January 15, 2013, 8:10 AM

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Marcia Hofmann / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
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.
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.
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
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 …
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.
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Worry Over Sales Spurs Talk of Cheaper iPhones  —  By now, most of the world knows what an iPhone is — and they know it typically doesn't come cheap.  —  That is the problem Apple faces.  Analysts say it must decide whether to keep catering to the high end of the phone market …
Tero Kuittinen / BGR:
New York Times:
California to Give Web Courses a Big Trial  —  A plan to offer an array of online college classes at a California state university could, if the students are successful, open the door to teaching hundreds of thousands of California students at a lower cost via the Internet.
Scott Cleland / The Daily Caller:
What if Microsoft exited the search business?  —  Amazingly, most everyone totally ignores a linchpin competitive assumption when they talk about search competition and Google's antitrust liabilities - that Microsoft will always be a competitor in the search advertising business.
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Fortunes of Facebook May Hinge on Searches  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Nearly a year after it announced its bid to go public, Facebook is confronting the ultimate burden of the information age: how to help its users find what they are looking for amid the billions of pictures, “likes” and status updates they post every day.
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Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Belgian consumer group sues Apple over its ‘misleading and illegal’ warranty policy  —  Belgian consumer protection organization Test-Aankoop yesterday filed a lawsuit (Dutch) against Apple for not respecting local laws on warranties.  —  All Apple hardware comes with a one-year limited commercial warranty …
Marco Tabini / Macworld:
How Apple sets its prices  —  Comparison-shopping for new electronics can be fun and addictive.  With a bit of patience, some luck, and an eye for good deals, you can find everything from TV sets to hard drives at a significant discount.  In fact, in our economy, discounts …
David Kravets / Wired:
Megaupload's Entrapment Claim is ‘Baseless,’ Feds Say  —  Megaupload's contention that the authorities entrapped the now-shuttered file-sharing service is “baseless,” the government said in a new court filing.  —  The brouhaha concerns part of the government's rationale to seize Megaupload domains …
Ki Mae Heussner / GigaOM:
An Ivy education without the debt?  Minerva Project creates non-profit to figure out how  —  The Minerva Project, which turned heads last April with its mega $25 million seed round, has grand ambitions for bringing a Harvard-level education to the Web.  But there are two aspects …
Amar Toor / The Verge:
New MySpace opens to the public alongside new Justin Timberlake single  —  MySpace this week quietly opened up its redesigned site to the public.  The so-called “New MySpace” entered internal beta testing in July, and was previewed in September.  Thus far, however, it has only been accessible …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo's Chief Information Security Officer Departs — With More Top Execs Under CEO Scrutiny  —  Yahoo's Chief Information Security Officer Justin Somaini (pictured here) has left the company, according to sources.  —  It's not clear why the top security risk exec has departed the Silicon Valley Internet giant.

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