Kids Get New Tablets Over the Holidays? Here’s How to Lock ’Em Down.

After $50 in Angry Birds purchases, I’m now the wiser.
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Acer Names Former Chip Exec as Third CEO in Two Months

Jason Chen previously worked for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. and Intel.
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Calxeda, Chipmaker That Sought to Bring ARM Chips to Servers, Has Shut Down

The company “ran out of runway.”
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Microsoft Director Says CEO Choice Will Not Be Made Until Early 2014

Over 100 choices to 20 to a handful to, well, who knows?
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Will Microsoft Name Its CEO Before the New Year? Weary Employees Hope for Even Sooner. (Poll)

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth — and a new leader.
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Qualcomm Taps Steve Mollenkopf, Rumored as Microsoft Successor, as Its Next CEO

The move comes a day after a news report said he was in the running to be the next Microsoft CEO.
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Dell and Red Hat Will Announce a Big Cloud-Computing Alliance Today

Doing for OpenStack what they did for Linux more than a decade ago. You know how that turned out.
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HP’s Whitman Emphasizes Enterprises, but Says PCs Aren’t Dead Yet Either

A more aggressive stance on price.
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Justice Department Investigating Dell Sales to Syria

The U.S. Department of Justice has been investigating possible sales of Dell computers to the Syrian government, the company said in documents released Monday.

Microsoft Looks to Woo Shoppers With $199 Tablet, 12 Days of Deals

In the first of the 12 daily deals, Microsoft will offer Dell’s Venue 8 Pro for a significant discount off its already fairly modest $299 price tag. The first 20 customers at retail stores will pay just $99.
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Siri Gets Serious, Microsoft Gets Its Mojo Back and Everything Gets Encrypted in 2014

Annual predictions for the year ahead in tech from analyst Mark Anderson.
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Dell Tablets at Bargain Prices

The Dell Venue 7 is a heck of a buy for a brand-name Android tablet, says Walt Mossberg, but if you can spare more money, you’ll get a better experience in a more expensive small tablet.
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AllThingsD Week in Review: Wearable Computing Comes to Clothes, and Yahoos Hate Yahoo Mail

The Top 10 stories that powered AllThingsD this week, in one convenient post.
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While Mulally/Nadella Remain the Favorites, Bates Is Silicon Valley’s Choice for Microsoft CEO

But is the affable Brit too charming to run the not-so-charming software giant?
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Dell Investors Line Up For Court Appraisal

Investors with claims on more than 47.5 million Dell Inc. shares have reserved the right to ask a judge to award them more than the buyout price, in the latest example of investors trying to use the courts to nab a better outcome in a deal.

HP Closes the Book on 2013, but 2014 Doesn’t Look Much Better

The turnaround at the computing giant is still ongoing, and going and going.
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IBM and Some College Students Aim to Simplify Data Center Disaster Planning

Switching over to backup systems, which usually takes hours, can now take minutes.
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Apprenda, Helping Big Companies Embrace the Cloud, Lands $16 Million

Old enterprise apps made new with a dose of cloud magic.
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“Caretaker” Mulally as CEO Remains Inside Bet at Microsoft, but Will a Dark Horse Emerge?

What train, plane or automobile will the new software giant leader be riding in on?
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The World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer Is Still in China

What the top American machine lacks in raw power, it makes up for in efficiency.
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Dell Loses Its First Senior Executive Since the Buyout

The first, but maybe not the first of many.
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Carl Icahn Now Owns about $2.5 Billion Worth of Apple Shares

Still agitating for a bigger buyback.
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Shane Robison Is Working on an Extreme Makeover at Fusion-io

A zero-to-hero story next year? One analyst thinks so.
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Latest Asus Hybrid Blends Power, Stamina for Bargain Price

The Asus Transformer Book T100 doesn’t look that much different from other Windows PC convertibles, but there are several reasons why it stands out.
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