February 4, 2012, 1:40 PM

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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.
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Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Facebook chief faces tax bill of $1.5bn  —  Mark Zuckerberg faces a tax liability of more than $1.5bn this year, vaulting the Facebook co-founder into the leagues of all-time highest taxpayers and leaving a big question mark over his company's initial public offering.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Search Blog:
It's Not Whether Google's Threatened.  It's Asking Ourselves: What Commons Do We Wish For?  —  If Facebook's IPO filing does anything besides mint a lot of millionaires, it will be to shine a rather unsettling light on a fact most of us would rather not acknowledge: The web as we know it is rather …
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Accidental espionage: how iMessage conversations end up in the wrong handsets  —  Terrifying tales have surfaced recently of unsuspecting iPhone users that have had their private conversations swiped by thieves or intercepted by accident, and through our own independent test we've confirmed …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Windows Phone developer lead leaves for Amazon's Kindle team  —  Summary: Brandon Watson, head of developer experiences for Windows Phone, is the latest exec to leave the Microsoft's phone unit.  —  Brandon Watson, known to many Windows Phone developers as head of the WP Developer Experience, is leaving Microsoft for Amazon.
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.
Natalie Zmuda / AdAge:
Facebook Hires Former Levi's, Apple Exec Rebecca Van Dyck to Lead Marketing  —  As we saw in its IPO filing, Facebook does very little consumer marketing in a traditional sense.  But that may change: It's bringing on former Levi's and Apple exec Rebecca Van Dyck to head global marketing, according to people familiar with the matter.
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.

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