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January 14, 2013, 8:50 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 …
Lindsey Turrentine / CNET:
The 2013 Best of CES Awards: CNET's story  —  The true story of what happened before last week's Best of CES Awards unveiling  —  Last week, about 40 members of the CNET editorial staff met in the CNET trailer in the parking lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center to vote on our official Best of CES winner.
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.
More: DailyFinance.com and ReutersTweets: @spencerchen
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
The Criminal Charges Against Aaron Swartz (Part 1: The Law)  —  The Internet activist Aaron Swartz has died from an apparent suicide.  Swartz was facing a criminal trial in April on charges arising from his effort to “liberate” the JSTOR database, and there has been a lot of commentary accusing …
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: Business Insider, TIME and GuardianTweets: @nikcub
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 …
Juro Osawa / Wall Street Journal:
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.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Chrome 25 beta launches with voice support and new tab page, now blocks silent extension installs  —  Mere days after releasing Chrome 24 for Windows, Mac, and Linux, Google on Monday announced the release of Chrome 25 beta.  Among the new features is voice support via the newly added Web Speech API …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft just teased the next Xbox at CES  —  More signs point to a future of augmented reality Xbox gaming  —  Microsoft didn't have a booth or even an official press event at the Consumer Electronics Show this year, but that didn't stop the company from jumping on stage twice.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Janrain Raises $33M From Salesforce, And Others For Social Log-In Management Platform  —  Janrain, a company that develops a social log-in management platform for developers, has raised $33 million in funding led by Millennium Technology Value Partners with Split Rock Partners, Epic Ventures …
More: Oregonian
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple Thunderbolt Display inventory dwindles, may hint at upcoming redesign  —  A number of resellers have run dry of Apple Thunderbolt Display inventory, suggesting the 27-inch monitor may be due for an upgrade, perhaps with a thinner design that takes cues from the latest iMacs.
Ben Kersey / The Verge:
BlackBerry 10 sees 15,000 app submissions in less than two days  —  RIM will be facing an uphill battle when it does eventually launch BlackBerry 10, but the company is making sure it'll have a healthy selection of apps from the get-go by incentivizing developers.
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Twitter's $1 Billion Target Helped by Turkey as IPO Nears  —  Turkish pop sensation Murat Boz is closing in on 2 million followers on Twitter Inc., a sign that the U.S.-based microblogging service is gaining popularity overseas as growth slows in its home market.
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 …
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.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
HP Memo Confirms Layoffs and New Directions at Autonomy  —  Hewlett-Packard just let employees in its Autonomy business unit know that there are going to be some layoffs and some further changes to the business, including a boost to research and development spending.
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 multi-year licensing agreements with both Turner Broadcasting and Warner Bros. Television Group.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft delivers updated test build of embedded Windows 8 for point-of-sale systems  —  Summary: Microsoft is updating its Windows embedded roadmap again this week at the National Retail Federation show.  —  At the National Retail Federation (NRF) show in New York City this week …
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?

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