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* Meet Larry Kirschbaum, the former Time Warner Book Group head who now runs Amazon Publishing. Bloomberg Businessweek's Brad Stone profiles the man quietly leading the charge to build a new publishing empire one e-book author at a time. Also in Amazon-related news, the company announced the AWS Storage Gateway, computer-installed software that lets users connect to Amazon's storage cloud and safely transmit corporate data. (Bloomberg Businessweek and The New York Times)
* The New York Times continues its series of in-depth Apple-focused features, this time focusing on worker safety in Chinese manufacturing plants. (The New York Times)
* Whether you're already over that new iPhone 4S or simply sat this generation out, you may be interested in hearing how the iPhone 5 is shaping up. A Foxconn source tells 9 to 5 Mac that production of the iPhone 5 is gearing up. The new handset will reportedly feature a 4-plus inch screen and come longer and wider than previous version. (9 to 5 Mac)
* Netflix's fourth quarter earnings beat expectations with sales of $876 million, but it warns that its international expansion plans may mean little or no profit this year. The company also expects Amazon (AMZN) to launch a standalone video service with cheaper pricing. (All Things D)
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