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August 17, 2015, 10:15 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:
After Huawei and LG Nexus renders over the weekend, live picture of LG Nexus 5 leaks online  —  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, but it might be time to say hello to a revamped version.
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 …
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.
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Rambus, known for its many patent infringement lawsuits against chip makers, plans to sell chips under its own brand for the first time  —  Rambus Expands With Its Own Chip Brand  —  Rambus is announcing plans to sell chips under its own brand for the first time in its 25-year history.
More: AnandTech and Reuters
Chelsey Dulaney / Wall Street Journal:
Expedia extends termination date for Orbitz deal from August 12 to November 12  —  Expedia Extends Termination Date for Orbitz Deal  —  Expedia has pushed back the termination date for its merger with Orbitz Worldwide by three months as the hotel industry urges the U.S. government to reject the proposed tie-up.
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.
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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