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January 18, 2013, 6:55 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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Senator asks whether Justice tried to ‘make an example’ of Swartz  —  Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday demanding more information about the prosecution of Aaron Swartz, the co-creator of Reddit and Internet activist who killed himself last week.
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.

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