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August 17, 2014, 6:50 PM

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Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Twitter's latest experiment turns favorites into retweets (and it's annoying lots of people)  —  Twitter is back in experimental mode, but its latest test is annoying people.  A sizable number of users are seeing tweets favorited by others in their timeline, just like retweets.
Miguel Helft / Fortune:
Inside ATAP, Google's mobile development group led by former DARPA director Regina Dugan  —  Google goes DARPA  —  Regina Dugan loves to tell the story of how she got her current job.  It was a little over two years ago, and Dugan, a mechanical engineer by training and an expert in counterterrorism …
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
In the Sharing Economy, Workers Find Both Freedom and Uncertainty  —  Just after 4 a.m. on a recent Friday, while most of the neighbors in her leafy Boston suburb were still asleep, Jennifer Guidry was in the driveway of her rental apartment, her blond hair pulled back in a tidy French braid, vacuuming the inside of her car.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
We lack the data needed to show whether venture capital is performing as an asset class  —  VCs suck (but there's a way you could prove me wrong)  —  There has been a bunch of Twitter conversation this week about venture capital economics and performance, stemming from an HBR post titled Venture Capitalists …
Ethan Zuckerman / The Atlantic Online:
Ad-supported web led to targeting and surveillance as a default; let's try again, with fees for service  —  The Internet's Original Sin  —  Ron Carlson's short story “What We Wanted To Do” takes the form of an apology from a villager who failed to protect his comrades from marauding Visigoths.
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Email is not dying; it's an adaptable, decentralized, open platform that's being unbundled  —  Email Is Still the Best Thing on the Internet  —  The gentle, dependable workhorse that everyone relies on and nobody owns  —  All these people are trying to kill email.
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
With free licensing and new device makers on board, it's too early to write off Windows Phone  —  It's Too Early to Write Off the Third Smartphone Ecosystem  —  Thanks to a single smart phone quarterly market share report from IDC, many are suddenly writing off Windows Phone and declaring …
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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Internet Explorer team AMA: no plans for iOS & Android release, rebranding has been considered  —  Internet Explorer on Android or iOS?  Not in Microsoft's current plans  —  Summary: The cross-platform push may be on at ‘cloud first/mobile first’ Microsoft, but for now …

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