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July 20, 2012, 10:40 AM

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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Mayer to Get Close to $60 Million (And Maybe More) in Overall Compensation for Yahoo's Top Job  —  Yahoo revealed in a regulatory filing that it could be paying its new CEO Marissa Mayer a total of close to $60 million to turn the company around.  —  The mega-sum includes salary, equity grants …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
DirecTV and Viacom deal brings MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and the rest back on the air  —  After a week or so of increasingly contentious negotiations Viacom and DirecTV have come to some sort of agreement, returning the missing channels to satellite TV subscribers as of... now.
Bloomberg:
Viacom Is Said To Get Over $600 Million A Year From DirecTV  —  Viacom Inc. (VIAB) will get more than $600 million a year from DirecTV (DTV) in programming fees under their new seven-year agreement, up at least 20 percent from the previous terms, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said.
Brian Proffitt / ReadWriteWeb:
Don't Believe the Doomsayers: Microsoft's Q4 Results Are Good News  —  Despite notching its first-ever quarterly loss, Microsoft's fourth-quarter results beat analyst expectations, giving the software giant some breathing room as it heads into a year of major change.
More: parislemon and MarketBeatTweets: @cdixon
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Mike Lennon / SecurityWeek:
Apple Yanks Privacy App From The App Store  —  Apple Pulls Bitdefender's ‘Clueful’ Privacy App From The App Store  —  Back in May of this year, Internet security firm Bitdefender launched an App and service designed to help iOS users get a grip on what the apps installed on their mobile devices may be up to.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Here are the latest whisper dates for Microsoft's Windows Phone 8, Office 2013  —  Summary: What's the latest scuttlebutt on Microsoft's fall slate of product and services due out this fall?  —  Follow @maryjofoley  —  As we've known, or at least suspected, for a while now …
Dalton Caldwell:
Fred Wilson is wrong about “Free”  —  Fred Wilson is one the smartest, most genuine people in the tech business.  He has a huge fan club that he has earned by being radically transparent and consistently engaging in public debate.  I have emailed with him a few times over the years …
Sharon McBrayer / Hickory Daily Record:
Apple building new, smaller data center in Maiden  —  Site plans gives details of construction, more potential growth  —  MAIDEN, NC — In addition to the world's largest private fuel cell installation and solar farm, Apple Inc. is building a new, smaller data center on its Maiden campus.
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Google nabs $12B for Q2, including a tidy billion from new subsidiary Motorola  —  Google has just released the details of its second-quarter earnings: $12.21 billion in total consolidated revenue, around $1.25 billion of which came from Motorola Mobility, now officially owned by Google.
Joel Falconer / The Next Web:
World's first Android Jelly Bean carrier rollout halted due to emergency call problem  —  The expected rollout of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to handsets on the Vodafone Australia network has been delayed as the update is not up to Australian regulatory requirements related to emergency calls.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Test Firefox OS on a desktop computer with new B2G nightly builds  —  The Firefox OS home screen running in the B2G nightly on Mac OS X  —  Mozilla is creating a new kind of mobile operating system that is aligned with standards-based Web technologies.  The platform, called Firefox OS …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Begins Testing Sponsored Results, Its First Search Typeahead Ads  —  Heads up, Google.  Facebook is testing a new format of search ads called Sponsored Results that lets advertisers show ads in the Facebook search typeahead to users looking for a particular Page, app, or Place.
Gray Knowlton / The Microsoft Office Blog:
Using the new Office with touch  —  Editor's note: Windows 8 provides a number of platform capabilities for enabling highly responsive touch support in applications, ranging from hardware accelerated graphics and improved touch targeting to the a new app platform that makes it easy to build touch-optimized Windows 8-style apps.
David Kravets / Wired:
California Starts Up a Privacy Enforcement Unit  —  Watch out, Silicon Valley, there's a new startup in town and its gunning for you.  California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Thursday she's created a unit intended to actually enforce federal and state privacy laws.
Felix Salmon:
Is Kickstarter selling dreams?  —  My theory, when it comes to buying lottery tickets, is that if you have disposable income to spare, then often the dreams and fantasies that accompany your lottery ticket purchase are in and of themselves worth $1.  This is true not because dreams and fantasies …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
YouTube restores Obama videos, refuses to explain takedown policies  —  Four YouTube videos that had apparently been taken down earlier this week due to dubious copyright claims by the music publisher BMG Rights Management have once again become available to American audiences.

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