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January 6, 2013, 8:20 PM

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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 …
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.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
The future of USB 3.0 coming mid-year with data speeds doubling to 10Gbps  —  The USB 3.0 Promoter group today announced development of an updated USB 3.0 specification that will offer double the data performance of existing devices, with max speeds reaching 10Gbps.
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.
Stephen Baker / New York Times:
Can Social Media Sell Soap?  —  ONE morning in mid-December, Pope Benedict XVI gazed down on an iPad and composed his first tweet.  From a marketing perspective, it was about time.  While the pontiff had been issuing his traditional encyclicals online, other world leaders were venturing further, onto Facebook and Twitter.
More: Stephen BakerTweets: @jotach
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 …

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