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August 11, 2014, 8:05 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.
Mat Honan / Wired:
If you ‘like’ everything on Facebook, brands and content mills will quickly replace humans in your 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.”
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Twitter Paid $134 Million for Gnip  —  Twitter pulled back the curtain on the financial details of its Gnip acquisition on Monday.  The total: $134 million in stock and cash for the Boulder, Colorado-based startup.  The package, outlined in a 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission …
Nancy Scola / Washington Post:
With former Google manager at the helm, the White House launches “US Digital Service” to institutionalize the process that fixed HealthCare.gov  —  White House launches ‘U.S. Digital Service,’ with HealthCare.gov fixer at the helm  —  President Obama participates …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google is backing a new $300 million high-speed internet Trans-Pacific cable system between the US and Japan  —  Google has announced it is backing plans to build and operate a new high-speed internet Trans-Pacific cable system called “FASTER” by Q2 2016.  In addition to Google …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
GSMArena.com:
Possible images of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 leak, show leather-like back and metal frame  —  Detailed images of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 leak  —  Here's what the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 may look like.  While looking very similar to the front of the current Note 3 the back and sides look new.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Skully AR-1 smart motorcycle helmet launches on Indiegogo, with Heads-Up-Display, GPS, rear-view camera, for $1,399  —  The Skully Smart Motorcycle Helmet Sharpens Your Senses On The Road  —  The stats around motorcycle safety in the United States are pretty bleak, but the folks at Skully …
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.
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 …

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