August 15, 2015, 11:40 PM

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New York Times:
Amazon tests how far to push white-collar workers to achieve its ever-expanding ambitions, creating a bruising, data-driven workplace  —  Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace  —  SEATTLE — On Monday mornings, fresh recruits line up for an orientation intended to catapult …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Nextbit, led by Android and HTC vets, will launch its Android smartphone on September 1 priced at $300-$400  —  Google, HTC vets prep ‘friggin’ awesome' smartphone for Sept. 1 launch  —  Nextbit makes the bold claim that its smartphone will actually get better over time thanks to software tweaks.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Mozilla tests private browsing mode with tracking protection in pre-beta versions of Firefox  —  Mozilla Makes Private Browsing More Private In Firefox, Adds Tracking Protection  —  Mozilla is testing a new private browsing mode in Firefox that doesn't just keep no trace of your browsing habits …
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Google bans 8chan-hosted domains from search, displaying warning about child abuse content  —  8chan-hosted content disappears from Google searches  —  Domain-specific searches contain warning about “suspected child abuse content.”  —  Google appears to have taken an unprecedented step …
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 …
Klint Finley / Wired:
Swiss researchers working to make two-factor authentication easier with Sound-Proof, which replaces numerical codes with digital signatures from ambient sound  —  The Noise Around You Could Strengthen Your Passwords  —  Last year after nude photos apparently stolen from various celebrities …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Kaspersky CEO: False positives affected us too, Reuters report does not contain ‘a shred of evidence’  —  Reuters published a story today claiming security firm Kaspersky Lab tried to damage rivals (including Microsoft, AVG, and Avast) by tricking their antivirus software programs …
Howard Mintz / Mercury News:
US Court of Appeals rejects Samsung's request for rehearing of patent case against Apple  —  Apple v. Samsung: court rejects Samsung's latest appeal  —  A federal appeals court Thursday refused to re-examine Samsung's appeal of a stinging 2012 jury verdict that found the tech giant violated Apple's iPhone patents.

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