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November 22, 2013, 5:30 PM

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Om Malik / Gigaom:
What is Instagram's next big thing?  Messaging, perhaps  —  Instagram, known as a visual communication platform, is looking for way to expand its appeal to its community of 200 million (and growing) users.  First it was short-form video and next up is messaging.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Turntable.fm Shutting Down So Company Can Focus On Turntable Live Events Platform  —  Today, Turntable.fm has announced that it will shut down its ‘virtual dj’ product entirely to focus on its new Turntable Live platform, which attempts to replicate the ‘being there’ experience of live performances.
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Motorola inks deal with 3D Systems to build its modular ‘Ara’ smartphones  —  When Motorola threw its weight behind Phonebloks' modular smartphone concept, it pretty much signaled to the rest of the industry that the Google company was dead serious about customization.
Michael McWhertor / Polygon:
id Software founder John Carmack resigns  —  John Carmack, co-founder and technical director at id Software, has left the company to focus his full-time attention on his role as chief technical officer at Oculus VR, according to a statement from Bethesda Softworks.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Sift Raises $2 Million For Its Personalized Shopping App, Now On iPhone  —  Mobile shopping service Sift has closed on $2 million in seed funding, the company is announcing today, alongside its launch on iPhone.  The startup first emerged almost exactly a year ago as a way to leverage shopping data found …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Microsoft to win EU okay for $7.3 billion Nokia deal: sources  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft is set to secure unconditional EU regulatory approval for its proposed 5.4-billion-euro ($7.30 billion) takeover of Nokia's mobile phone business, two people familiar with the matter said on Friday.
More: BGR, eWeek, CNET and WMPoweruser
Timothy J. Seppala / Engadget:
Some of iWork's missing features return with the latest update  —  Some of the features culled during iWork's 64-bit transition have reappeared with the productivity suite's latest update.  To start, Pages, Numbers and Keynote for OS X are regaining their sorely missed custom toolbars.
More: CNET and Softpedia News
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple Stores start selling Retina iPad mini to walk-in customers as regional carriers launch cellular models  —  Regional carriers are starting to announce availability for cellular models of Apple's new Retina iPad mini just as the company today started offering the device to walk-in customers.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
More Moolah for MOOCs: Coursera Raises Another $20M  —  After being founded just last year, online education startup Coursera turned heads this summer when it raised a $43 million Series B round.  —  Coursera's current business model is selling verified certificates that students have completed its classes.
Nicole Lee / Engadget:
Google Play update showcases big-screen optimized apps on tablets  —  As promised a month or so ago, Google Play is implementing a few changes today that'll push tablet-optimized apps to the forefront.  That is, if you're using a device not quite small enough to be considered a phone …
Scott Hanselman / Scott Hanselman's Blog:
Introducing node.js Tools for Visual Studio  —  Just when you thought it couldn't be crazier in Redmond, today they are introducing node.js Tools for Visual Studio!  —  NTVS runs inside VS2012 or VS2013.  Some node.js enthusiasts had forked PTVS and begun some spikes of node tools for VS …
Timothy B. Lee / The Switch:
Here's how Bitcoin charmed Washington  —  The pair of Bitcoin hearings held this week by Senate committees could have been a disaster for the Bitcoin community.  After all, Bitcoin first came to mainstream attention in 2011 when Gawker reported on Silk Road, an anonymous online marketplace …
Tweets: @stevesi and @btcfoundation
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Music Tech Company The Echo Nest Expands Into Ad Targeting  —  The Echo Nest, a “music intelligence” company whose technology powers recommendations in services like Rdio and Clear Channel's iHeartRadio, is now looking to help partners make money from advertising as well.

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