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January 5, 2014, 9:45 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Lenovo's latest Miix 2 tablets use magnets to convert into a laptop  —  Lenovo has used the Consumer Electronics Show to showcase its latest Windows 8-inspired designs previously, and this year is no different.  The top PC maker is refining its Yoga range, but it's also taking a slightly different approach to detachable laptops.
Phil Libin / Evernote Blog:
Evernote CEO promises improved software quality, stability, and simplicity in 2014  —  On Software Quality and Building a Better Evernote in 2014  —  I got the wrong sort of birthday present yesterday: a sincerely-written post by Jason Kincaid lamenting a perceived decline in the quality of Evernote software over the past few months.
Felix Salmon / Reuters:
Netflix can't afford content you want, so it scours a limited library for things you may like  —  Netflix's dumbed-down algorithms  —  Alexis Madrigal has a rollicking investigation into Netflix's movie genres — all 76,897 of them, from category #1 (African-American Crime Documentaries) …
Owen Thomas / ReadWrite:
CBS Tests Twitter Rules By Placing Film Critic's Tweet In An Ad  —  On Saturday, the print edition of the New York Times carried a full-page ad for the movie Inside Llewyn Davis with a single tweet by A.O. Scott, a film critic for the newspaper.  —  While he tweeted the words of praise …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Square And Griffin Debut An Integrated Merchant Case And Holder For iPhones And Readers, Will Create More Accessories For Sellers  —  Last year, Square debuted Stand, a piece of hardware that turns a merchant's iPad into a card-swiping register.  The idea was to provide a simple and elegant …
Michael Calore / Wired:
LaCie Debuts Fuel, a Take-Anywhere Wireless Drive for Mobiles  —  Mac or Windows, Red Sox or Yankees, Bruce or Prince — no matter what our allegiances, we all have one thing in common.  We are all data-storage junkies.  We hoard 32GB USB sticks and we drool over Thunderbolt hard drives like they're sports cars.

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