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January 30, 2012, 4:25 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 …
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 …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple predicted to sell up to 40M iPhones on China Mobile, China Telecom in 2013  —  Investment bank Morgan Stanley believes Apple will partner up with both China Telecom and China Mobile “over the next year” to make its iPhone available on all three Chinese carriers, a move …
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Apple combats scalpers with new lottery system for iPhone reservations in Hong Kong  —  Apple has implemented an interested system to fight those pesky scalpers who spoiled a recent iPhone 4S launch in Mainland China.  A newly set up page on the Hong Kong Apple online store has a lottery system …
More: CNET, iLounge, The Next Web and iClarifiedThanks:@dujkan
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.
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.
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
Verizon shared data plans show up in employee training materials, still on track?  —  Verizon said it was working on a shared data solution for 2012, and according to an anonymous tipster, the new packages could be rolling out soon.  We've been told that training material for an update …
Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
Twitter could block super-injunction tweets  —  Twitter could bar British users from reading tweets that break future celebrity super-injunctions, a senior executive from the web firm has told MPs and Lords.  —  Ryan Giggs was named by tens of thousands of Twitter users as the holder of a super-injunction
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
Washington Post:
FDA staffers sue agency over surveillance of personal e-mail  —  The Food and Drug Administration secretly monitored the personal e-mail of a group of its own scientists and doctors after they warned Congress that the agency was approving medical devices that they believed posed unacceptable risks to patients, government documents show.
More: AllThingsD and Inquirer
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.
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 …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Facebook (Eye)PO: Tracking the Truth of the Biggest Deal of Web 2.0  —  As AllThingsD.com 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 …
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
The Real Story of How Dick Costolo Kicked Investors Off Twitter's Board  —  The dribs and drabs of news about the shakeup of Twitter's board last year has produced a confusing picture.  The message I was hearing from sources while I was out on maternity leave amounted to: “Nothing to see here.
Curt Hopkins / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Fires Kenya Lead Over Mocality  —  Google has reportedly fired its Kenya country manager, Olga Arara-Kimani, over a fraudulent use of Mocality's data.  —  Nairobitech reported: … Sponsor  —  Nelson Mattos, who had earlier made a statement expressing the company's mortification …
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Facebook: Over 5 billion songs have been shared since September's f8  —  Whether you like the idea of “frictionless sharing” or not, Facebook has made a strong case for the service on stage at the Midem conference.  Dan Rose, the VP of Partnerships for the company, says that over 5 billion songs …
Tristan Louis / TNL.net:
Streaming held back  —  Over the last couple of weeks, I've looked at availability of movies and TV shows that came out in the past year.  But what about movies that came two years ago?  Are those more available today than they were a year ago?  Let's look at the data.  —  2010: Box Office Winners availability
More: ReadWriteWebThanks:@tnlnyc

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