February 4, 2012, 8:40 AM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Apple Kicks Chart Topping Fakes Out Of App Store  —  Temple Jump, Tiny Birds, Numbers With Friends.  These are not the apps you love.  They're fakes designed to scam you out of $1.99 when you go to buy Temple Run, Tiny Wings, or Words With Friends.  Today Apple took a stand against plagiarism …
Micron CEO Steve Appleton dies in airplane crash  —  Airport officials say the plane is described as an experimental fixed wing single engine Lancair.  The plane went down at about 8:58 a.m. Here's the full news release issued by the Micron Board of Directors: “We are deeply saddened to announce …
Micron Technology, Inc.:
Statement by Micron Technology Board of Directors  —  We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Appleton, Micron (Nasdaq:MU) Chairman and CEO, passed away this morning in a small plane accident in Boise.  He was 51.  —  Our hearts go out to his wife, Dalynn, his children and his family during this tragic time.
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Las Vegas: Startup City  —  Zappos founder Tony Hsieh is spending $350 million of his own to make Sin City a startup hub  —  The history of Las Vegas is full of determined men with outsize egos and grand plans.  There was Bugsy Siegel in the 1940s, envisioning a gambling mecca in the desert, away from the reach of law enforcement.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
What is the mystery “entertainment device” Google is testing?  —  Google is asking the Federal Communications Commission for permission to test a mysterious Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled “entertainment device,” in employees homes in four U.S. cities.  So inquiring minds want to know, what exactly is it?
David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
Zuckerberg's Big Tax Bill May Benefit Facebook  —  Few billionaires are willing to reveal much about their taxes.  —  But the Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has indirectly done so in the documents for his company's public stock offering later this year.
Amar Toor / Engadget:
Dropbox offers up to 5GB of free space to anyone willing to go beta  —  Here's some good news for all you Dropboxers out there: the company is offering a bundle of free storage space to anyone who tries the beta version of its new Experimental software.  It's really quite simple …
Canalys Newsroom:
Smart phones overtake client PCs in 2011  —  Canalys today released its full, detailed Q4 2011 country-level smart phone shipment estimates to clients, so completing the picture for the year.  One notable result was that total annual global shipments of smart phones exceeded those of client PCs (including pads) for the first time.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Bing — Which Has Deals With Facebook and Twitter — Finally Speaks on Social Search Controversy  —  While Google has endured criticism for biasing Google+ content in its new “Search Plus Your World” features, Bing has been surprisingly shy about pressing its social search advantage.
Mark Milian / CNN:
U.S. government, military to get secure Android phones  —  A U.S soldier checks his cell phone while on patrol in Iraq in December.  Smartphones are first being deployed to soldiers.  —  (CNN) — Some U.S. officials this year are expected to get smartphones capable of handling classified …

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