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August 17, 2015, 11:15 AM

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John Cook / GeekWire:
Full memo: Jeff Bezos responds to brutal New York Times story, says it doesn't represent the Amazon he leads  —  The cruel and back-stabbing environment described by The New York Times in a recent report on the workplace culture at Amazon.com has struck a nerve with Jeff Bezos …
Nick Ciubotariu / LinkedIn Pulse:
An Amazonian's response to “Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace”  —  Disclaimer and proviso: “The postings on this site are my own and don't represent Amazon's position in any way whatsoever”.  —  Update: I really appreciate the notes of thanks this post has received, here and on other social media avenues.
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Photo of LG's Nexus 5 leaks online, after renders of both LG and Huawei Nexus devices surfaced over the weekend  —  This could be Google's new Nexus 5 smartphone, built by LG  —  We waved goodbye to the Nexus 5 when Google stopped selling its 2013 flagship Android smartphone earlier this year …
Joe Pinsker / The Atlantic:
Wikipedia's dwindling ranks of volunteer editors struggle to stop editors paid by PR firms  —  The Covert World of People Trying to Edit Wikipedia—for Pay  —  On January 11, 2013, James Heilman, an emergency-room physician and one of Wikipedia's most prolific medical editors …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
How distributed reflective DoS can amplify attacks while hiding the attacker's identity by exploiting weaknesses in the open BitTorrent protocol  —  How BitTorrent could let lone DDoS attackers bring down big sites  —  uTorrent, Mainline, and Vuze most susceptible to DoS abuse, researchers say.
More: PCWorld
Mike Hearn / Medium:
Bitcoin Core committer releases Bitcoin XT fork allowing blocks larger than 1MB amid disagreement among Core committers  —  Why is Bitcoin forking?  —  So this is it.  Here we are.  The community is divided and Bitcoin is forking: both the software and, perhaps, the block chain too.
Mic Wright / The Next Web:
Facebook Notes revamp set to battle Medium and Twitter  —  Facebook Notes has been one of the sprawling social network's least looked after features.  It has sat there for years largely unloved and useless, like Facebook's appendix, serving no purpose yet apt to explode and spill its toxic contents everywhere.
More: The VergeTweets: @davewiner
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Inside Industrial Light & Magic's secret Star Wars VR lab  —  I'm on Industrial Light & Magic's motion capture stage, standing inside what they call “the cave.”  It's not much to look at: two big screens angled at 90 degrees, awash in a smeary blur of images.
More: Ubergizmo and Gizmodo

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