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July 20, 2012, 11:50 AM

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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
“Yes, Keep Moving”: Marissa Mayer's First Memo to Yahoos (Natch! )  —  While I might abandon my internal memo-quest at Yahoo at some point soon, I wanted to make sure to post the very first one from newly installed — and extraordinarily well-paid — CEO Marissa Mayer.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
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.
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.
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Where's Azure, and 4 other takeaways from Microsoft's earnings  —  For all of Microsoft's huge investment in the Azure cloud computing platform, there was scarcely mention of the multi-billion-effort on Thursday's fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012 earnings call.  Here are the top five takeaways from the call.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Kayak shares pop 14% to $30.10 in first trade (and climbing), online travel firm valued at $1b+ in IPO  —  The stock of online travel site Kayak.com just commenced trading on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol KYAK.  At its public debut, the share price promptly soared more than 14 percent to $30.10 …
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.
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.
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.
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 Perera / fiercegovernmentit.com:
Bipartisan Policy Center task force urges wiretap law restrictions removed  —  A committee of mostly former national security officials criticized current wiretap law for preventing Internet service providers from monitoring traffic transiting their networks for cyber threats.
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Kayak Software Raises $91 Million, Prices IPO Above Range  —  Kayak Software Corp. (KYAK), the online travel company, raised $91 million in its initial public offering, pricing the shares above its proposed range.  —  The company sold 3.5 million shares at $26 each, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
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.
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 …

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