Yahoo:the fifth CEO the faded web giant has had in five years.
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 …
Intel:
Intel Reports Second-Quarter Revenue of $13.5 Billion  —  Intel Corporation today reported quarterly revenue of $13.5 billion, operating income of $3.8 billion, net income of $2.8 billion and EPS of $0.54.  The company generated approximately $4.7 billion in cash from operations …
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.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Yahoo reports Q2 revenues of $1.22 billion, earnings of $0.27 per share  —  Today Yahoo reported its second quarter financial performance.  The firm had revenues of $1.22 billion in the quarter, and diluted earnings of $0.27 per share.However, after all factors were considered, revenue was $1.1 billion.
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Designing the Windows 8 touch keyboard … When we began planning how touch and new types of PCs might work on Windows 8, we recognized the need to provide an effective method for text entry on tablets and other touch screen PCs.  Since Windows XP SP1, which had Tablet PC features built in …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft reveals upcoming Office for Windows Phone 8 features  —  Microsoft has revealed the look and feel for its future Office for Windows Phone 8 software today.  In a company blog post, Microsoft's John Jendrezak details some of the upcoming features, improvements, and interface changes.
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 …
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.
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.
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Firefox 14 rolls out: Google searches default to HTTPS, OS X Lion users get fullscreen support  —  The changes in Firefox 14 may not be quite as immediately noticeable as those in the recently released Firefox 13, but they're still fairly notable nonetheless.
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Users Targeted By Spam, Possible Address Leak To Blame?  (Update: Dropbox Sees Outage)  —  Some Dropbox users have begun reporting that their accounts are under attack from spam, but what's more troubling is that, in select cases, the spam is hitting accounts where users claim …
Reuters:
Facebook shares slide as user growth in question  —  (Reuters) - Shares of Facebook Inc (FB.O) fell about 1 percent on Tuesday, extending the previous day's losses after an investment analyst reported a decline in U.S. users for the No. 1 social network.  —  Capstone analyst Rory Maher …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
LivingSocial Launches E-Commerce, a Business Worth $200 Million a Year  —  Today, LivingSocial officially announced its first foray into selling physical products.  —  LivingSocial Shop is similar to the company's original business, in that it will send an email to consumers, offering a limited set of products at a discount.
Deborah Gage / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Jerry Yang Leads New Funding Round for OpenBucks  —  Individual angel investors generally don't take leading roles in providing new institutional funding rounds for start-ups, but OpenBucks broke that tradition.  —  The Mountain View, Calif.-based financial services start-up raised $4.8 million …
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.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Even Obama Is A Pirate: BMG Issues New Takedown On Original Obama Singing Al Green Clip  —  Wow.  So earlier today, we wrote about how BMG issued a takedown on the new web-based ad put out by the Romney campaign, which included a brief clip of President Obama singing Al Green's “Let's Stay Together.”
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
StyleTap brings its Palm OS emulator to Android, only asks for $50  —  Chrome?  Who cares, give us Blazer!  For those of you who just can't let go of your legacy Palm OS apps, StyleTap has been delivering emulation software to salve your woes since about 2005.
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Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Google patents Project Glass motion-based theft detection, locks up if it feels ‘unnatural’ movement  —  We know that you're never gonna take your Google glasses off, but if some nefarious lout feels differently, the boys and girls in Mountain View's X lab have got you covered.

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