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New York Times’ Bilton, Author of ‘Hatching Twitter,’ to Pen Book on Silk Road Black Market

recode.net — First, software bugs. Now weapons and drugs. Nick Bilton, the New York Times journalist who penned the bestseller "Hatching Twitter," has inked a deal to write a book on the Silk Road, the Internet's underground black market, he announced today.

Coinbase to Open First U.S. Bitcoin Exchange

recode.net — Bitcoin is set for a big credibility boost. On Monday, the bitcoin startup Coinbase is set to open the first regulated bitcoin exchange based in the U.S., in a move that industry observers have long said could increase trust in the digital currency among U.S.

(Rap) Genius Considering Putting Ads on Its Site, CEO Says (Video)

recode.net — Genius, the text annotation site that started as Rap Genius, has produced way more controversy than revenue in its five-year life. Nearly $57 million in venture capital makes that possible. But Genius CEO Tom Lehman says the startup he founded with two friends from Yale is thinking long and hard about the right way to make money from the site.

Amazon Has Acquired Secretive Israeli Startup Annapurna Labs for its Data Center Business

recode.net — Amazon has agreed to purchase an Israeli startup that designs networking chips to help make data centers run more efficiently, the company said today. "We can confirm that Amazon agreed to acquire Annapurna Labs," a spokeswoman for Amazon's AWS unit told Re/code. The Israeli financial newspaper Calcalist first reported the talks between the companies.

Button Raises $12 Million to Build Bridges Between Apps

recode.net — Could 2015 be the year of "deep linking?" One startup trying to ride that wave is Button, a New York City-based company which is today announcing a $12 million Series A investment less than a year after its launch. Redpoint Ventures is leading the round and partner Chris Moore is joining Button's board of directors.

Gift Card Startup Raise Was Just Valued at Nearly a Billion Dollars

recode.net — Old ideas keep getting new life thanks to the proliferation of mobile phones. And a company called Raise, which runs an online marketplace for gift cards, is the latest startup to take advantage. The Chicago-based company announced on Thursday a giant $56 million investment led by NEA, just two months after announcing a separate $18 million round of funding.

eBay to Cut 2,400 Jobs and Explore Sale or IPO of Enterprise Unit

recode.net — EBay said today that it would cut about seven percent of its workforce globally in the first quarter as it looks to reduce costs ahead of its planned spinoff of PayPal. The company also said it would explore a sale or IPO for its eBay Enterprise unit, which provides online and brick and mortar retailers with software tools and warehousing and logistics services.

Fanatics, the Online Sports Retailer, Lands Nascar Deal to Run Superstores at Racetracks

recode.net — Fanatics, the online seller of licensed sports apparel, is taking a big plunge into the offline retail world. The privately-held company has landed a 10-year deal to operate giant superstores on site at all 38 Nascar Sprint Cup Series race weekends.

Amazon Pulls Its Line of Diapers Less Than Two Months After Launch

cnbc.com — Bloomberg Businessweek's Brad Stone reported in December that the Amazon diapers were being manufactured by a Canadian business called Irving Personal Care. An Amazon spokeswoman did not immediately reply to an email asking if the company would change diaper manufacturers. Read More Amazon is in trouble over tax...again The company's line of baby wipes is still for sale.

Amazon Pulls Its Line of Diapers Less Than Two Months After Launch

recode.net — Amazon's grand plan to sell its own line of diapers has crapped out after seven weeks. At least for now. On Wednesday, the e-commerce giant notified customers who had subscribed to shipments of its Amazon Elements line of diapers that sales of the poop-pouches were being discontinued for now.
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Jan 26, 2015

RT @mcdermott: "We have the full support of our editorial teams" Condé says in a story that does not quote any Condé editors.

Jan 26, 2015

@kenwheaton this is the most concerned about you I've ever been

Jan 26, 2015

It will be decades before scientists can explain this rare species of snow on display now: "black pavement"

Jan 26, 2015

RT @cpen: @DelRey I got that into a twitter blog post headline once. Biggest accomplishment to date really. blog.twitter.com/2011/weather-s…

Jan 26, 2015

If you thought @nickbilton's "Hatching Twitter" was a compelling read, I think you'll be excited for his next project recode.net/2015/01/26/new…

Jan 26, 2015

Can I still get away with using "so hot right now" in a headline? Asking for a 32-year-old journalist who's still obsessed with Zoolander

Jan 26, 2015

@M_Wein the inside of the church is a church in Manhattan.

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