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January 30, 2012, 9:05 PM

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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
All Change At Content Farm Demand Media: Three Of The Founders Are Out  —  Content farm Demand Media is known for churning lots of content through is sites, but today it's notable for another churn, of the executive kind: three of the people who helped found and build up the company are leaving.
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.
Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley:
Rep. Markey releases draft of cellphone privacy bill  —  Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) released a draft of a cellphone privacy bill on Monday in response to the controversy surrounding cellphone tracking software, Carrier IQ.  —  The Mobile Device Privacy Act would require companies to disclose …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Codecademy Becomes A Platform: Now Anyone Can Write Programming Tutorials  —  One of the most buzzed-about startups over the last few months has been Codecademy — a site that looks to make programming accessible to just about anyone, with a variety of interactive, web-based courses …
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 …
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.
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David Carr / Media Decoder:
At Sundance, Kickstarter Resembled a Movie Studio, but Without the Egos  —  One night last week there was a late-night party at Sundance — one of many — this one hosted by an outfit that had helped finance 10 percent of the festival's slate, 17 movies in all, including four that were in competition.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Apparently Veoh Isn't Dead Enough For Universal Music; Asks For Rehearing Of Its Bogus Copyright Lawsuit  —  One of the key examples of what happens when you have bad, overly draconian copyright laws that burden companies falsely accused of infringement is Veoh.
Paul Thurrott's / SuperSite for Windows:
Responding To Feedback, Microsoft Makes Changes To Windows 8 File Management  —  On last week's Windows Weekly, I raised a topic that I've been wondering about for some time: How much user feedback does Microsoft take into account while developing Windows 8?  After all, so much of the OS design seems to have been created in secret.
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Amazon unit may be moving into sporting goods  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's Quidsi unit may be getting into sporting goods, challenging retailers in this niche, including Dick's Sporting Goods, Hibbett Sports and Cabela's, analysts at Credit Suisse said Monday.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Topples HP for Lead in Q4 ‘Client PC’ Sales, Says Canalys  —  Market research firm Canalys this afternoon offers its update on the PC market in Q4, in which the firm groups together tablet computers such as Apple's (AAPL) iPad among “client PCs,” as they term it.
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Verizon Says More Than 600 Websites Used In Cybersquatting Scam  —  In a case that shines light on the world of professional cybersquatters, Verizon is suing a website and a domain name registrar that placed ads on hundreds of sites with Verizon-like names.  —  In a complaint filed …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
SnagFilms Grabs $7 Million to Share Indie Movies Online  —  It's easy to find blockbusters like “Transformers” online.  What about movies like “Casino Jack and the United States of Money”?  —  That's where SnagFilms comes in.  The start-up has distribution rights to more than 3,000 indie movies …
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
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