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August 11, 2014, 11:00 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
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 …
WantChinaTimes.com:
Huawei plans to phase out more than 80% of its low-end mobile phone models in H2 2014  —  Huawei to slash low-end mobile phone models: executive  —  Huawei plans to phase out more than 80% of its low-end mobile phone models in the second half of this year and keep only a few models in the market …
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.
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.
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.

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