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January 3, 2014, 7:00 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 …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
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 “Madagascar” and “How to Train Your Dragon” into homes through outlets like Nickelodeon and Netflix.
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.
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.
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 …
More: The Hill
Christina Bonnington / Wired:
Vine Sprouts Its 6-Second Mayhem on the Web  —  Vine, Twitter's looping 6-second video app, is making the leap from mobile to the webtoday.  —  Unlike some mobile services like Instagram, Vine's web existence isn't just a pretty way to view your Vines in a browser.
John Siracusa / Hypercritical:
Apple's 2013 Scorecard  —  At the beginning of last year, I posted a list of things Apple can and should do during 2013.  It's time to settle up.  Because I'm feeling scholastic, I'll give a letter grade to each item.  —  Ship OS X 10.9 and iOS 7.  Done and done, with only a few minor bumps in the road.
More: AppleInsider and Daring FireballTweets: @gruber and @siracusa
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
AT&T Hits Back at T-Mobile with Up to $450 in Credits for Switchers  —  Over the past year, T-Mobile US has been shaking up the U.S. carrier market with its “Un-carrier” plans, the addition of the iPhone to its device lineup, and a frequent device upgrade program, enticing several …
Jon Phillips / PC World:
Wearable tech at CES 2014: Prepare your body parts for an onslaught of options  —  Wearable technology.  It's an exploding product category in desperate need of a category-defining product.  And now, with the Consumer Electronics Show upon us, we get to see whether some company, any company …

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