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January 14, 2013, 2:00 PM

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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 …
Tero Kuittinen / BGR:
The strange math of Apple's alleged massive iPhone 5 order cuts  —  The Sunday evening Wall Street Journal article claiming that Apple (AAPL) had cut its iPhone 5 display orders drastically for the March quarter made quite a splash.  The way WSJ wrote its piece seemed to support …
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Justice Department drops charges against Internet activist Swartz  —  The Justice Department dropped its charges against Internet activist Aaron Swartz on Monday, citing his death.  —  Swartz, who was facing computer hacking charges, hanged himself in his Brooklyn apartment on Friday.  He was 26.
Steven Musil / CNET:
Anonymous hacks MIT after Aaron Swartz's suicide  —  Hacktivist group defaces university pages after the school promises a full investigation into MIT's role in events leading up to the Internet activist taking his life.  —  Just hours after the Massachusetts Institute of Technology pledged …
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Cybersleuths Uncover 5-Year Spy Operation Targeting Governments, Others  —  An advanced and well-orchestrated computer spy operation that targeted diplomats, governments and research institutions for at least five years has been uncovered by security researchers in Russia.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Gartner Says Q4 PC Shipments Down 5% To 90.3M Units, HP Edges Out Lenovo, And Windows 8 Fizzles As Multiscreen Theory Fails To Materialize  —  If the huge profusion of mobile handsets, phablets and tablets on display at CES weren't enough of an indicator, we now have some numbers from Gartner …
New York Times:
Google Gains From Creating Apps for the Opposition  —  For many people, smartphone shopping comes down to a choice of Apple's iPhone or one powered by Google's Android software.  —  But now consumers can get an iPhone and fill it with Google.  —  Google has become one of the most prolific …
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
Samsung says Galaxy S III sales hit 40 million units as cumulative Galaxy S series sales top 100 million  —  After selling more than 30 million Galaxy S III handsets in just 150 days, the numbers were bound to add up fast.  Samsung (005930) on Monday confirmed that cumulative Galaxy S smartphone sales have now topped 100 million units.
Pete Norman / Sky News:
TweetDeck: Twitter's UK Firm Risks Closure  —  TweetDeck is used by Twitter ‘power users’ to utilise multiple accounts  —  One of Twitter's UK companies is at risk of being struck off over repeated failure to file accounts with the business regulator, Sky News can reveal.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
In battle for listeners, Audiobooks.com switches to Audible's pay-by-the-book model  —  When Audiobooks.com launched last January, the company had high hopes for a cloud-based streaming service that would let users listen to unlimited audiobooks for a monthly charge of $24.95.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Social Conversation Platform Branch Launches To Public, Encourages Users To “Write Like You Talk” With Shorter Thread Starters  —  Branch, a startup focused on enabling high quality public conversations on the web, is today launching to the public.  The company is notably backed by the Obvious Corporation …

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