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August 9, 2014, 10:15 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 …
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 …
Reed Albergotti / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook says permissions it asks of Messenger users on Android stem from rigid Android policy  —  Facebook Messenger Privacy Fears?  Here's What You Need to Know  —  The Internet has been simmering lately over privacy concerns surrounding Facebook 's Messenger app, which will soon become …
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.
Karissa Bell / Mashable:
Facebook Messenger Is No. 1 in App Store, Has One-Star Rating  —  The Facebook Messenger split has officially arrived, forcing users of the Facebook app to download it — but they're not happy about doing so.  —  This has put the app in the unique position of being the number one free app in the App Store …
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.
Reuters:
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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Microsoft:
Office everywhere: More great news for Office on iOS and Android  —  Starting immediately, Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android tablet will be available in the Google Play store as free downloads, joining the highly rated OneNote for Android.
HP:
The Wired Doctor: Virtual Medical Practice Connects Dr.'s & Patients  —  Sherpaa, a tech startup in Brooklyn, provides 24-hour access to doctors via smartphones and online tools.
Zoho:
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