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July 16, 2012, 4:20 PM

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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:
Microsoft Office 2013 preview: details, screenshots and impressions  —  It's been about three years since Microsoft unveiled a new version of Office, and particularly with Windows 8 just months away from dropping, the software has been well overdue for an upgrade.
Joanna Stern / ABC News:
Office 2013: Redesigned for Tablets, Skype Integration, Cloud Connectivity  —  Microsoft's been all about trading in tradition for change with Windows 8, and the next version of Microsoft Office is following suit.  Today, Microsoft previewed the next version of its Office, which includes Microsoft Word …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Office 2013 drops support for Windows XP and Windows Vista  —  Microsoft is introducing the Consumer Preview version of its Office 2013 suite today, but the latest software will only work on Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs.  The software maker has decided to drop support for its Windows XP and Windows Vista customers.
DealBook:
Google's Marissa Mayer Tapped as Yahoo's Chief  —  Marissa Mayer, one of the top executives at Google, will be the next C.E.O. of Yahoo, making her one of the most prominent women in Silicon Valley and corporate America.  —  The appointment of Ms. Mayer, who was employee No. 20 at Google …
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Releases iOS 6 Beta 3 to Developers  —  Apple today released the third beta of iOS 6, the company's next-generation mobile operating system set to launch “this fall”, presumably alongside new iPhone hardware in the September-October timeframe.  —  The third beta, which arrives as Build 10A5355d …
New York Times:
Apple May Meet Tablet Competition With a Smaller iPad  —  The tech companies are at it again — trying to catch the blockbuster iPad in a race to win the tablet market.  —  Google on Friday began shipping its Nexus 7, which is smaller and less expensive than Apple's iPad …
Caroline Gaffney / LinkedIn Blog:
Introducing a Simpler Homepage  —  Millions of you are coming to LinkedIn everyday to discover and discuss what matters most to your professional life.  And today, we've started to roll out a simpler and easier way to navigate Homepage experience that offers quick access to the relevant information …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Apple Store overnights happening July 24.  Mountain Lion launch the next day?  —  We've heard a few whispers (3 and counting) that Apple Stores both in the United States and overseas have planned overnights for Tuesday, July 24th.  With OS X Mountain Lion launching “in July”, according to Apple …
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Skype confirms ‘rare’ bug that sends messages to unintended contacts, promises fix soon  —  Only a handful of Skype users have reported this problem over at the support forum, but what they're complaining about is pretty hair-raising.  They say that, following an update in June …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple begins bid to block in-app purchasing flaw, but service remains operational (for now)  —  Apple has begun taking steps to limit the impact of a flaw in its iOS in-app purchasing mechanism that allows iDevice owners to download free in-game content, but despite its initial efforts, the service remains operational.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
An iPad Lover's Take On The Nexus 7  —  Trolls, feel free to skip to the bottom of this column and post your comments immediately without reading a word.  Actually, who are we kidding — you didn't make it this far.  —  Everyone else, brace yourselves.  You may want small children to leave the room.
Hilton Romanski / Cisco Blog:
Cisco Acquires Virtuata  —  Cisco is pleased to announce that it has acquired privately held Virtuata.  Based in Milpitas, Calif., Virtuata provides innovative capabilities for securing virtual machine level information in data centers and cloud environments.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
MSNBC.com Renamed to NBCNews.com as Microsoft and NBC Divorce  —  On Sunday night, MSNBC.com did something that successful Web sites almost never do: it renamed itself.  —  The site became NBCNews.com, signifying the end of a relationship between NBC and Microsoft that dates back to the earliest days of the commercial Web.
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Tax Break Nears End For Online Shoppers  —  Republican Governors, in Need of Revenue, Drop Opposition  —  Republican governors, eager for new revenue to ease budget strains, are dropping their longtime opposition to imposing sales taxes on online purchases, a significant political shift …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
How Google is becoming an extension of your mind  —  SAN FRANCISCO — It's time to think of Google as much more than just a search engine, and that should both excite and spook you.  —  Search remains critical to the company's financial and technological future, but Google also is using …
More: eWeek
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
U.S. Venture Capital Has Its Biggest Quarter Since Dot-Com Days  —  U.S. venture capitalists put $8.1 billion into 812 deals in the second quarter of 2012, their single largest quarter in more than a decade, according to CB Insights.  —  It's clear factors like the greater American economy …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Novell Antitrust Suit Against Microsoft Sputters to a Close  —  Eight years after it was first filed, Novell's antitrust suit against Microsoft finally appears to be nearing its end.  —  A federal judge on Monday granted Microsoft's motion to dismiss the suit, which claimed …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Allegation: Kickstarter Is Still Hiding Data About Failed Projects  —  Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has come in for a lot of plaudits for creating a new platform on which to fund startups.  Certainly, since the passing of the U.S. Jobs Act earlier this year, crowdfunding is about to have its day in the sun.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Sky's pay-as-you-go online Now TV service launches tomorrow on PC, Mac and Android  —  We knew that BSkyB was launching its pay-as-you-go Internet TV service this summer, but the exact details around the launch, including the date, weren't known until now.  —  At a launch event in London today …
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Samsung widens lead over Apple, says survey  —  Samsung appears to be widening its lead over Apple in the titanic battle over smartphone sales, according to a recent survey.  —  Analysts forecast that thanks to its flagship Galaxy S III, Samsung sold about 50 million smartphones in the second quarter, according to a survey by Reuters.
Roger Yu / USA Today:
From Airbnb to TaskRabbit to Zimride, sharing is becoming big business  —  The nation is in a sharing mood — and start-ups are capitalizing on it.  —  Americans with heaps of stuff, skills and time are connecting online with tech-savvy and early adopters eager to share and rent homes …
Emil Protalinski / ZDNet:
New Yahoo app vulnerability explains Android spam  —  Summary: After a Microsoft engineer claimed an Android botnet is sending out spam from Yahoo accounts, Google denied the allegations.  Now a newly discovered vulnerability in the Yahoo Mail app for Android explains how an attacker …
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