July 20, 2012, 9:30 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 …
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.
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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.
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.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Apple's new iPad launches in China with short queues and no chaos  —  Apple product launches in China are renowned for being chaotic and rowdy but today the company began selling its new iPad in the country under rather unusual circumstances.  Instead of being greeted by massive queues …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Facebook testing new Pinterest-inspired design for app stories in News Feed  —  Facebook appears to be testing a layout for Open Graph app stories that is similar in design to Pinterest, with boxes for individual items that allow Likes, comments and other app-specific actions.
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 …
Killian Bell / Cult of Mac:
19% Of iOS Apps Access Your Address Book Without Your Permission... Until iOS 6 [Report]  —  Antivirus software specialist Bitdefender has found that nearly 19% of iOS apps access your address book without your knowledge — or your consent — when you're using them, and 41% track your location.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Carriers Reportedly Testing Nano-SIMs for Apple Ahead of Next-Generation iPhone Launch  —  Following a report earlier this week claiming that European carriers have been stockpiling new nano-SIM cards in expectation of Apple using the smaller card in the next-generation iPhone …
Trevor Gilbert / PandoDaily:
Pincus Considering Opening San Francisco Startup Incubator  —  Tonight at the PandoMonthly fireside chat between Mark Pincus and Sarah Lacy, Pincus dropped a little bit of a bombshell on the local San Francisco startup community.  Pincus shared that he is considering opening a new startup incubator space in a building that he owns.
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