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August 11, 2014, 8:50 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:
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.
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 …
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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Benedict Evans:
A mid-range iPhone wouldn't notably grow Apple's profits, but it could hurt US Android sales  —  Note on cheap iPhones  —  Ever since the iPhone launched, people have been pointing out that it is very expensive, relative to the rest of the market, and wondering when, and how, and if Apple might go cheaper.
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.
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Inside gadget leak culture: noted leakers explain how rumors impact companies and consumers  —  Leaks, lies and the bottom line  —  “The iPhone 6 will be released globally on September 19th,” an email in my inbox reads.  I don't know who the tipster is, nor how they came across this nugget of information.
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R. Jai Krishna / Wall Street Journal:
Arrival of Chinese Phone Brands Sets Stage for Price War in India  —  Low-Cost Handset Makers Challenge Dominance of Micromax, Karbonn Mobiles  —  NEW DELHI—Indian cellphone makers that made their names undercutting the prices of big global brands such as Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc …

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