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January 15, 2013, 12:25 AM

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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.
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
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.
Apple:
Wi-Fi + Cellular Models of iPad mini & Fourth Generation iPad Available in China This Friday  —  BEIJINGJanuary 15, 2013Apple® today announced the Wi-Fi + Cellular versions of iPad® mini and the new fourth generation iPad with Retina® display will be available in China on Friday …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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Lawrence Mower / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
If you lose your cellphone, don't blame Wayne Dobson … Wayne Dobson doesn't have your cellphone.  —  Even if it looks like he might.  —  In the past two years the 59-year-old retiree has been pestered by people showing up at all hours of the day and night at his house, demanding their phones.
Jesse Hicks / The Verge:
Not in my house: how Vegas casinos wage a war on cheating  —  The only way to win is to fight fire with fire  —  “I think most people feel that if you can find a way to beat the casino, more power to you,” says Arnold Synder, his eyes, those telltale features, hidden behind a pair of black sunglasses.
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 …
Maneesha Tiwari / Reuters:
Rogers to buy Shaw's Mountain Cable, spectrum licenses for C$700 million  —  (Reuters) - Rogers Communications Inc, Canada's largest mobile phone company, said it would buy Hamilton-based Mountain Cablevision Limited and some wireless spectrum licenses from Canada's Shaw Communications Inc for about C$700 million ($710 million).

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