January 19, 2013, 1:15 AM

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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.
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 …
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Opera Ice: New browser for Android and iPhone coming February uses WebKit (video)  —  EXCLUSIVE: Mobile and tablet versions set for MWC  —  Opera Software, the company behind the popular browser of the same name, will launch a new smartphone and tablet browser called Opera Ice in February, Pocket-lint can exclusively reveal.
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 …
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 Heath / ZDNet:
'We thought we'd sell 1,000': The inside story of the Raspberry Pi  —  Summary: The $35 Linux Raspberry Pi computer has sparked a coding revolution.  Here's the inside story of the Pi, from its inspiration and development to its plans for the future.  —  Nick Heath
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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.
Sue Dremann / Palo Alto Online:
Jobs' home burglar receives seven-year sentence  —  Kariem McFarlin was arrested last year for burglarizing home of famed Apple co-founder  —  Kariem McFarlin, the man who burglarized the home of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, was sentenced to seven years in state prison by a Santa Clara …
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 …
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 …

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