Stories for Aug. 15, 2014

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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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The YouTube app on your television may be getting a makeover: Google has updated the interface for its YouTube App for TV to reduce the number of clicks needed to get around menus armed only with a remote control. The update has already rolled out to Microsoft’s Xbox One, and will head to other streaming devices “in the following weeks.” The new interface relocates subscriptions to channels and videos to a menu on the left hand side, like on the web, and it also puts a search bar on the top of the default home page. You can check out a preview of the interface in your browser here.

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Details aren’t yet available on the reason, but Motorola will hold a press event in Chicago on September 4. If I had to guess, the Moto 360 running Android Wear is a sure bet to debut as the company previously said the smartwatch would arrive this summer. It’s also been just more than a year since Motorola introduced its Moto X flagship phone, which is now due for a refresh. Recent leaks indicated the X+1 will use a speedy Snapdragon 805 chip; the same silicon inside competing flagships from Samsung and HTC.

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