April 24, 2017, 10:20 AM

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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
A look at Travis Kalanick's risk taking, from his early startups to Uber, which once led Tim Cook to threaten Kalanick with app removal for breaking store rules  —  Travis Kalanick's drive to win in life has led to a pattern of risk-taking that has put his ride-hailing company on the brink of implosion.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitch launching an invite-only affiliate program allowing non-partnered channels to earn revenue, starting with chat-based “Cheering with Bits” tipping feature  —  On the heels of yesterday's news about expanded subscription options for partners, video streaming site Twitch today …
Ruth Reader / Fast Company:
Profile of PayPal subsidiary Venmo, which has grown to an estimated 7M MAUs and processed $18B in payments in 2016 after struggling early with compliance, fraud  —  Under parent company PayPal, the millennial-focused payments app is finally ready to make some money.  —  [Illustrations: Danilo Agutoli]
Ainsley Harris / Fast Company:
Inside the demise of Tilt, which raised a total of $67M+, was valued at $375M in 2015, but was recently bought by Airbnb, reportedly for $12M  —  In 2015, social payments company Tilt was worth $375 million.  Less than two years later, it had lost over 95% of its value and was sold for a pittance.
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Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Russian hacker Roman Seleznev sentenced to 27 years for theft, sale of 2M+ CC numbers resulting in $170M+ in losses, the longest hacking-related sentence in US  —  Federal prosecutors have yet to capture or convict the foreign computer criminals believed to be behind the hackings of big retailers like Target and Neiman Marcus.
How Alibaba, Tencent, and Baidu fight for dominance in China while trying to expand abroad  —  Tencent is leading the acquisition spree, with Alibaba a close second  —  THERE was a time, not that long ago, when China's big internet companies were dismissed by investors in Silicon Valley …
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