July 19, 2014, 5:50 PM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snapchat Files Trademarks To Handle Payments  —  Snappay?  Snapchat may try to monetize by processing peer-to-peer payments, money transfers, or online payments, according to two trademarks it filed earlier this week.  Owned by Snapchat and filed on July 11th by an attorney at Cooley …
Ashlee Vance / Businessweek:
Amazon's Cloud Is One of the Fastest-Growing Software Businesses in History  —  Five billion dollars.  —  That's how much (AMZN) will rake in from its cloud computing business this year, according to a new estimate from Pacific Crest Securities.  If true, it's an incredible figure.
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Chance Miller / 9to5Google:
Google and Samsung's relationship continues to worsen, this time over wearables  —  According to a new report out of The Information, the already tense relationship between Samsung and Google has begun to worsen thanks to both of their own lines of wearables.
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
How warped incentives for Comcast's “retention specialists” lead to a vexing cancellation call  —  Here's why your Comcast rep is yelling at you  —  Warped employee incentives and an absence of competition make bad customer service inevitable  —  In 2006, a man named Vincent …
Evelyn Rusli / Wall Street Journal:
GitHub incident shows how rising startups often lack the HR support to deal with office imbroglios  —  Incident Shows How Rising Startups Are Often Ill-Equipped to Deal With Complex, Inter-Office Dynamics  —  One anonymous post turned the world of GitHub, a San Francisco-based software startup, inside out.
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Qplay, TiVo founders' service for streaming video playlists to TVs, shuts down six months after launch  —  Qplay, Internet Set-Top Startup Formed by TiVo Founders, Shuts Down  —  Qplay, the Internet video-device and app startup launched by the founders of TiVo, is closing its doors less …
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