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Uber's Anti-Lyft Playbook, the Best Cancelled Comedy Central Shows and More Morning #Mustreads

recode.net – Aug 27, 3:00 AM – Here's some of the freshest #content on the 'Net, brought to you by Re/code: How seriously is Uber taking competition from Lyft? Very seriously. The Verge's Casey Newton has the goods, in the form of an internal Uber memo detailing how company…
Lauren Goode RT @nkulw: technically still morning on the west coast, so here are your #mustreads t.co/5yP2qeYC8n

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Journalism is doing just fine, thanks -- it's mass-media business models that are ailing

Gigaom Mathew Ingram (@mathewi) – Aug 26, 3:51 PM – Is the internet destroying journalism? In a piece at Salon, writer Andrew Leonard argues that it is — primarily because “the economics of news gathering in the Internet age suck,” as he puts it. And it's easy to see why someone…
Mathew Ingram Quality is in the eye of the beholder MT @Shoq: neither talks enough about the *quality* of the journalism. t.co/zU9GIwL0l3
Mathew Ingram RT @Sulliview: Journalism will be fine, says @mathewi in a good piece. One concern I have: regional investigative reporting t.co/S4ZhwIfpPJ
Margaret Sullivan Journalism will be fine, says @mathewi in a good piece. One concern I have: regional investigative reporting t.co/S4ZhwIfpPJ
Gigaom The internet hasn't destroyed #journalism. It's mass-media business models that are ailing. t.co/4WHzU7NoiK t.co/dakBW3s1HN
Mathew Ingram Thanks Louise MT @louiseroug: "Journalism will be just fine." Smart @mathewi riposte to Salon piece on future of news t.co/dOCjgBVaOp
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This is Uber's playbook for sabotaging Lyft

theverge.com – Casey Newton – Aug 26, 3:42 PM – Uber is arming teams of independent contractors with burner phones and credit cards as part of its sophisticated effort to undermine Lyft and other competitors. Interviews with current and former contractors, along with internal documents obtained…
Tom Merritt I'm curious. Are you mad at Uber about this? t.co/eoFPW4j227
Jon Swartz RT @jguynn: Startups might want to stop pitching themselves as Uber of (fill in the blank) for a while. @CaseyNewton t.co/pSTkexXptI
Jessica Guynn Startups might want to stop pitching themselves as Uber of (fill in the blank) for a while. @CaseyNewton t.co/pSTkexXptI
Jessica Guynn RT @MikeIsaac: Wow. Uber's systematic campaign to sabotage Lyft, complete with internal memos to drivers. Nice work, @CaseyNewton. t.co/URFTtxDvpc
Jessica Guynn RT @davewiner: This is Uber's playbook for sabotaging Lyft. (I am removing the Uber app from all my devices.) t.co/oZj8acjj9h
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Code/red: Apple Plans to Announce Wearable in September

recode.net – Aug 27, 10:19 AM – Everyone's wondering how the hell Otter Products, which makes OtterBox protective cases for mobile phones, could possibly be worth $2.5 billion. Remember back in June when I said Apple hoped to schedule a special event in October to show off a new…
mark berniker RT @CNBC: Apple plans to announce wearable device alongside two new iPhones on September 9th: t.co/f5Ns4Lpu5l (via @Recode) $AAPL
Tim Bradshaw I don't have @JohnPaczkowski's info on timing t.co/3uyR5hYcYV but I have been told it won't be called 'iWatch' t.co/Mjy6lWAQRF
Dave McClure RT @Techmeme: Code/red: Apple Plans to Announce Wearable in September (@johnpaczkowski / Re/code) t.co/teO2V3RtC6 t.co/nT20Mr7sVI
Steve Kovach Apple will announce the iWatch earlier than expected: Sept. 9 along with new iPhones t.co/ppL116dfuF
CNBC Apple plans to announce wearable device alongside two new iPhones on September 9th: t.co/f5Ns4Lpu5l (via @Recode) $AAPL
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Snapchat Fetches $10 Billion Valuation

WSJ – Evelyn M. Rusli – Aug 26, 2:33 PM – Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has agreed to invest in Snapchat Inc., an ephemeral messaging service, at close to a $10 billion valuation, people with knowledge of the matter said. Snapchat, which has talked to several potential investors in…
Amol Sharma Snapchat raising money at a $10 billion valuation, @evelynrusli and @dmac1 report. Kleiner tries to get in early-ish t.co/ZKRIv8MKYA
Wall Street Journal RT @DownsDigital: Why do investors love Snapchat so much? Animated explainer: t.co/18sqP7RdTj
Mark Gongloff "Snapchat's valuation, about $2B just 1 year ago, has soared even tho the startup lacks a clear business model" t.co/fJ1xHOge8d
Heidi N. Moore THANK YOU @WSJ for putting the key factor in the standfirst: no revenue. t.co/jQAjm443Yn t.co/JaJN4MtoSV
Dipti Kapadia RT @DownsDigital: Why do investors love Snapchat so much? Animated explainer by me here: t.co/3X9sGFpZ9v
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How Social Media Silences Debate

nytimes.com Claire Cain Miller (@clairecm) – Aug 26 – The Internet might be a useful tool for activists and organizers, in episodes as momentous as the Arab Spring or as trivial as the Ice Bucket Challenge. But overall, it has largely diminished rather than enhanced political participation, according…
Jonathan Abrams RT @pmarca: Yep, if there's one thing we know about social media, it's that people are reluctant to say stuff! :-) t.co/EQmdfTwjmN
Jenna Wortham "The Internet might be a useful tool for activists ... but it has diminished political participation." t.co/A7x8MKabM8
Clare Sayas I disagree! - How Social Media Silences Debate t.co/XmPiDGWHPr via @UpshotNYT
John Bussey RT @allisonlichter: Pew report looks at the "spiral of silence," finds social media tamps down diversity of opinion and stifles debate: t.co/Kj80x7w1IX
Raju Narisetti Social Media is actually silencing vigorous debates: t.co/SwqUxY9749 Via @nytimes
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Dropbox Bulks Up Its 'Pro' Cloud-Storage Plan

WSJ – Brian R. Fitzgerald – Aug 27 – Dropbox CEO Drew Houston showed off new tools at an April event. Nathan Olivarez-Giles/The Wall Street Journal Dropbox is reloading for the cloud-storage war by simplifying its paid offering: a terabyte of cloud storage for $9.99 a month. The new…
WSJD RT @donal888: Dropbox offers a terabyte of storage for $9.99 a month. t.co/qCGubgQKRL via @WSJD
Don Clark Dropbox offers a terabyte of storage for $9.99 a month. t.co/qCGubgQKRL via @WSJD
Doug MacMillan RT @WSJdigits: Dropbox Bulks Up Its 'Pro' Cloud-Storage Plan t.co/OcSQUdITL3
Liam Denning RT @djtgallagher: Newsflash - Bay Area startup actually charges for its service. @WSJD: Dropbox sets $10/month/terabyte plan. t.co/Gj0XLna4ov
Dan Gallagher Newsflash - Bay Area startup actually charges for its service. @WSJD: Dropbox sets $10/month/terabyte plan. t.co/Gj0XLna4ov
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The Investigators: Dashcam video clears NJ man; Cops now indicted

7online.com – Sarah Wallace – The tale of the police dashcam video has now helped clear a Bloomfield, New Jersey man who faced a multitude of criminal charges, including eluding police and assault. Investigative Reporter Sarah Wallace obtained the dashcam tapes, and has spoken…
Mathew Ingram RT @drance: Horrifying. Cops on camera yelling 'Stop trying to take my gun' to a man with his hands up, hoping we don't notice. t.co/4AD8ZwOszg
Travis Bogard RT @brewjohnson: So much wrong with this story: police brutality, withholding evidence, trying to send an innocent man to jail. Ugh. t.co/mze9C6k8Ob
Chris Sacca RT @brewjohnson: So much wrong with this story: police brutality, withholding evidence, trying to send an innocent man to jail. Ugh. t.co/mze9C6k8Ob
Marc Andreessen RT @ATabarrok: Motorist resists arrest by repeatedly throwing his face into the officer's fist. t.co/C3cVxgiwqh
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Don't Want Me to Recline My Airline Seat? You Can Pay Me

nytimes.com – Josh Barro – Aug 27 – I fly a lot. When I fly, I recline. I don't feel guilty about it. And I'm going to keep doing it, unless you pay me to stop. I bring this up because of a dispute you may have heard about: On Sunday, a United Airlines flight from Newark to Denver…
Jonathan Abrams 'A flight attendant asked him to remove the device. He refused. The woman seated in front of him threw water at him.' t.co/8PnI5oX9T7
Alice Truong i esp like the ending about why tall people suck. Don't Want Me to Recline My Airline Seat? You Can Pay Me t.co/AQmdrm8c2F @UpshotNYT
Ian Schafer It's time to disrupt the seat reclining business. t.co/ZBnhNOJ9gK
Brian Sullivan RT @jbarro: The world favors the tall, yet they have the gall to whine about the one place (airplanes) where height costs them. t.co/VGURZrrXxT
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I Was Kidnapped While Reporting in Syria. The Risk Wasn't Worth It.

newrepublic.com – Tom A. Peter – Aug 26, 12:08 PM – About a year and a half ago, I found myself in the living room of a luxury condominium overlooking a beach in Naples, Florida. I'd been reporting in the Middle East, and, for the first time in two years, had returned home to the U.S. for a visit.
Nieman Lab On the risks, costs and benefits of foreign reporting t.co/UV4EAUn8Z5
Brooke Baldwin Good read/dose of reality: 'Why I Decided War Reporting Was No Longer Worth the Risk': t.co/mcsTYBKuu2 @TomAPeter joins me 3pET #CNN
Jonathan Hirshon Journalist Kidnapped in Syria Reacts to ISIS's James Foley Beheading | New Republic t.co/zGgD8UT0AN
Tamer El-Ghobashy This is jarring: "I leaned back in the seat, devastated that I'd wasted my life." On war journalism: t.co/Crof6Ltf8u
Mediagazer I Was Kidnapped While Reporting in Syria. The Risk Wasn't Worth It. (@tomapeter) t.co/Qa0usiycdS t.co/JSoEBOnSyl
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Did Tony die at the end of The Sopranos?: David Chase finally answers the question he wants fans to stop asking

Vox – Instead of giving Tony a final scene in which he is either killed or arrested — the two possible fates Tony and his fans had imagined for him — the last episode ends unexpectedly during a domestic scene with an ominous tinge. Tony…
Ryan Sarver TL;DR Tony didn't die '@voxdotcom: Did Tony die at the end of The Sopranos? David Chase finally reveals the answer t.co/zAbaMhRsQb'
The Verge Did Tony die at the end of The Sopranos? David Chase has answered t.co/t2CnlRqSMc via @voxdotcom
Philip Berne Thus ironic that they'd get mad that @SavedYouAClick ruins the story. No. Tony's not dead. Now read anyway. t.co/bzXegW3GwL
Jim Bankoff Did Tony die at the end of The Sopranos?: David Chase finally answers the question he wants fans to stop asking t.co/aqkWtsD42q
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