January 30, 2012, 8:37 AM

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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 …
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.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
DreamHost's Unhappy January Continues: First, A Database Breach, Now An Outage  —  DreamHost has been having a rough couple weeks.  The low-cost hosting provider and domain name registrar found some unauthorized activity in its databases back on January 20th, which they later admitted …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Windows Phone ‘Tango’ could support over three times as many languages, native code coming?  —  It's widely understood that the next major release of Windows Phone — codenamed Tango — will significantly expand the platform's support for internationalization, in part by driving the hardware requirements downmarket.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Facebook (Eye)PO: Tracking the Truth of the Biggest Deal of Web 2.0  —  As wrote two weeks ago it would be — Facebook is close to filing its documents for a long expected public offering that is on track take place in late May.  —  The Wall Street Journal said last week …
David Carnoy / CNET:
Report: New Nook coming this spring  —  Barnes & Noble will reportedly be adding to its Nook lineup in the next few months.  —  The New York Times today published a long piece about Barnes & Noble taking on Amazon in the “fight of its life.”  Buried in the middle of the two-page article …
David Strom / ReadWriteEnterprise:
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.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Will Google have to start a patent war to get $9bn of value from Motorola?  —  The financial performance of handset, tablet and set-top box maker Motorola suggests that it won't add $12bn (including $3bn of cash) in value to Google's business.  But how can Google possibly earn its money back from patents?
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.

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