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August 7, 2013, 7:00 AM

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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
The Quiet Mobile Giant: With 300M Active Users, WhatsApp Adds Voice Messaging  —  WhatsApp, a tiny startup with a very basic idea, boring design and lots of competition, has somehow managed to connect up most of the world.  And that's actually pretty exciting.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Matt McGee / Marketing Land:
Facebook Updates News Feed Algorithm With New “Story Bumping” & “Last Actor” Factors  —  Facebook is changing the way it ranks organic posts that are eligible to show up in its users' News Feeds.  —  The company announced two new factors — “Story Bumping” and “Last Actor” …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Yahoo is getting a new logo on September 5, but it's keeping its infamous exclamation mark  —  There's plenty of change happening at Yahoo under Marissa Mayer, but one thing is sure to remain the same...that darn exclamation mark.  —  Yahoo today unveiled the first in a series of new logos …
Elliot / Elliott Kember:
Chrome's insane password security strategy  —  Chrome does something interesting when you first run it.  —  I have a set of bookmarklets that I use to enhance my internet experience.  Actually, that's not entirely true.  I have one bookmarklet: Embiggen.js, which I use to expand images on Reddit.
Matt Brian / The Verge:
Amazon now offering game and software downloads for PC and Mac in the UK  —  Amazon has expanded its digital marketplace to allow UK customers to download games and software via its website.  Already an option on its US store, Amazon has made available a selection of popular paid titles for PC and Mac …
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Will Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley Finally Get It Right?  —  It's 2 a.m. and Dennis Crowley is wired.  We've just left Foursquare's South by Southwest party at the Hype Hotel, a warehouse-size space in downtown Austin where nearly 1,000 revelers were drowning in deafening club music and Tito's Handmade Vodka.
First Round Capital:
How Medium is building a new kind of company with no managers  —  After Ev Williams first started working on Twitter, he reached out to Jason Stirman in Texas.  “You have to come out here,” Williams said.  “Twitter is happening and we want you to join us.”  But Stirman wasn't easily convinced.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft launches Windows Phone web tool to let anyone create apps  —  Microsoft wants Windows Phone developers and apps, and it's launching a developer tool on Tuesday in its latest effort to secure apps for its ecosystem.  A beta version of Windows Phone App Studio is now available …
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Hortonworks CEO confirms co-founder and CTO's departure  —  Hadoop startup Hortonworks has confirmed that its co-founder and CTO Eric Baldeschwieler is no longer with the company.  We reported on evidence suggesting the move on Monday, and CEO Rob Bearden confirmed Baldeschwieler's departure in a blog post on Tuesday.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Search Starts Highlighting In-Depth Articles On Search Results Pages  —  Google today announced a new feature for Google Search that highlights in-depth articles related to your search queries.  Google says while many users just want a quick answer, its own research indicates …
Paul Ducklin / Naked Security:
OpenX ad servers “pre-compromised” - official distro contained remote code backdoor  —  You don't always have to break into someone's web server to get them to deliver your malware for you.  —  You may be able to implant malware onto a site from which your victim fetches third-party content …

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