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Darryl K. Taft / eWeek: Watson's first consumer-facing use: advising military members on transition to civilian life  —  USAA Taps IBM's Watson as Military Veterans Advisor  —  For the first consumer-facing application of IBM's Watson cognitive computing technology, USAA, the insurance and financial services firm …

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Mike Isaac / New York Times: Reddit, still unprofitable, looks to grow ad revenues without alienating users  —  Can Reddit Grow Up?  —  Since its founding nine years ago, Reddit has stuck to its own weird guns.  —  The site, where users find, share and talk about web links and photos, has been faithful to an antiquated design …

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac: Apple Stores to soon open up iPhone sales via AT&T Next, T-Mobile JUMP, & Verizon Edge  —  Apple is preparing a significant expansion of its iPhone sales capabilities in its official retail stores, according to sources.  Late in August, many Apple Stores in the United States will kick off …

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Ellen Huet / Forbes: Snapchat stars begin making lucrative advertising deals to create “authentic” branded content  —  Snaps To Riches: The Rise Of Snapchat Celebrities  —  Shaun McBride takes no risks when drawing a Snapchat.  He takes screenshots instead, to protect his works in progress in case of calamity.

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Will Oremus / Slate: Facebook's privacy pivot: Mark Zuckerberg's plan to win back trust  —  Why Mark Zuckerberg is trying to win back users' trust.  —  Remember when Mark Zuckerberg didn't believe in privacy?  When he argued that it was “no longer a social norm”?  When Facebook employees wouldn't even use the word …

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Robin Sloan / Medium: Why Minecraft is a phenomenon: it requires its players to co-create it  —  The secret of Minecraft  —  And its challenge to the rest of us  —  It's almost inevitable: I encounter Minecraft somewhere online—it's easy to do, because there's a lot of Minecraft out there—and I end up convinced I'm doing the wrong thing with my life.

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac: Amazon apparently set to launch Square competitor next month as it preps biometric payment tools  —  Amazon could be preparing to launch its own mobile credit card reading hardware in the coming weeks, according to internal Staples documents hinting at such a launch that we've obtained.

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Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post: As broader immigration reform stalls, Y Combinator lobbies for expanding O1A visas to founders accepted into incubators  —  With immigration reform off the agenda, some in tech turn to plan B  —  Maybe we can't reform the whole immigration system, but the startup world just wants this one thing.

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security: Behind “GoodGoogle”, a service for depleting your competitor's AdWord budget via click fraud  —  Service Drains Competitors' Online Ad Budget  —  The longer one lurks in the Internet underground, the more difficult it becomes to ignore the harsh reality that for nearly every …

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John McDuling / Quartz: Pandora and Spotify face uncertain future with giants Google, Apple, and Amazon encroaching  —  An epic battle in streaming music is about to begin, and only a few will survive  —  “One thing is for sure,” declared an influential American critic and record industry analyst, Bob Lefsetz …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 includes support for folders and interactive cases  —  Microsoft is planning to release its first update to Windows Phone 8.1 soon, and the company has started detailing some of the upcoming features to phone manufacturers.  One of the main visual changes with Update 1 …

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Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch: YC-Backed Kamcord Launches An App For Watching Mobile Game Replays  —  As reports of Google's interest in buying Twitch continue unabated, it's clear there's an enormous market for video of gameplay.  A few players stepped up a couple years ago to tackle the same concept for mobile gaming.

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Alex Wawro / Gamasutra: How Glu Mobile refit an earlier game to make chart-topping “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood”  —  Q&A: Keeping up with hit mobile game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood  —  Reality TV star and actress Kim Kardashian has conquered everything from cable TV to bottled water with some stupendous branding tactics.

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Paul Sawers / The Next Web: Premium not freemium: Fleksy follows in SwiftKey's footsteps with a new store for themes  —  Fleksy's regular Android updates continues today with the news that the smart keyboard app is getting a general design refresh alongside a brand new Fleksy Store for premium content.

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Barb Darrow / Gigaom: AWS in fight of its life as customers like Dropbox ponder hybrid clouds and Google pricing  —  AWS doesn't have the public cloud to itself anymore.  It faces two gigantic competitors trying to poach reference customers and growing adoption of hybrid cloud.  —  For many years Amazon Web Services was the only public cloud in town.

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Brendan Sasso / National Journal: Cable Companies: Google Threatens Net Neutrality, Not Us  —  Internet service providers are urging the FCC to regulate popular websites.  —  The real threat to online freedom is from Internet giants like Google and Netflix, according to major cable companies.

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Megha Bahree / New York Times: Indian startups like Autowale connect auto-rickshaw drivers with riders via SMS  —  Text and Ride in India  —  PUNE, India — When Praveen Narayan Dusane first started driving an auto-rickshaw in this crowded college town, he had to hustle for every rupee.  He could wait hours at a rickshaw stand for passengers.

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Kevin Bullis / MIT Technology Review: Researchers demo cheaper resistive random access memory fabrication, raising prospect of terabyte chips for smartphones  —  Super-Dense Computer Memory  —  Researchers have discovered a new way to make chips that could pack terabytes into smartphones.  —  A novel type of computer memory could …

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Anil Dash / Medium: As messages intended for friends increasingly become media fodder, what does “public” mean?  —  What Is Public?  —  It's so simple, right?  —  Someone could make off with all your garbage that's put out on the street, and carefully record how many used condoms or pregnancy tests …

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Mark Sullivan / VentureBeat: Marc Andreessen takes to Twitter to quote bad predictions about Facebook through the years  —  Marc Andreessen takes a walk down memory lane with Facebook doubters  —  Marc Andreessen has been a Facebook investor from very early on.  Andreesson, who has been given to launching …

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Catherine Shu / TechCrunch: Rocket Internet's Easy Taxi Raises $40M Series D To Expand In Asia, Latin America  —  Easy Taxi, Rocket Internet's taxi calling app, announced today that it has raised a Series D round of $40 million, led by Phenomen Ventures with participation from Tengelmann Ventures, the investment arm of German retail giant Tengelmann Group.

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Kevin Roose / New York Magazine: Lyft CEO John Zimmer on the Company's New York Debut, Regulation, and the Taxi Industry  —  “I do think the pace at which we’re moving to create something new and the pace at which rules are created are at odds.”  —  Coming to New York as an idealistic, wide-eyed upstart can be dangerous.

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Associated Press: Social networks Bubblews and Bonzo Me pay users for posts that attract traffic and advertisers  —  Get paid for posts?  Social networking's new twist  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared -except the money those posts produce.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Amazon Rolls Out A YouTube-Like “Video Shorts” Section On Instant Video  —  Amazon's Instant Video service has traditionally been thought of as both a rival to iTunes and Netflix, in terms of offering movies and TV shows for rent, purchase or for free streaming via the company's Amazon Prime membership program.

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Kaylene Hong / The Next Web: China's Baidu follows in Google's footsteps as it reveals it's working on partial self-drive cars  —  Google took the wraps off its self-driving cars in May, and now Baidu — commonly known as China's Google — has also revealed that it is working on a similar project.

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