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August 11, 2014, 9:25 AM

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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:
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 …
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.
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 …
More: The Register and VentureBeatTweets: @csoghoian and @virusbtn
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Square Targets Small Business With Launch Of Online Booking Tool “Square Appointments”  —  Continuing its expansion beyond mobile payments, Square this morning has rolled out Square Appointments, an online appointment booking service aimed at small businesses, like beauty and hair salons …
More: The Next Web, Square and MashableTweets: @mikeisaac
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.
Ben Woods / The Next Web:
OpenTable expands its in-app mobile payments to New York, promises 20 more cities before end of 2014  —  OpenTable has been gently testing ways to integrate its reservation service more deeply with users' dining experiences by including in-app payment of checks for more than a year already …
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 …

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