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August 20, 2015, 1:05 AM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Ashley Madison's data breach could have profound consequences for users and will likely be catastrophic for the company  —  The mind-bending messiness of the Ashley Madison data dump  —  Massive data breaches have become so routine as to become background noise.
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Ashley Madison's $19 ‘Full Delete’ Option Made The Company Millions  —  The hacked cheating site sold peace of mind to tens of thousands of users.  —  Ashley Madison, the hacked affairs site, made nearly $2 million dollars off of its so-called “Full Delete” function in 2014, according to private company documentation leaked yesterday.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Sam Biddle / Gawker:
Snapchat lost $128M and generated only $3M in revenue between January and November of 2014, according to leaked financials  —  Snapchat Lost a Ton of Money Last Year  —  In 2013, teenage attention-pit Snapchat turned down a $3 billion buyout offer from Facebook, which is only not an insane …
TechCrunch:
Here Are The 52 Startups That Launched At Y Combinator Summer 2015 Demo Day 2  —  Hardware was the clear cut theme of Day 1, but Demo Day 2 of Y Combinator's Summer 2015 was a bit more... eclectic.  Moving services!  Streaming services!  Hotel booking, augmented reality, eSports!
Yevgeniy Sverdlik / Data Center Knowledge:
Lightning strikes Google Compute Engine data center in Belgium; services disrupted and 0.000001% of data lost  —  Lightning in Belgium Disrupts Google Cloud Services  —  Not even the mighty Google data centers are immune from acts of god it turns out.  —  A series of successive lightning strikes …
Kevin Tofel / ZDNet:
Report: BlackBerry Venice Android slider to launch on all four major US carriers in November  —  Return of the keyboard: BlackBerry Venice with Android expected in November  —  With all four U.S carriers rumored to carry the sliding keyboard phone, it surely would have to run Android.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Alex Rampell, co-founder and former CEO of TrialPay which was acquired by Visa this year, joins Andreessen Horowitz as general partner  —  With an Eye on Fintech, Andreessen Horowitz Adds a New General Partner  —  The leaders of Andreessen Horowitz believe that experience is the best teacher.
Paul Elias / Associated Press:
SF and LA District Attorneys amend complaint against Uber, claim murderer, sex offenders got through background checks, want tougher screening  —  San Francisco district attorney expands Uber lawsuit  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco district attorney announced Wednesday the expansion …
Gordon Mah Ung / PCWorld:
Intel Skylake CPU details revealed: These faster, more power-efficient chips can even drive three 4K monitors  —  Skylake-based laptops should offer a nice boost over today's Broadwell laptops, and here's why.  —  After weeks of teasing us, Intel finally lifted the kilt to show us details of its 6th generation CPU.

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