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January 30, 2012, 2:50 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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Kayak's Web Site Takes Its Influence From Mobile for Its Latest Design  —  Travel comparison site Kayak.com has redesigned its Web site so it looks like its mobile app — not the other way around.  —  “We run the iPhone and iPad teams separately from the Web team, and the Web team had fallen behind …
Heather Perlberg / Bloomberg:
Apple Fuels Hiring Amid Bubble 2.0 Concern  —  Hiring in the technology sector is gaining momentum.  —  Among U.S. technology companies with a market value of more than $100 million, almost 50 increased employment by more than half in the most recently reported two-year period, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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: Inquirer and News Desk
David Strom / ReadWriteWeb:
Blogging Declines Across the Inc. 500  —  A new longitudinal study at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth focusing on the online activities of the Inc. 500 has found a huge drop in the number of companies maintaining corporate blogs over the past year.

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