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January 18, 2013, 8:15 PM

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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Fortune's top 100 employers for 2013: Google first, Microsoft #75, Apple and Facebook don't make it  —  Fortune on Thursday released its list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2013, and some of the results are surprising.  While it's not exactly shocking to see Google in first place …
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.
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:
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 expensive $200 it the beginning of February.
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 …
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Nike launches the Nike+ API developer portal ahead of its startup accelerator in March  —  Sports footwear and apparel giant Nike has opened its Nike+ API developer portal, providing teams with the tools and resources they need to combine the popular Nike+ fitness metrics with their own profile and activity data.

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