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January 1, 2013, 8:00 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.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iOS 6's ‘Do Not Disturb’ Not Shutting Off Automatically on New Year's Day  —  iOS 6 users who use Apple's scheduled “Do Not Disturb” feature may find that their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch hasn't automatically disabled the feature on New Year's morning.  —  The issue was reported on Whirlpool forums as well as our own MacRumors forums.
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.
Scott Shackford / Hit & Run:
Why Are People More Scared of Facebook Violating Their Privacy than Washington?  —  This morning, Matt Welch took note of the Senate's bipartisan effort to stop amendments to the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 that would make the domestic surveillance program more transparent and require compliance with the Fourth Amendment.
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

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