John Battelle's Top Stories

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  1. Amazon Curtails Development of Consumer Devices Inc. flamed out with critics and consumers last year in its first attempt at a smartphone. Now, rather than forge ahead, as it has with other projects, such as its Kindle tablets, the online retailer is retrenching. In recent weeks...
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  2. Almost None of the Women in the Ashley Madison Database Ever Used the Site
    When hacker group Impact Team released the Ashley Madison data, they asserted that “thousands” of the women’s profiles were fake. Later, this number got blown up in news stories that asserted “90-95%” of them were fake, though nobody put forth any...
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  3. Lessons From the Murders of TV Journalists in the Virginia Shooting
    Photo A supporter of open carry gun laws wears a pistol he prepares for a rally in Austin. Credit Eric Gay/Associated Press The slaying of two journalists Wednesday as they broadcast live to a television audience in Virginia is still seared on our...
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  4. I Had a Baby and Cancer When I Worked at Amazon. This Is My Story
    I Had a Baby and Cancer When I Worked at Amazon. This Is My Story Last Saturday, I read the 6,000-word New York Times piece, “Inside Amazon,” in the car on my way to the beach. I sat quietly in the front seat, glued to my phone while my husband...
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  5. We’re now averaging more than one mass shooting per day in 2015
    Aug. 26 is the 238th day of the year. And with the fatal shooting in Virginia today — in which a gunman shot himself after killing two reporters and wounding one more person — plus the shooting of four during a Minneapolis home invasion, the number...
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