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January 30, 2012, 10:20 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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Farewell, Yahoo Apps, We Hardly Knew Ye: Deals, News Plus Eight Others Gone  —  Looks like new CEO Scott Thompson is wasting little time starting to get Yahoo's house in order: just a few weeks into the new CEO's tenure, the internet company is pulling support for 10 of its less-popular mobile apps.
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.

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