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July 24, 2012, 12:30 AM

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Steven Levy / Wired:
Marissa Mayer Has a Secret Weapon  —  Everyone agrees that one of Marissa Mayer's most urgent tasks at Yahoo will be hiring great managers and product people.  Yahoo's talent pool has been reduced to puddles, as the best techies have gone elsewhere and promising newcomers have come down with colorblindness when it comes to purple.
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
Yahoo Employee Makes A HOPE Poster With Marissa Mayer's Face Instead Of Obama's  —  There are posters hanging on the walls of Yahoo's Sunnyvale headquarters.  They depict the company's new CEO, Marissa Mayer, in the style of Shepard Fairey's iconic “Hope” poster.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
VMware buys Nicira for $1.05 billion  —  VMware said Monday that it will buy Nicira in a deal valued at $1.05 billion in cash.  Nicira specializes in open source software for network virtualization.  VMware will also assume $210 million in unvested equity awards.  The deal is expected to close in the second half of the year.
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Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Amazon's mobile ambitions grow  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) plans to expand its mobile platform and broaden its offering of devices beyond e-readers and the Kindle Fire tablet, analysts, developers and retail partners said ahead of results next week from the world's largest Internet retailer.
David Barnard / App Cubby Blog:
The Sparrow Problem  —  We've all read stories about and been enthralled by the idea of App Store millionaires.  As the story goes... individual app developers are making money hand over foot in the App Store!  And if you can just come up with a great app idea, you'll be a millionaire in no time!
Reuters:
Exclusive: Apple, Samsung chiefs disagree on patent values - source  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook and top Samsung Electronic Co Ltd executives disagreed last week on the value of each other's patents at a settlement conference ahead of a high profile U.S. trial, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Joe Schneider / Bloomberg:
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
Why does the IT industry continue to listen to Gartner?  —  Summary: Another day, another provocative research report from Gartner, which has a long track record of spectacularly wrong predictions.  I've collected some of their greatest hits.  Er, misses.  —  Follow @edbott
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Hacker Will Expose Potential Security Flaw In Four Million Hotel Room Keycard Locks  —  Brocious demonstrating his unlocking tool on an Onity lock in a New York City hotel.  —  The next time you stay in a hotel room, run your fingers under the keycard lock outside your door.
More: The Verge
Vivek Wadhwa / Forbes:
The End of Chinese Manufacturing and Rebirth of U.S. Industry  —  There is great concern about China's real-estate and infrastructure bubbles.  But these are just short-term challenges that China may be able to spend its way out of.  The real threat to China's economy is bigger and longer term: its manufacturing bubble.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Referly Gets More Social, Launches API: Now Any Site Can Have A Referral Program  —  Some more developments for Referly, the Y-Combinator/500 Startups company co-founded by Twilio's ex-head of marketing, Danielle Morrill.  In what may be a hat-tip to the adept use of APIs at her former employer Twilio …
Ben Austen / Wired:
The Story of Steve Jobs: An Inspiration or a Cautionary Tale?  —  Soon after Steve Jobs returned to Apple as CEO in 1997, he decided that a shipping company wasn't delivering spare parts fast enough.  The shipper said it couldn't do better, and it didn't have to: Apple had signed a contract granting it the business at the current pace.
More: iPhone
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Fairfax Financial Doubles Down on RIM  —  Research In Motion's downward spiral has sent investors fleeing into the woods over the past year.  But not Prem Watsa's Fairfax Financial.  The Toronto-based investment firm has been quietly buying up shares in the beleagured BlackBerry maker for months now …
Ian Hardy / MobileSyrup.com:
4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook launching July 31st, will retail for $550  —  Here it is!  The much talked about launch of RIM's 4G LTE-enabled BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is upon us.  This tablet was originally announced back at Mobile World Congress in 2011, but subsequently delayed.

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Intel:
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