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August 10, 2014, 10:05 PM

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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
BuzzFeed raises $50M from Andreessen Horowitz, valuing company at $850M, VC firm's Chris Dixon will join board  —  A Move to Go Beyond Lists for Content at BuzzFeed  —  Here are three completely crazy insights about BuzzFeed, the viral content start-up:  —  1. BuzzFeed is a web traffic sensation …
Susanne Ault / Variety:
Survey: YouTube Stars More Popular Than Mainstream Celebs Among U.S. Teens  —  U.S. teenagers are more enamored with YouTube stars than they are the biggest celebrities in film, TV and music.  —  That's the surprising result of a survey Variety commissioned in July that found the five …
Matthew Lynley / BuzzFeed:
How Twitch co-founder and CEO Emmett Shear built a video game streaming site worth $1B  —  How A Site That Streams People Playing Video Games Became A Billion Dollar Business  —  Twitch CEO Emmett Shear wasn't born a leader, he became one almost by accident.  And he now runs one of the most valuable video properties on the web.
Matt Martin / VG247:
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
How Microsoft dragged its development practices into the 21st century  —For the longest time, Microsoft had something of a poor reputation as a software developer.  The issue wasn't so much the quality of the company's software but the way it was developed and delivered.
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 …
Chris Tribbey / Home Media Magazine:
Amazon halts disc preorders of some Disney titles in an apparent contract dispute  —  Disney Disc Preorders Disappear From Amazon  —  The preorder option for almost every title from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has been removed on Amazon, in an apparent repeat of what Warner Home Video went through earlier this summer.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Apple iPhone Privacy Changes Lead to Layoffs at Retail Tracking Startup Nomi  —  Apple giveth, and Apple taketh away.  —  When iOS8, Apple's new mobile operating software, rolls out in the fall, a subtle change in how Wi-Fi networks identify nearby iPhones is set to upend how some retail stores are tracking repeat visits by shoppers.
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.
More: CoinDesk and BBCTweets: @chx and @ashk4n
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Line targets US users with low-cost calls to landlines, a Selfie Sticker app, and Disney games  —  Line's bears and bunnies are coming for America  —  How this Japanese chat sensation plans to win the West  —  Everyone in Japan knows Brown, the laid-back bear, and Cony …

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
Tech Talent for Good launches  —  Microsoft launches a new volunteer program that matches tech expertise from Microsoft employees with nonprofit IT needs, while company employees raise a record-breaking $117M in 2014.
HP:
Shields, Spears, Digital Tattoos and Bionics: 6 Healthcare disruptions for 2020  —  As 2014 draws to a close, we can see that it was a year of rapid, accelerating change.  The relentless advance of technology …
Zoho:
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Slack:
Building the Workplace We Want  —  We've talked a lot internally about the kind of workplace that we want at Slack.  Nolan Caudill, our Engineering Chief of Staff, first wrote about the principles and ideas behind …
 

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