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Pinterest Loses Head of Engineering Jon Jenkins

Jon Jenkins, the head of engineering that Pinterest hired from Amazon a little over a year ago, has left the company, as TechCrunch noted based on a Quora explanation he posted. Jenkins said he wanted to do his own startup. Said Pinterest, “We’d like to thank JJ for his contribution to Pinterest and wish him all the best on his next project. We feel fortunate to have leaders within engineering who are ready to step up and run the organization while we recruit for a permanent head of engineering.”

AOL’s Susan Lyne on Trying to Make Bank With Online Content and More! (Video)

Also, what’s up with Patch?
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Is AOL Finally Making Money From Content? Maybe!

For years, AOL has emphasized its content, but made all of its profit selling Internet access (!). That may finally be changing.
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Mark Zuckerberg Has Some Advice for Twitter’s IPO: Don’t Be Afraid

Words of wisdom from the CEO who survived one ugly consumer-tech IPO.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the Facebook Home launch event.

Apple’s September 10 iPhone Reveal Set to Disrupt a Bunch of Other Tech Events

Intel’s developer conference, TechCrunch Disrupt and a Seattle-area mobile conference are among the industry events also set to take place on what is turning out to be a very busy day in tech.
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Trade Journalism

Instead of trying to shame tech blogs into covering Silicon Valley more critically, let’s stop holding them to the standards of traditional journalism and start thinking of them instead as trade publications.

— From a story in NYMag by Kevin Roose largely about TechCrunch and PandoDaily

Big Media Flexes Its Muscle, and Justin Timberlake Sells a Lot of Music

It helps that he can sing and dance. But it also helps that he’s got a huge machine behind him. Also: About those iTunes charts …
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Exclusive: AOL Poised to Hire Susan Lyne to Run All Content Brands, Except HuffPo

Executive musical chairs at the New York Internet company.
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Twitter Launches Long-Awaited Advertising API

Twitter is officially launching its ads API, which will allow marketers to buy Twitter ads via tools provided by third-party service companies. That’s an important step toward scaling its ad business, and one that helped boost Facebook’s revenue as it traveled down a similar path. Twitter is launching the tool in conjunction with five partners: Adobe, HootSuite, Salesforce, Shift and TBG Digital. TechCrunch predicted the move late last month.

Just.me App Wants to Be a Switchboard Operator for All Your Messaging Needs

Do you use WhatsApp, Path, Instagram, Evernote, Facebook, Twitter and a billion more apps? Just.me thinks it could just be your one and only.
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Spotify Up to 5 Million Paid Subscribers

AOL Finally Lands on YouTube