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August 13, 2017, 12:25 AM

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James Damore / Wall Street Journal:
James Damore blames Google's intense echo chamber, exacerbated by outside reactions, for his firing  —  James Damore says that his good-faith effort to discuss differences between men and women in tech couldn't be tolerated in the company's ‘ideological echo chamber.’
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Blair Hanley Frank / VentureBeat:
OpenAI bot has defeated three top professional Dota 2 players in 1v1 play over the last week  —  An artificial intelligence has beaten one of the world's top Dota 2 players in single combat today.  Danil Ishutin, better known by his gaming handle “Dendi,” threw in the towel in the middle …
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
Source: Facebook approved the stealthy release of app similar to Moments in China via a local company that appears to be closely linked to Facebook  —  SHANGHAI — Facebook and many of its apps have been blocked in China for years.  To change that, Mark Zuckerberg has made a big point …
JC Torres / SlashGear:
Twitch launches desktop app with support for voice and video calls on Windows and macOS  —  Although YouTube is the household name for streaming videos in general, Twitch is still considered the granddaddy of the niche, but also lucrative, game streaming market.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
SoundCloud closes $169.5M Series F funding round led by Raine Group and Temasek to stay afloat; former Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor replaces Alex Ljung as CEO  —  SoundCloud has just closed the necessary funding round to keep the struggling music service afloat.
Dan Primack / Axios:
Shervin Pishevar and two other Uber investors demand that Benchmark, which sued Travis Kalanick for fraud, give up its Uber board seat and sell its Uber shares  —  A group of Uber investors has asked that venture capital firm Benchmark step down from the company's board of directors, Axios has learned.
George Slefo / Ad Age:
Google reveals sites that fail ad test, risk being filtered by upcoming Chrome ad blocker, including Forbes, LA Times, Lifehacker, Chicago Tribune  —  Credit: Illustration by Tam Nguyen/ Ad Age  —  Betty Crocker might want to check her inbox Thursday.  —  The iconic brand is one of roughly …
Salvador Rodriguez / Reuters:
Coding boot camps in the US are facing stiff competition in a crowded field, with eight schools having shut down or planning to close in 2017  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The hype is fading for coding “boot camps,” for-profit U.S. schools offering graduates entry into the lucrative world of software development.
Thanks:@dnvolz
JD Alois / Crowdfund Insider:
After raising $232M in an ICO, Tezos says it'll commit $50M to fund new companies looking to build on the Tezos platform, via direct venture arm and VC partners  —  Tezos shot straight through the stratosphere in the blink of an eye with their Initial Coin Offering several weeks back.
More: CoinDesk

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