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January 14, 2013, 4:30 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Legal Case Strained Troubled Web Activist  —  Just days before he hanged himself, Internet activist Aaron Swartz's hopes for a deal with federal prosecutors fell apart.  —  Two years ago, the advocate for free information online, who was known to have suffered from depression …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
MIT Responds to Death of Activist Aaron Swartz, Begins Internal Investigation  —  Two days after Internet activist Aaron Swartz took his own life, the President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has issued a public response and will launch an internal investigation looking …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Micah Allen / Neuroconscience:
Juro Osawa / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Cuts Order for iPhone Parts on Weak Demand  —  Apple Inc. has cut its component orders for the iPhone 5 due to weaker-than-expected demand, people familiar with the situation said Monday.  —  Apple's orders for screens for the January-March quarter, for example, have dropped to roughly half …
More: CNET and iClarified
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
WSJ: Demand For The iPhone Is Weak And Apple's Cutting Orders  —  The Wall Street Journal is reporting tonight what just about every analyst has already said: Apple is cutting iPhone parts orders.  —  The Journal's explanation for the cuts is pretty simple: “Apple has cut its component orders …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
What Facebook Should Be Building  —  Facebook has a big launch event on Tuesday.  Here are nine things I think it may be working on, or at least should be.  We've heard tips that some of these are already in development and may be released soon, while the rest could fill big holes in Facebook.
Tweets: @stevekovach and @joshconstineThanks:@alexia
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Messenger For iPad, One More Thing Facebook Could Be Unveiling On Tuesday  —  Take a look at that “reach friends wherever they are now” image to the left.  What's missing between the iPhone and the laptop?  Ding ding ding!  You're right!  A tablet.  —  Okay, I'm sure it was obvious.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Oracle ships Java 7 Update 11 with vulnerability fixes, increased security level for Java applets  —  After announcing a fix was coming just yesterday, Oracle on Sunday released Java 7 Update 11 to address the recently disclosed security vulnerability.  If you use Java, you can download …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Samsung: How the Korean firm got to be the biggest tech company in the world  —  Consider the phablet.  Back in 2011, when Samsung first unveiled the Galaxy Note—a 5.3-inch smartphone that was big enough to be a minitablet, hence the ugly portmanteau—the world's tech pundits couldn't stifle their giggles.
More: TechCrunchTweets: @om
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Nokia's Low-End Asha Is Outselling Lumia Two to One  —  Earlier this week, Nokia pre-announced its financials for the fourth quarter of 2012, telling investors to prepare for better than expected results.  The big reasons for the upside surprise: The strong performance of Nokia's Devices …
More: Neowin
Rebecca Greenfield / The Atlantic Wire:
Why Amtrak's New Wi-Fi Upgrade Won't Fix Amtrak's Terrible Wi-Fi  —  Amtrak has announced plans to test an upgrade of its notoriously inconsistent onboard Wi-Fi to faster 4G networks, but because the fix still uses Wi-Fi from a wireless company on a moving train, the best commuters can hope …
More: The Verge

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