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January 30, 2012, 1:00 PM

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Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Apple Puts New Engineers On Fake Products Until It Can Trust Them  —  Apple is so obsessed with secrecy, it sometimes puts new hires on fake products until they can be trusted.  —  Adam Lashinsky reported this tidbit in his new book “Inside Apple,” and a former Apple employee confirmed …
Emi Kolawole / Washington Post:
Adam Lashinsky on peeling back Apple's skin  —  Adam Lashinsky's new book, “Inside Apple,” takes a peeler to the company, going beyond the legacy of Steve Jobs to analyze how a company with constantly moving walls and changing security checkpoints turned into a powerhouse for consumer technology innovation.
Aaron Smith / Pew Internet:
How Americans used their phones to assist with purchasing decisions this holiday season  —  Main Findings  —  How Americans used their phones to assist with purchasing decisions this holiday season  —  More than half of adult cell phone owners used their cell phones while they were in a store during …
Cade Metz / Wired Enterprise:
Meet Bill Gates, the Man Who Changed Open Source Software  —  The meeting took place a week before Bill Gates retired from Microsoft, and the topic was open source software.  —  It was the summer of 2008, and for years, the open source community had viewed Microsoft as public enemy number one.
More: GigaOM and Neowin.net
Daniel Wagner / Associated Press:
Feds: Megaupload User Data Could Be Gone Thursday  —  Federal prosecutors say data from users of Megaupload could be deleted as soon as Thursday.  —  U.S. prosecutors blocked access to Megaupload and charged seven men, saying the site facilitated millions of illegal downloads of movies, music and other content.
Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
Web Second, Mobile First  —  Fred Wilson wrote two posts in 2010 that were very influential with the startup community.  —  The titles were:  —  Mobile First, Web Second  —  Mobile First, Web Second (continued)  —  If you're in the minority that never read these posts - you should.
Heather Perlberg / Bloomberg:
Apple Fuels Hiring Amid Bubble 2.0 Concern  —  Hiring in the technology sector is gaining momentum.  —  Among U.S. technology companies with a market value of more than $100 million, almost 50 increased employment by more than half in the most recently reported two-year period, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Kayak's Web Site Takes Its Influence From Mobile for Its Latest Design  —  Travel comparison site Kayak.com has redesigned its Web site so it looks like its mobile app — not the other way around.  —  “We run the iPhone and iPad teams separately from the Web team, and the Web team had fallen behind …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Google, Facebook, Twitter Execs Grilled By UK MPs On Privacy  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) executives got a rough ride from a House Of Commons committee on Monday, when they declined to systemically filter law-breaking web pages from search results.  —  Associate general counsel Daphne Keller told …
More: WebProNews
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Buffalo Studios blasts Zynga for copying Bingo Blitz social game  —  Nimblebit drew some blood last week when the developer of Tiny Tower cast a stone at Zynga, via an infographic, for copying Tiny Tower in an upcoming mobile game called Dream Heights.  —  Buffalo Studios is using …
David Strom / ReadWriteWeb:
Blogging Declines Across the Inc. 500  —  A new longitudinal study at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth focusing on the online activities of the Inc. 500 has found a huge drop in the number of companies maintaining corporate blogs over the past year.
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
BlackBerry Under Siege in Europe  —  The iPhone has taken a big bite out of the BlackBerry in a market where the older phone once dominated: business customers in North America.  —  Meanwhile, in Europe, Samsung is poised to do the same to Research in Motion, BlackBerry's maker …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Interview: Tumblr founder David Karp  —  The chief executive of one of the fastest-growing startups on the internet says he lied about his age and experience to woo clients  —  David Karp, the founder of the blogging platform Tumblr, was 17 when he decided to cut the apron strings and move to Tokyo.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft Office 15 technical preview kicks off  —  Summary: Microsoft is making available to select testers the technical preview of Office 15 client, server and services as of January 30.  —  Microsoft is kicking off the technical preview for its Office 15 client, servers and cloud services today, January 30.
Wall Street Journal:
Upload King's Quiet Steps  —  Megaupload Ltd. founder Kim Dotcom, who flaunted his playboy lifestyle, became the public face of file sharing when he was arrested 10 days ago on charges of online piracy.  But one of his main rivals has preferred to keep a lower profile, largely staying …
Amar Toor / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy S Advance gets official: 1GHz dual-core CPU, Super AMOLED and Gingerbread  —  Samsung added a new star to its Galaxy universe today, with the release of the Galaxy Advance S. Powered by a 1GHz dual-core CPU, this handset boasts a four-inch, 480 x 800 Super AMOLED display …

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