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BuzzFeed has come under fire for deleting thousands of old articles, which founder Jonah Peretti says didn’t live up to the kinds of standards the site wants to adhere to now. Should the company be criticized for doing this because it’s a journalistic no-no, or congratulated for evolving? Read more »

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Buying a Kindle Paperwhite? Make sure you get the latest model — which is identical to the version released last year, except with doubled internal storage. As pointed out by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader, the international product page for the Wi-Fi Kindle Paperwhite started sporting a banner earlier this summer pointing to a “current version” product page. Kindle fans on the MobileRead forums have confirmed the new page is for a 4GB Paperwhite, which was previously only available in Japan. Amazon told TechCrunch that this isn’t a new product — it’s the old Paperwhite, but with more storage.

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Could you have a “pay with bitcoin” button for your Uber sometime soon? The WSJ reported today that eBay’s payment unit Braintree is considering accepting bitcoin. Apparently the PayPal subsidiary has spoken to several companies including Coinbase about it, although there is no deal or timeline for implementation yet. The deal is allegedly limited only to Braintree — whose clients include Uber and Airbnb — and would not include eBay or PayPal yet. Braintree wouldn’t be the first business of its kind though to embrace the virtual currency; companies like Stripe and Shopify have already jumped on the bitcoin bandwagon.

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