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January 14, 2013, 4:40 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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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.
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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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.
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.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
In battle for listeners, Audiobooks.com switches to Audible's pay-by-the-book model  —  A year after launch, Audiobooks.com is changing from an unlimited streaming audiobook offering to a subscription service that puts it in direct competition with the Amazon-owned Audible.com.
Laura June / The Verge:
America's first bookless public library will look ‘like an Apple Store’  —  Bexar County, Texas says that it will open the first 100 percent digital public library system in the country, unveiling plans for its first location this past week.  The plan has been in the works for a while …

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