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January 7, 2013, 12:05 AM

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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 …
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.
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.
Reuters:
Handset makers scurry to join Year of the Phablet  —  (Reuters) - Call it phablet, phonelet, tweener or super smartphone, but the clunky mobile phone - closer in size to a tablet than the smartphone of a couple of years back - is here to stay.  —  A surprise hit of 2012, it is drawing in more users …
Aimee Green / Oregonian:
Facebook argues to protect user content in Portland murder case  —  Facebook attorneys appeared in a Portland courtroom this week to fight what is becoming an increasingly common demand across the country: Turn over user content that lawyers say they need to defend clients accused of murder, robbery and other crimes.
More: TechCrunch
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: parislemon and Stephen BakerTweets: @jotach
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 …

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