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July 14, 2014, 9:50 AM

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Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
Behind the post-acquistion evolution of Instagram, which says 25% of users use Direct monthly  —  Instagram is ready to take its shot  —  The photo-sharing social media service has a fast-growing, hyper-engaged user base that advertisers love.  Now it just needs to figure out how to make money for corporate parent Facebook.
More: Daily DotThanks:@uking3
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 …
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Nadella's broad-based memo to employees lacked specifics, foreshadows organizational changes  —  Microsoft's New CEO Needs An Editor  —  Satya Nadella's latest message to the troops - and to the world - is disquieting.  It lacks focus, specifics, and, if not soon sharpened …
Benj Edwards / The Atlantic Online:
How an enthusiast is trying to rebuild Prodigy, the online service that shut down in 1999  —  Rebuilding Prodigy, one screen at a time  —  Rebuilding Prodigy, one screen at a time  —  Michael Doino approached the late hours of October 1, 1999, with a lingering sense of dread.
More: GizmodoTweets: @benjedwards
Kevin Roose / New York Magazine:
Does Anyone Outside Silicon Valley Even Want a Smartwatch?  —  Nearly every big tech company is betting on them in unison.  —  In the past week, I've been called “Inspector Gadget” twice, had a near-calamitous accident involving spray-on sunblock, and felt my arm vibrate so often I started treating it as a phantom limb.
Tweets: @karaswisher
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Samsung suspends business with China supplier following child labor accusation  —  Korean company finds evidence of “illegal hiring process”  —  Last week watchdog China Labor Watch published an investigation into Samsung's supply chain that found evidence of child labor at the Shinyang Electronics factory in Dongguan, China.
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
How Internet Providers Get Around War Zones  —  Internet disruptions wreak havoc on global economies.  Avoiding them is dangerous, but lucrative.  —  Via dyn.com  —  In January 2008, something sharp — mostly likely an errant ship anchor — sliced into two underwater cables …
Tweets: @jimcowie
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: VatorNews and Beyond SearchTweets: @markterbeek and @pkafka
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Accuses Chinese Executive of Hacking to Mine Military Data  —  Man Charged With Industrial Espionage Targeting Boeing, Other Defense Contractors  —  WASHINGTON—The Justice Department has charged the owner of a Chinese aviation technology company with stealing reams of information …

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