August 10, 2014, 1:55 PM

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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:
What It's Like Raising Money As A Woman In Silicon Valley  —  Editor's note: We don't publish many anonymous pieces on, 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.
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  — Inc. stepped up the war of words …
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.
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 …
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 …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Xiaomi makes its cloud messaging service optional for users following security concerns  —  Fast-growing Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi is making the cloud messaging service that is automatically activated on its devices optional for users, following security concerns raised during the past week.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Skype reverses decision to drop OS X 10.5 support, will rerelease an older compatible version ‘soon’  —  Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard users recently found that Skype no longer works on their system: despite upgrading to the latest version they still can't sign in.  We got in touch with the Microsoft …

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