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August 14, 2015, 1:55 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Source: Jessica Alba's subscription e-commerce startup, The Honest Company, has raised $100M at a $1.7B valuation  —  Jessica Alba's Startup, Honest, Valued at $1.7 Billion  —  Honest, the baby-products retailer co-founded by movie star Jessica Alba, has raised $100 million in a new round of funding, valuing it at about $1.7 billion.
Bloomberg Business:
Sources: Apple's live TV streaming service now slated for 2016 launch as licensing talks stall  —  Apple Said to Delay Live TV Service to 2016 as Negotiations Stall  —  Apple Inc. customers waiting for the company to revolutionize live television as it did for music and phone service …
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Sources: Comcast will partner with publishers like Vox, Buzzfeed, others to launch Watchable, a major online video platform to rival Facebook and YouTube  —  Comcast is about to launch a major video platform called Watchable to rival Facebook and Google  —  Comcast is preparing to launch …
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
The New York Times builds Blossom, a Slack bot that suggests which stories to post to social media; suggested posts typically get 380% more clicks  —  The New York Times built a Slack bot to help decide which stories to post to social media  —  The New York Times publishes more than 300 stories each day.
Sebastian Anthony / Ars Technica UK:
Samsung unveils 2.5-inch 16TB SSD: The world's largest hard drive  —  At the Flash Memory Summit in California, Samsung has unveiled what appears to be the world's largest hard drive—and somewhat surprisingly, it uses NAND flash chips rather than spinning platters.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Groupon lays off 39 at Ideel, a flash-sale site it bought last January for $43M  —  More Layoffs at Groupon, This Time at Flash Sale Site Ideel  —  In the same week that Groupon cut at least 20 percent of the staff in its restaurant software unit, it also announced cuts inside Ideel …
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Russian censors remove Reddit from their registry of banned websites after Reddit deletes offending post  —  Reddit Responds After Being Threatened, Banned And Unbanned By The Russian Government  —  Reddit has had a pretty bizarre last few days in Russia.

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