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January 30, 2012, 3:40 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 …
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.
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
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Obama Campaign Is Now Using Mobile Payments Device Square For Fundraising  —  The latest technology to be adopted by the Obama campaign—Square.  The mobile payments device is now being used by the Obama for fundraising, says the company.  Staff, fundraisers and others are being equipped …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Curebit apologizes for theft, but leaves something out  —  Curebit co-founder Allan Grant has posted a public apology to 37signals for stealing its design and code.  —  Social-referral startup Curebit made the admittedly boneheaded mistake of ripping off design and assets from 37signals …
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.
More: GeekWire and TechFlash
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Columbia J-School and Stanford Eng Nab $30M Joint Gift for Media Innovation From Helen Gurley Brown  —  In an unusual gift, Helen Gurley Brown has given Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and Stanford University's School of Engineering $30 million to create a bi-coastal Institute of Media Innovation.
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.

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