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January 18, 2013, 6:25 PM

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Reuters:
Exclusive - Japan's Sharp curbs iPad screen output as Apple manages demand shift-sources  —  (Reuters) - Sharp Corp has nearly halted production of 9.7-inch screens for Apple Inc's iPad, two sources said, as demand shifts to its smaller iPad mini.  —  Sharp's iPad screen production line …
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
LG's Optimus G Pro revealed in leaked image with 5-inch 1080p display, 3,000mAh battery and LTE  —  LG's Optimus G won the hearts of our reviewers, while finding the barely-different Nexus 4 is a feat worthy of a mythological hero.  A tipster has sent us the above leaked slide …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Facebook Cuts Off Access to Voxer Over Competition Concerns  —  Facebook is facing allegations from a small rival that the service is acting decidedly antisocial.  —  Mobile communications service Voxer tells AllThingsD that Facebook has cut off access to the company's social graph over competitive concerns.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Is Cutting Off Find Friends Data To “Competing” Apps That Don't Share Much Back, Starting With Voxer  —  Facebook is getting stingier about giving data to startups that don't share content back to it.  At least, that's how it's describing its decision to cut off a voice messaging app …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Kim Dotcom's Mega Opens For Early-Access Users, Reveals Pricing Tiers, Roadmap With Mobile Access, IM, Office-Style Features  —  Leading up to the launch of Kim Dotcom's latest effort, Mega, today the company opened the site up to its first early-access users.
David Meyer / GigaOM:
Why Nokia's 3D-printing move embraces the future  —  Nokia has just done something pretty unusual: it's invited its users to effectively tailor an element of its smartphone hardware to their individual needs.  —  As a Friday present for its more enterprising fans, the Finnish firm announced …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Google to Wall Street: You've Got Our Q4 Numbers Wrong  —  Here's one you don't see every day: Google telling Wall Street analysts that their estimates are too high.  —  Google issued the heads-up this morning, via a blog post on its investor relations page, ahead of Q4 earnings on Tuesday.
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
After a year in the grave, can SOPA and Protect IP return?  —  CNET asked the leaders of the congressional committees that write U.S. copyright law, plus the groups that backed the controversial legislation a year ago, to tell us what will happen next.  —  It was one year ago today …
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Windows 8 Pro upgrade pricing will jump from $40 to $200 on Feb. 1  —  Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system is about to become a lot more expensive.  An upgrade of Windows 8 Pro will go from costing $40 in a promotional offer to a much more costly $200 at the beginning of February.
Robert McMillan / Wired:
Google Declares War on the Password  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — Want an easier way to log into your Gmail account?  How about a quick tap on your computer with the ring on your finger?  —  This may be closer than you think.  Google's security team outlines this sort of ring-finger authentication …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
“Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Scheme Affects Some Businesses, Public WiFi Forbidden  —  A week ago TorrentFreak had the honor to reveal the full details of Verizon's implementation of the upcoming “copyright alerts” system.  —  In short, the Internet provider will notify customers whose accounts …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Harper's publisher says Google's ‘toddler gibberish’ is driving us into insanity  —  Google and the social web generally has been reasonably criticized for taking advantage of the people who create content (whether professionally or not) or those who distribute it, like ISPs.
Ryan Faas / CITEworld:
Samsung is building its own Android platform for the enterprise  —  As RIM tries to reinvent itself with BlackBerry 10 and Microsoft tries to gain a secure foothold in the smartphone market with Windows Phone, we're often told that one of those two platforms will emerge as the eventual third platform …
Zach Honig / Engadget:
Amazon quietly introduces Kindle rentals for US readers, bases prices on duration  —  Think you can finish a 168-page novel in a month?  It might pay to opt for Amazon's new Kindle rental feature, now available on an incredibly limited number of titles.  A few options published …

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