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January 14, 2013, 4:15 PM

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Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Exclusive: CBS forced CNET staff to recast vote after Hopper won ‘Best in Show’ at CES  —  The Dish Network's Hopper wasn't simply in the running: it had actually taken the top prize  —  On Friday, news broke that CNET had been forced by its parent company CBS to remove the Dish Network's Hopper set-top box …
Bloomberg:
Dell Said to Be in Buyout Talks With Private-Equity Firms  —  Dell Inc. (DELL), the personal-computer maker that lost almost a third of its value last year, is in buyout talks with private-equity firms, two people with knowledge of the matter said.  The shares surged.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Dell Considers Going Private, Again  —  Shares of computer and IT company Dell are soaring and were briefly halted on word of a report by Bloomberg News that the company is in talks to go private.  —  Bloomberg's chatty banker sources say that Dell is in talks to do a deal with at least two private equity firms.
Juro Osawa / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Cuts Orders for iPhone Parts  —  Apple Inc. has cut its component orders for the iPhone 5 due to weaker-than-expected demand, people familiar with the situation said Monday.  —  Apple's orders for screens for the January-March quarter, for example, have dropped to roughly half …
Tero Kuittinen / BGR:
The strange math of Apple's alleged massive iPhone 5 order cuts  —  The Sunday evening Wall Street Journal article claiming that Apple (AAPL) had cut its iPhone 5 display orders drastically for the March quarter made quite a splash.  The WSJ piece seemed to support the original Nikkei claim …
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Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Justice Department drops charges against Internet activist Swartz  —  The Justice Department dropped its charges against Internet activist Aaron Swartz on Monday, citing his death.  —  Swartz, who was facing computer hacking charges, hanged himself in his Brooklyn apartment on Friday.  He was 26.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Aaron Swartz, Asking For Help, 119 Days Ago  —  Nik Cubrilovic points out that people were significantly less enraged by Aaron's legal troubles just a few months ago. … Apparently Swartz wasn't able to make a direct plea for help: … That's probably why the request for funds didn't include much information.
More: SlateTweets: @nikcubSee also Mediagazer
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Cybersleuths Uncover 5-Year Spy Operation Targeting Governments, Others  —  An advanced and well-orchestrated computer spy operation that targeted diplomats, governments and research institutions for at least five years has been uncovered by security researchers in Russia.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Gartner Says Q4 PC Shipments Down 5% To 90.3M Units, HP Edges Out Lenovo, And Windows 8 Fizzles As Multiscreen Theory Fails To Materialize  —  If the huge profusion of mobile handsets, phablets and tablets on display at CES weren't enough of an indicator, we now have some numbers from Gartner …
New York Times:
Google Gains From Creating Apps for the Opposition  —  For many people, smartphone shopping comes down to a choice of Apple's iPhone or one powered by Google's Android software.  —  But now consumers can get an iPhone and fill it with Google.  —  Google has become one of the most prolific …
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Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Netflix Signs Multi-Year Licensing Agreement With Turner Broadcasting And Warner Bros. Television  —  Netflix isn't all about movies, as you know.  The company has been adding more television to its on-demand service and today announced multiyear licensing agreements with both Turner Broadcasting and Warner Bros. Television Group.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Samsung says Galaxy S III sales hit 40 million units as cumulative Galaxy S series sales top 100 million  —  After selling more than 30 million Galaxy S III handsets in just 150 days, the numbers were bound to add up fast.  Samsung (005930) on Monday confirmed that cumulative Galaxy S smartphone sales have now topped 100 million units.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YC-Backed Photo-Sharing Service PicPlum Loses One Co-Founder To Twitter, Development To Continue In Other's “Spare Time”  —  Is this the beginning of the end for PicPlum, the Y Combinator-backed photo-sharing and printing startup that debuted back in the summer 2010?
Ben Child / Guardian:
John McAfee movie in the works  —  Film rights to strange story of technology maven and his flight to Guatemala bought by Warner Brothers  —  Hollywood is to bring the bizarre story of technology pioneer John McAfee, who fled his luxury home in Belize after his neighbour was found murdered, to the big screen.

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