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July 20, 2014, 1:15 AM

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John Napier Tye / Washington Post:
Meet Executive Order 12333: The Reagan rule that lets the NSA spy on Americans  —  In March I received a call from the White House counsel's office regarding a speech I had prepared for my boss at the State Department.  The speech was about the impact that the disclosure …
Ashlee Vance / Businessweek:
Amazon's Cloud Is One of the Fastest-Growing Software Businesses in History  —  Five billion dollars.  —  That's how much Amazon.com (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.
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 …
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Kindle Unlimited: worth it if you buy 12+ books/year and find the limited catalogue appealing  —  Is Kindle Unlimited worth it?  —  Some things to think about before you sign up for Amazon's latest service.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)  —  Amazon.com introduced a new subscription service, Kindle Unlimited, on Friday.
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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Frank Konkel / GovExec.com:
How the CIA's $600M deal with Amazon Web Services will enable 17 federal agencies to cooperate  —  How the CIA Partnered With Amazon and Changed Intelligence  —  National Reconnaissance Office in Chantilly, Virginia Trevor Paglen  —  The intelligence community is about to get the equivalent of an adrenaline shot to the chest.
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 …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Starbucks will let customers place pickup orders via mobile app in one test market this year  —  Starbucks Has Bigger Plans in Mobile Payments Than Most People Realize  —  A decade after the idea was first sketched on the proverbial drawing board, Starbucks is poised to finally let its customers order their coffees from their phones.

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