August 25, 2014, 2:20 PM

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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon to Buy Video Site Twitch for More Than $1 Billion  —  Amazon has agreed to acquire Twitch, a live-streaming service for videogame players, for more than $1 billion, according to a person who has been briefed on the matter.
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Eric P. Newcomer / The Information:
Amazon has been in late-stage talks to acquire video game streaming site Twitch  —  Amazon Nears Deal to Acquire Twitch  — has been in late-stage talks to acquire video site Twitch, according to two people familiar with the matter, after reports that Google had virtually sealed a deal to acquire the site for $1 billion.
Facebook will reduce “click-baiting” headlines and links shared in photo captions in News Feed  —  News Feed FYI: Click-baiting  —  Today we're announcing some improvements to News Feed to help people find the posts and links from publishers that are most interesting and relevant …
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
TiVo Introduces A $50 Over-The-Air DVR For The Post-Aereo Era  —  In June, the U.S. Supreme Court killed the Aereo service—which used banks of tiny antennas and a cloud-based DVR to let people redirect over-the-air TV to all their Net-connected devices—by ruling that it violated Federal copyright law.
Li-Wei Lee / Google Drive Blog:
Google releases new Slides app for iOS, updates Sheets and Docs with direct Office file edit  —  Your iPhone & iPad are ready to get to work with new apps for Docs, Sheets, & Slides  —  You suddenly remember you need to add “buy milk” to your grocery list, but don't have a pen or paper in sight.
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Yahoo rolls out its native ad network to other publishers, including Vox Media's SB Nation  —  Here Is Yahoo's Native Ad Network  —  Content Recommendation Box on Vox Media, CBS Interactive Sites Includes Yahoo's Ads  —  Yahoo's content recommendation box places its native ads on others' sites.
Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
NSA providing records of 850B calls, locations, emails, and internet chats to 23 US agencies with a Google-like ICREACH search engine  —  The Surveillance Engine: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google  —  The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly …
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Mozilla is launching its first Firefox OS smartphone in India this week  —  Slowly but surely, Mozilla is pushing its Firefox OS mobile operating system into new markets.  Although the nonprofit had already discussed its approach for India, today it announced it will be launching its first smartphone in the region this week.
Carmel DeAmicis / Gigaom:
FireChat updated with permanent, unique usernames, preventing impersonation and confusion  —  Firechat's new update makes it easier for Burners to chat their friends in the WiFi-less desert  —  FireChat's — the group chatting application that works without cell service …
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