January 18, 2013, 11:05 PM

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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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Mega Launches: Brilliantly Secure, But Not Anonymous  —  Mortal souls have to wait another day, but today members of the “press” were given an early look Megaupload's successor, Mega.  —  TorrentFreak was lucky enough to be one of the early-birds and here we report our findings.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Chris Morran / The Consumerist:
Dish Gives Itself The Award That CBS Stopped CNET From Giving  —  A week after CBS execs told the editors of CNET they could not give its Best Of Show award to Dish's Hopper DVR because the broadcaster is suing Dish over the device, their decision has backfired, with the satellite TV provider using …
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.
Lani Rosales / AGBeat:
Facebook private status updates made public by Storify  —  Private social media updates made public through Storify  —  Julie Pippert, Founder and Director of Artful Media Group, known speaker and communications expert shared with AGBeat how she discovered what she believes to be a flaw …
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 …
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:

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