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January 3, 2014, 10:35 PM

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Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Intel plans a CES coup: Android and Windows in the same computer  —  Dual OS could dilute Windows dominance, if Microsoft doesn't kill it first  —  The PC industry isn't doing so well.  Sales have dramatically slumped, despite the industry's efforts to tempt consumers with Windows 8 tablets and transforming touchscreen laptops.
Sam Biddle / Valleywag:
Snapchat CEO Won't Say Sorry for Hack  —  The $3 billion boy, Evan Spiegel, had a very good New Year's Eve.  He allegedly partied at a lavish L.A. company fete with Taylor Swift and coworkers, looking back on a meteoric 2013.  His millions of users, however, had their phone numbers stolen …
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Andreessen: Bubble Believers 'Don't Know What They're Talking About'  —  Venture Capitalist Discusses the Current State of Tech Investing  —  In a 2011 essay in The Wall Street Journal, venture capitalist and Internet pioneer Marc Andreessen predicted that software companies are …
Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
FISA Court Reauthorizes NSA Phone Metadata Collection  —  Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Friday reauthorized the National Security Agency's phone surveillance program, the Director of National Intelligence said in a statement.  The reauthorization order was not immediately available …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
DreamWorks partners with Fuhu, makers of children's tablet Nabi, to create DreamTab  —  A Tablet for Children That Comes With Its Own Penguins  —  GLENDALE, Calif. — DreamWorks Animation first captivated children in movie theaters.  Then it branched into TV, piping cartoons based on hits like …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
BlackBerry Sues Ryan Seacrest's Smartphone Keyboard Startup  —  BlackBerry, the struggling mobile device maker, filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Typo Products, the startup co-founded by Ryan Seacrest that has developed a smartphone keyboard attachment.
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Acer unveils two new sub-$200 Android tablets, a $1099 desktop, and an updated C720 Chromebook  —  Acer has unveiled several new Android-based devices that will be on display at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  —  In particular, the company announced the debut of two new tablets.
Gautham Nagesh / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Administration may ease hiring rules for tech specialists after HealthCare.gov fiasco  —  U.S. Weighs Tech Fixes After Health-Site Woes  —  Administration Considers Looser Hiring Rules, New Federal Unit … The Obama administration, stung by the failures of the HealthCare.gov rollout …
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Inside “the richest niche there is” — StockTwits announces new CEO, funding  —  Not everyone agrees that founders make the best entrepreneurs.  Exhibit A: Howard Lindzon has confirmed reports that he has “fired” himself as CEO of StockTwits and hired John Melloy, formerly of CNBC, as his replacement.
Tweets: @semil and @howardlindzon
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Record Companies' Lawsuit Against Vimeo Heads Towards Appellate Showdown  —  If the 2nd Circuit agrees to hear this copyright dispute, it could impact how employees of UGC sites interact with videos and whether popular websites carry pre-1972 music.  —  Barry Diller

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