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July 17, 2012, 10:00 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 …
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.
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 office.com/preview.
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Rolling Out iCloud.com Email Addresses with iOS 6 Beta 3  —  With today's release of iOS 6 Beta 3 to developers, Apple has revealed in the update's change log that it is beginning the first stages of transitioning users from the me.com email addresses and Apple IDs available under MobileMe to new addresses using icloud.com.
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...
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
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
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 …
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
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
WAC Whacked: Telecom-Backed Alliance Merges Into GSMA, Assets Acquired By API Management Service Apigee  —  Apigee, the API management company that was most recently spotted powering that new “print to Walgreens” feature in half a dozen or so mobile applications, is now acquiring the technology assets of WAC …

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