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January 6, 2013, 7:25 PM

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Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Google says Maps redirect on Windows Phone was a product decision, and will be removed  —  Today, a Google spokesperson provided The Next Web with a statement indicating that the company intends to remove the redirect that it has in place for Windows Phone users who attempt to access the Google Maps product …
Sarah Silbert / Engadget:
Lenovo announces multi-user Horizon Table PC for $1,699 and up (video)  —  In addition to announcing some traditional all-in-ones today, Lenovo is introducing the IdeaCentre Horizon 27 Table PC.  It too is a full-fledged, battery-powered desktop, but it can collapse into table-top mode …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Reddit Rumored To Be Raising Money, At A $400 Million Valuation  —  Welcome to yet another Rumor Sunday™.  In 2011, Reddit was spun out of Conde Nast as a standalone company, but the publishing giant kept full ownership.  At the time, Peter Kafka of AllthingsD reported that Conde Nast …
Caleb Hannan / Business Week:
Dish Network, the Meanest Company in America  —  For 2012, the website 24/7 Wall St. determined that the worst company to work for in America was the Dish Network (DISH), the Englewood (Colo.)-based company that provides satellite TV to more than 14 million subscribers.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
HBO Renews Universal Deal Through 2022  —  HBO has renewed a pact with Universal Pictures, which will keep the studio's movies, like “Ted” and “Bourne Legacy” on the pay cable channel through 2022.  —  HBO, which normally plays up the value of its original productions like “Game of Thrones …
Gregory Ferenstein / TechCrunch:
Google's New Director Of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, Is Building Your ‘Cybernetic Friend’  —  World-renowned artificial intelligence expert and Google's new Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, wants to build a search engine so sophisticated that it could act like a ‘cybernetic friend,’ who knows users better than they know themselves.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Lenovo to split into Lenovo Business Group and Think Business Group, effective in April  —  Lenovo's done pretty well since its acquisition of IBM's personal computer business in 2005, but in an internal e-mail earlier today, CEO Yang Yuanqing admitted that despite some attempt …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Vizio refreshes its PC lineup: all new models have touchscreens, quad-core CPUs  —  When Vizio entered the PC market last year, we weren't gushing about its computers, per se, but we found ourselves rooting for the company anyway: for all it got wrong (flaky trackpads, poor battery life), it did a lot of things right.

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