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August 9, 2014, 6:55 PM

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Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon responds to “Authors United” with letter encouraging authors to email Hachette's CEO  —  Amazon Aims at Publisher Hachette's CEO in Contract Dispute  —  Calls on Authors to Email CEO, Pressure Him to Agree to Terms  —  Amazon.com Inc. stepped up the war of words …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
We tested Secret's anti-bullying system... and it failed  —  Anonymous messaging app Secret has been under fire almost since the day it launched, with some critics arguing that it enables cyber-bullying.  Company CEO David Byttow responded earlier this week with a Medium post about how Secret …
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Carmel DeAmicis / Gigaom:
Meet the anonymous app police fighting bullies and porn on Whisper, Yik Yak, and potentially Secret  —  The biggest threat facing new anonymous social networks is their own users.  Cyberbullying and sex could fell apps like Whisper, Yik Yak, and Secret, which is why they're turning …
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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Hacker Redirects Traffic From 19 Internet Providers to Steal Bitcoins  —  Among all the scams and thievery in the bitcoin economy, one recent hack sets a new bar for brazenness: Stealing an entire chunk of raw internet traffic from more than a dozen internet service providers, then shaking it down for as many bitcoins as possible.
Forbes:
What It's Like Raising Money As A Woman In Silicon Valley  —  Editor's note: We don't publish many anonymous pieces on Forbes.com, but this compelling first-person account of sexism in the startup world merits an exception.  I met the author several months ago and was floored by the stories …
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
CBS will produce new shows for streaming services, says CEO Moonves  —  Coming to the Internet: Shows From CBS That You Won't See on CBS  —  CBS is working on shows that you won't see on CBS.  Instead, the plan is for you to see them on the Internet, via video services like Netflix or Amazon's Prime Instant Video.
Matt Martin / VG247:
Twitch responds to criticism with appeal button on VODs flagged for audio copyright violations, removes highlight time limit  —  Twitch deploys appeals button, admits “we screwed up”  —  Twitch is deploying an appeals button for videos that have been flagged for copyrighted music as it attempts to stem a tide of user complaints.
Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle:
SF Planning Commission toughens, clears proposed requlation of Airbnb-like short-term rentals  —  S.F. planners support, toughen ‘Airbnb law’  —  Supervisor David Chiu's who proposed the Airbnb legislation arrives at the Planning Commission meeting to hear public comment at the weekly meeting …
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Rakuten acquires US based e-commerce app Slice as it thinks about expansion in country  —  Japan's Rakuten Buys Startup as It Mulls U.S. Entry  —  Rakuten, Japan's largest online retailer, has bought Slice, a U.S. based e-commerce app, as it plans a possible foray into the U.S.

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