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January 15, 2013, 5:40 AM

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Tim Wu / News Desk:
How the Legal System Failed Aaron Swartz—And Us  —  Tomorrow is the funeral for Aaron Swartz, the programmer and sometime activist who killed himself last Friday, while facing federal trial.  No one knows, or will ever really know, what caused Swartz to take his own life.
Tweets: @mollywood and @sarawinge
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.
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:
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
More: The Verge and AllThingsDTweets: @digiphile
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
More: TechEye and MacNN
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.
More: CNET
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.

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Microsoft:
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Atlassian:
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Zoho Blogs:
Intuit lobbies against small businesses  —  With tax day behind us, small businesses across the country can finally move on to enjoying the warmth of spring.  Unfortunately, the tax system has grown increasingly complex and burdensome for small businesses.
Silicon Valley Bank:
Strengthening the U.S. Innovation Economy by Ending Abusive Patent Litigation  —  In Silicon Valley Bank's Innovation Economy Outlook 2014 survey, we asked executives what they see in today's patent system …
 

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