July 20, 2014, 10:45 PM

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Rohin Dhar / Priceonomics Blog:
Sequoia Capital will likely earn more from investing in YC companies than YC  —  The Big Winner from Y Combinator's Success?  Sequoia Capital  —  Yesterday, Y Combinator's president, Sam Altman, that the seed investment firm had funded 716 companies that were currently valued collectively at around $30 billion.
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Author Earnings:
Study: 31% of ebooks sold on Amazon are self-published; DRM harms sales at all price levels  —  July 2014 Author Earnings Report  —  It has been nearly half a year since we first pulled data for nearly every ranked ebook on's thousands of category bestseller lists.
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Buzzfeed now receives more traffic from Pinterest than from Twitter  —  Nailed It: Buzzfeed Cracks The Pinterest Code  —  Buzzfeed is one of of the fastest growing media companies ever, with a monthly audience of 150 million and counting, thanks chiefly to its unmatched understanding of what people will read or share on Facebook.
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Edward Snowden Plans to Work on Privacy Tech  —  NSA leaker Edward Snowden says he plans to work on technology to preserve personal data privacy and called on programmers to join his efforts.  —  Speaking via a Google Hangout at the Hackers on Planet Earth Conference in New York …
Nitasha Tiku / Valleywag:
Product Hunt Founder Explains Why The Hell He Joined Y Combinator  —  Industry obsessives talk about Product Hunt—a leaderboard that lets members vote on new apps, devices, and other assorted technologies—with a sense of gratefulness.  Venture capitalists use its hand-picked daily list to find a diamond in the deluge.
Andy Baio / Medium:
How to fake flawless predictions for any sports event or election using social media  —  How to Flawlessly Predict Anything on the Internet  —  Spark conspiracies, incite riots, and predict the future with a confidence scam for the Twitter era  —  On Saturday, a Twitter account appeared …
WhyCry /
Report: Nvidia Shield Tablet ships July 29 in the US; $299 for 16GB Wi-Fi-only, $399 for 32GB with LTE, $59 for separate controller  —  NVIDIA extends SHIELD family with SHIELD tablet and wireless controller  —  Let's talk about SHIELD.  —  I'm a huge fan of SHIELD, it's such an amazing tv show.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Mobile carriers have kept profits high, even after moving away from charging for voice minutes  —  Mobile Carriers Charging Differently, but Still Finding Plenty of Ways to Make Money  —  A few years ago, cellular companies charged for each call their customers made and gave most of them unlimited data.

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