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January 3, 2014, 9:45 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 …
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.
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Basis Refreshes Its Fitness Tracker, Adds Improved Sleep Analytics  —  The quantified self movement has grown to the point where you could easily bedeck your limbs with thousands of dollars of tracking gadgets, and the race to measure your movement isn't going to end any time soon.
Jon Phillips / PC World:
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.
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.
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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 …
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.

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