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January 1, 2013, 5:45 AM

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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Sayonara, netbooks: Asus (and the rest) won't make any more in 2013  —  A five-year lifespan turned out to be all that netbooks got.  Acer and Asus are stopping manufacture from 1 January 2013 - ending what once looked like the future of computing  —  Sayonara, netbooks.
More: TIME, TechEye, Daring Fireball and GigaOMTweets: @tmaslen
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Techmeme's biggest (i.e. tallest) stories of 2012  —  Now that we've examined the year's trending terms, our final retrospectacular tour of 2012 examines the stories themselves.  On Techmeme, the biggest stories usually become the tallest stories as different angles of reporting and analysis pile up …
Tweets: @theromit, @fmanjoo and @mathewi
Aaron Ricadela / Bloomberg:
Hewlett-Packard Says It May Dispose of Units Not Meeting Targets  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) said it's evaluating the disposition of businesses that don't meet goals more than a year after Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman said she didn't plan to spin off the personal-computer division.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Samsung reportedly set to sell its first Tizen-based smartphone in 2013  —  The world will finally see the fruits of Tizen, the open sourced mobile operating system that has support from Samsung, DoCoMo, Vodafone and others, in 2013, according to a report from Japan's Daily Yomiuri …
Danielle Kucera / Bloomberg:
Amazon Apologizes for Christmas Eve Outage Affecting Netflix  —  Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) apologized for a Dec. 24 disruption in its cloud-computing services that hindered Netflix Inc. (NFLX) customers from watching movies, and said it is taking steps to prevent a recurrence.
Tom Eisenmann / Platforms and Networks:
Managing Startups: Best Posts of 2012  —  Here's my compilation of 2012's best posts about managing startups.  I assembled similar lists at the end of 2011, 2010 and 2009.  Many thanks to all of the authors.  The generosity of the startup community is amazing, and these insights are invaluable …
Tweets: @ericries
Associated Press:
Obama Signs FISA Warrantless Wiretapping Program Extension Into Law  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has signed into law a five-year extension of the U.S. government's authority to monitor the overseas activity of suspected foreign spies and terrorists.

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