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January 3, 2017, 8:40 AM

Top News

Mark Spoonauer / Laptop Mag:
Dell's XPS 13 2-in-1 starts at $1K, has compact fanless design, fingerprint reader, support for optional stylus, and decent battery life of about 8.5 hours  —  Pros / Most compact 2-in-1 with 13-inch screen; Comfortable keyboard; Vibrant InfinityEdge display; Impressive audio …
Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:
Lenovo launches VR-ready Legion gaming notebooks and the $129 Alexa-powered Smart Assistant speaker, updates Thinkpad X1 workstations and Miix detachables  —  Channeling its inner gamer who simultaneously wants a smarter home.  —  LAS VEGAS—Lenovo prepared a few surprises for its CES lineup.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Qualcomm inadvertently reveals ASUS ZenFone AR, Tango-enabled and Daydream-ready, and powered by Snapdragon 821  —  Qualcomm has inadvertently published a press release today about the yet-to-be-announced ASUS ZenFone AR.  Billed as the world's first device to be both Tango-enabled and Daydream-ready …
Matthew Humphries / PC Magazine:
Researchers: ID codes printed on boarding passes, luggage tags for ~90% of flights let hackers access travelers' personal info, steal reservations, more  —  Booking a flight has become a simple process thanks to the Internet, and once you have flights secured you can relax, right?
Jemima Kelly / Reuters:
Bitcoin jumps above $1,000 for first time in three years  —  Digital currency bitcoin kicked off the new year by jumping above $1,000 for the first time in three years late on Sunday, having outperformed all central-bank-issued currencies with a 125 percent climb in 2016.
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Twitter's managing director for Greater China, Kathy Chen, leaves after 8 months  —  Kathy Chen follows others out the door of the social communications company.  —  Twitter lost yet another top exec with the departure of Kathy Chen, its managing director in Greater China.
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Security Without Borders project launches to help journalists and activists with cybersecurity by connecting them with volunteer group of InfoSec professionals  —  Some hackers have lost their way.  Today, countless techies have entered the for-profit cybersecurity business …
Agence France-Presse:
French law requiring companies to give workers a “right to disconnect” from work-related messages after work hours now in effect  —  From 1 January, workers have ‘right to disconnect’ as France seeks to establish agreements that afford work flexibility but avoid burnout

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
Testing a datacenter under the sea  —  Envisioned to be resilient and self-sustainable, Project Natick enters a new research phase off the Scottish coast.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
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