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August 3, 2014, 12:25 PM

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Rebecca Flint Marx / San Francisco magazine:
The Toxic, Abusive, Addictive, Supportive, Codependent Relationship Between Chefs and Yelpers  —  For 10 years, the citizens reviewers of Yelp have showered restaurants with praise—and pummeled them with abuse.  Now chefs are showing the psychological effects.
New York Times:
Alibaba Is Investing Huge Sums in an Array of U.S. Tech Companies  —  Alibaba Group, the Chinese Internet retailer, is coming to America with its checkbook wide open.  —  In March, Alibaba made a $215 million investment in Tango, a messaging app.  It recently contacted Snapchat …
Yoree Koh / Wall Street Journal:
Share of Twitter users who don't use the official site or app, and thus don't see ads, grows to 14%  —  Twitter's User Problem: Fastest Gains Are People That Don't See Ads  —  Investors who drove up Twitter Inc. 's market value by more than $3 billion this week might want to read the fine print.
More: Quartz and PC MagazineTweets: @zseward
Cody Toombs / Android Police:
LG Issues G Watch Update In Response To Complaints About Corrosion And Skin Irritation  —  Reports began circulating over the last couple of days about an OTA update making its way out to owners of the LG G Watch, bumping the build number from KMV78V to KMV78Y.
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
HP study: 250 security flaws found in just 10 of the most popular smart home devices  —  The Internet of Things Is the Hackers' New Playground  —  Excited about the promise of the shiny new Internet of Things?  Good.  Because hackers are too.  Or at least they should be, according to a study by computing giant Hewlett-Packard.
Recorded Future:
Security researchers: Al-Qaeda changed encryption tech after Snowden leaks, prefers Android  —  How Al-Qaeda Uses Encryption Post-Snowden (Part 2)  —  Analysis Summary  —  Al-Qaeda (AQ) encryption product releases have continued since our May 8, 2014 post on the subject …
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
San Francisco Airport testing beacon system for blind travelers  —  App will tell visually-impaired travelers, and eventually everyone, what's around them at all times  —  San Francisco Airport is testing out location-aware beacons to help visually-impaired people navigate around …
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
Inside the stressed-out, time-crunched patent examiner workforce  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office complex in Alexandria, Va. (Photo by Larry Morris/ The Washington Post)  —  Every year, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office handles more than 500,000 new patent applications.
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Amazon Wants Cheaper E-Books.  But Should It Get to Enforce Prices?  —  In a short blog post meant to shed light on its contract dispute with the publisher Hachette, Amazon argued this week that its data proved that lower e-book prices were better for everyone in the market for books.
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
In 2010 a French court convicted Mt. Gox owner Mark Karpeles for fraud in absentia, sentence was a year in jail  —  Why the head of Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange should be in jail  —  While Mt. Gox owner Mark Karpeles was growing what would become the world's largest Bitcoin exchange …
More: ValleywagTweets: @arstechnica

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