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August 11, 2014, 1:55 PM

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Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Inside Apple University, the company's highly secretive internal training program  —  Inside Apple's Internal Training Program  —  Inside Apple's Internal Training Program  —  CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple may well be the only tech company on the planet that would dare compare itself to Picasso.
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
BuzzFeed raises $50M from Andreessen Horowitz, valuing company at $850M; Chris Dixon to join board; most revenues come from creating ads for other brands  —  A Move to Go Beyond Lists for Content at BuzzFeed  —  Here are three completely crazy insights about BuzzFeed, the viral content start-up:
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft reignites Mac vs. PC conflict for new Surface Pro 3 ads  —  Microsoft is bringing the Mac vs. PC battle back with full force today.  While the company targeted the MacBook Air at the launch of the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft's latest ads place both devices head-to-head.
Mat Honan / Wired:
If you like everything on Facebook, brands and content mills quickly replace humans in News Feed  —  I Liked Everything I Saw on Facebook for Two Days.  Here's What It Did to Me  —  There's this great Andy Warhol quote you've probably seen before: “I think everybody should like everybody.”
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Acer's new Chromebook 13 runs on Nvidia's Tegra K1 CPU, comes with up to 13 hours of battery life, has Full HD display option, and starts from $279  —  Acer's new Chromebook 13 offers a high-resolution screen and all-day battery life  —  The first Chromebook with Nvidia's Tegra K1 processor promises …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
New Microsoft Project Turns Boring First-Person Videos Into Awesome Hyperlapses  —  There's barely a mountain biker, climber, skydiver or skier left who doesn't have a GoPro camera attached to his helmet.  Nobody really wants to sit through an hour of video of you heading up and down the slopes, however.
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
Yo wants to be a communications protocol, plans ability to send links and connect to RSS feeds  —  An App Like Yo Could Turn Out to Be Bigger Than Twitter  —  It Makes Use of Alerts, the Most Valuable Property in the Media Universe  —  Few apps in history have been as controversial and polarizing as Yo.
Orr Hirschauge / Wall Street Journal:
IronSource raises up to $100M, hires JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley for IPO at estimated $1.5B valuation  —  IronSource Closes Pre-IPO Investment Round of Up to $100M  —  Israel-based IronSource closed an investment round of $80 million to $100 million from a consortium of American …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Microsoft isn't out of the entry-level market yet, after announcing a $25 Nokia feature phone  —  Fresh from a change of direction which will mean an end to Nokia X, Asha and S60 devices, Microsoft has pulled a bit of a surprise with the announcement of a €19 ($25) device aimed squarely at first-time phone buyers across the world.
Barb Darrow / Gigaom:
IBM whips out its checkbook to buy ID management specialist Lighthouse Security Group  —  Big Blue has apparently caught identity and access management fever, and is buying its second IAM specialist in three weeks.  —  Cloud is hot.  Security is hot.  Identity and access management (IAM) is hot.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
PGP creator: telcos must stop cooperating with governments; special forces use Silent Circle  —  Father of PGP encryption: Telcos need to get out of bed with governments  —  Zimmermann's Silent Circle working with Dutch telco to deliver encrypted calls.  —  LAS VEGAS—Phil Zimmermann …
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