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August 18, 2014, 9:40 AM

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Kellex / Droid Life:
Moto 360 listing at Best Buy reveals features and specs, priced at $249  —  Moto 360 Shows Up at Best Buy for $249, Outs List of Features  —  We are expecting to get official Moto 360 launch details when Motorola hosts press at a September 4 event in Chicago, but Best Buy may have gone ahead …
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.
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.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
How Verizon lets its copper network decay to force phone customers onto fiber  —  The shift from copper landlines to fiber-based voice networks is continuing apace, and no one wants it to happen faster than Verizon.  —  Internet users nationwide are clamoring for fiber, as well …
Paul Carr / PandoDaily:
Bezos-owned Washington Post now inserting gross Amazon affiliate links into news articles  —  There's something creepy in this Washington Post piece about Penguin's new “adult” cover for the 50th anniversary edition of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”  Well, something else creepy, beyond the weirdly over-sexualized cover itself.
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
History of podcasting: from RSS audio enclosures to mainstream acceptance and patent lawsuits  —  10 years of podcasting: Code, comedy, and patent lawsuits  —  A decade ago today—August 13, 2004—former MTV VJ Adam Curry spoke these words, recorded in his car in rural Belgium while driving to the Netherlands:
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Telegraph “Forgets” Its Own Stories Documenting Google “Right To Be Forgotten” Removals  —  The Daily Telegraph's recent campaign to document all its stories that have been removed from Google under the EU's Right To Be Forgotten took an odd turn today when the Telegraph itself mysteriously removed three stories about removals.
More: TelegraphTweets: @dannysullivan
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 …

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