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July 13, 2014, 3:20 PM

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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Inside Amazon's pricing war with Hachette, which is making some publishers and authors anxious  —  Amazon, a Friendly Giant as Long as It's Fed  —  Vincent Zandri hails from the future.  He is a novelist from the day after tomorrow, when Amazon has remade the worlds of writing, printing …
David Carr / New York Times:
Hulu receives exclusive rights to stream South Park immediately after broadcast and entire back catalog in deal worth $80M+  —  Hulu to Stream ‘South Park’ as More Players Jostle for Online Rights  —  While the media moguls in Sun Valley, Idaho, jockeyed for parking spaces for their jets …
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Snapchat tests collaborative ‘Our Story’ feature with all users for the World Cup final  —  Surprise Snapchat experiment shares stories from the World Cup final  —  Snapchat may be best known for its “ephemeral” messaging, but the company is experimenting with a new way to share live events.
Reuters:
Exclusive: YouTube weighs funding efforts to boost premium content - sources  —  (Reuters) - YouTube has embarked on a new round of discussions with Hollywood and independent producers to fund premium content, two sources with knowledge of the talks told Reuters, a move that could bolster …
More: Beyond SearchTweets: @pkafka
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Inside Dark Wallet: two crypto-anarchists' user-friendly system for anonymous Bitcoin transactions  —  Waiting for Dark: Inside Two Anarchists' Quest for Untraceable Money  —  Amir Taaki and  —  Cody Wilson are cruising north through Texas on Interstate 35 in the 4:30 am predawn darkness.
More: The Verge and Gigaom
TechCrunch:
Curated Food Delivery Startup Caviar In Talks To Be Acquired By Square For $100 Million  —  Curated food delivery startup Caviar is in talks to be acquired by Square in a deal that could be worth at least $100 million, according to several sources.  While we've heard the deal is slated …
Tweets: @alex and @danprimack
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple China denies location tracking claims: we're ‘deeply committed to protecting the privacy of all our customers’  —  This past week, Chinese State TV called the iPhone a “national security concern” because of its location tracking capabilities.  The iPhone's operating system utilizes location …
Brandon Bailey / Mercury News:
Google expands in San Francisco: leases office space at 1 Market Street, buys 8-story building at 188 Embarcadero  —  Google expanding its San Francisco offices  —  Google is expanding its already sizable presence in San Francisco by leasing space in one office tower and buying another on the Embarcadero …

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