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February 10, 2019, 7:00 AM

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Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Spotify's bet on Gimlet and Anchor gives it a foothold into podcasting to apply its listener monetization skills without worrying about sending money to labels  —  Credit Spotify CEO Daniel Ek with honesty; in a blog post announcing a major move into the podcast space, Ek wrote:
Tim O'Reilly / Quartz:
Hoffman and Yeh's “Blitzscaling” offers practical advice for startups but presents a lot of revisionist history and ignores the perils of VC-fueled hypergrowth  —  The pursuit of monopoly has led Silicon Valley astray.  —  Look no further than the race between Lyft and Uber to dominate the online ride-hailing market.
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
Amazon now has 288M sq. ft. of warehouses, offices, retail stores, and data centers; all retail adds up to less than 20M sq. ft. and all of AWS uses 10M sq. ft.  —  The data on the company's real-estate holdings reveal a remarkable inflection point.  —  Amazon's origin story is firmly embedded …
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Q&A with the author of The Mastermind, which traces the rise and fall of Paul Le Roux, a programmer-turned-drug kingpin who avoided capture for years  —  Ratliff's new book traces the rise and fall of Paul Le Roux, the leader of the first internet drug cartel (but he won't be the last).
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Hasty adoption of California's privacy law left many unresolved issues and privacy advocates fear industry lobbying will lead to revisions that weaken the law  —  SACRAMENTO — A landmark law adopted in California last year to rein in the data-collection practices of Facebook …
Nate Oh / AnandTech:
AMD Radeon VII review: at $699, the first 7nm gaming GPU is good value when used as a high-VRAM prosumer card but for pure gamers there are better options  —  For AMD's Radeon Technologies Group, 2018 was a bit of a breather year.  After launching the Polaris architecture in 2016 …
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Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
DoorDash says it stands behind its pay policy, which uses tips to help cover what it owes delivery drivers, similar to the policy Instacart reversed this week  —  Startups like to test boundaries.  At their best, they push technological ones.  At their worst, they breach legal or ethical limits.

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