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The Media Equation: Amazon Bets on Content in Deal for Twitch
Twitch has built a platform that hosts live events akin to the N.F.L., the United States Open or the X Games — and it has the audience to show for it.






Bits Digital Diary: On Instagram’s Hyperlapse, and Fast-Forwarding to the Future
Instagram’s new tool for capturing time-lapse video could provide a new prism through which people view and present themselves to the world.






Mental Floss Is Buoyed by Online Video
Mental Floss has become one of the magazine industry’s biggest video success stories by deploying a secret weapon — the author and YouTube star John Green.
NATO Set to Ratify Pledge on Joint Defense in Case of Major Cyberattack
For the first time, a cyberattack on any of the 28 NATO nations could be declared an attack on all of them, much like a ground invasion or an airborne bombing.
Bits Blog: Google Joins Amazon in Dreams of Drone Delivery
Who needs UPS trucks and bicycle delivery when you can fly in things people buy online?






Bits Blog: San Francisco Exhales During ‘Burning Man Exodus’
The event draws more than 50,000 people, many of whom are from the tech industry. And while they’re away, the city’s hard-to-get-into restaurants and bars aren’t so hard to get into.






DealBook: Top Bitcoin Proponent to Plead Guilty to Federal Charge
Charles Shrem, a leading backer of Bitcoin, is to plead to one federal count of aiding and abetting an unlicensed money transmitting business.






Hal Finney, Cryptographer and Bitcoin Pioneer, Dies at 58
Mr. Finney made advancing online privacy his life’s work, and he took part in the first Bitcoin transaction, when Satoshi Nakamoto sent him 10 Bitcoins.






Power Up: In E-Sports, Video Gamers Draw Real Crowds and Big Money
Professional video gaming is becoming a worldwide spectator sport offering big prizes to competitors and helping the game industry gain even greater cultural and economic clout.






ISIS Displaying a Deft Command of Varied Media
ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, is using every contemporary mode of messaging to recruit fighters, intimidate enemies and promote its claim to have established a caliphate.
Bits Blog: Lyft Says Uber’s Recruitment Efforts Are Hurting Drivers
In instances when Uber ambassadors take rides to recruit Lyft drivers, those Lyft drivers experience a considerable drop in pay, according to company data.






Bits Blog: Apple Appeals Judge’s Decision to Deny a Ban on Samsung Products
The smartphone giants Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop patent suits against each other outside the United States, but their fight here clearly isn’t over.






Q&A: How to Manage Google Location Tracking
Plus, writing about yourself on Wikipedia.
Bits Blog: Getting a Clear Picture of a Computer Network’s Security
It may be impossible to keep hackers out of a computer network. But one company offers a way to monitor threats once they get through the firewall.
Chief Executive of Rovio, Maker of Angry Birds Game, to Step Down
The move by Mikael Hed comes as the Finnish company struggles to respond to an increasing trend toward so-called freemium games.






Cultural Studies: Texting Anxiety Caused by Little Bubbles
The “typing awareness indicator,” or “I can see that you’re typing, and the suspense is killing me.”
DealBook: To Compete Against Alibaba, Wanda Joins Forces With Baidu and Tencent
Dalian Wanda, the Chinese conglomerate controlled by the billionaire Wang Jianlin, announced it would enter the e-commerce industry in an $800 million partnership with two of China’s biggest Internet companies.






Bits Blog: Questions for IBM’s Watson
IBM’s Watson keeps adding new features. But can it make money?






Bits | State of the Art: Uber and Lyft Have Become Indistinguishable Commodities
Though Uber and Lyft have become bitter enemies recently, in many places, they both offer ubiquitous, cheap and mostly high-quality service.






Digital Divide: Inequality and Web Search: Q. and A. With Google Researchers
Two researchers responded to readers’ comments and questions about a recent column on the different search patterns in richer and poorer areas.
Sharing Everything: Is Owning Overrated? The Rental Economy Rises
Entrepreneurs say the new way of consuming is part of a growing, post-recession movement to value experiences over possessions.






Bits Blog: Looking to the Future of Data Science
The future of data science lies beyond the big-data focus on predictions and recommendations, according to Oren Etzioni, a leading computer scientist.






Bits Blog: Ireland’s Data Privacy Regulator Will Have Global Sway
A five-person panel of civil servants and privacy experts will choose a data protection commissioner, who will have a large say in how Internet giants including Facebook and Apple use online information from roughly a billion users.
Bits Blog: With $30 Million More in Hand, IFTTT Looks to the Internet of Things
The idea behind the company, according to co-founder Linden Tibbets, is to give people more creative control over the many online services they use on a daily basis.






Irish Panel to Pick a Regulator With Global Reach in Overseeing Data Privacy
The commissioner will be responsible for protecting the rights of those who use technology services outside the United States, including many users of Facebook, LinkedIn and Apple.






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