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November 11, 2014, 7:45 PM

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Daniel Ek / Spotify Blog:
Spotify has paid music industry $2B to date, $1B since last year; has 12.5M paying subscribers; top artists to exceed $6M/year in payments  —  $2 Billion and Counting  — A blog post written by CEO Daniel Ek (@eldsjal)  —  Taylor Swift is absolutely right: music is art, art has real value, and artists deserve to be paid for it.
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Apple to face lawsuit claiming it failed to disclose that iMessage would obstruct texts after customers switched to non-Apple devices  —  Apple must face U.S. lawsuit over vanishing iPhone text messages  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) was ordered to face a U.S. federal lawsuit claiming …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Yahoo to Acquire Video Ad-Tech Firm BrightRoll for $640 Million  —  Yahoo announced a deal to acquire BrightRoll, a programmatic video-advertising platform, for $640 million in cash.  The deal will combine Yahoo's desktop and mobile video advertising inventory with BrightRoll's platform and publisher relationships.
Juro Osawa / Wall Street Journal:
Alibaba, Apple Talks on Payments Tie-Up Focused on China  —  Alibaba's Joseph Tsai Says Both Companies Are Working Out Details on Potential Partnership  —  A senior Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. executive said Tuesday that a payment alliance between Apple Inc. and the Chinese e-commerce giant's …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Mark Cuban-Backed Ocho Launches Its Social Network For Eight-Second Videos  —  According to Jourdan Urbach, co-founder of social video startup Ocho, “There really isn't anything out there that's just a solid social video platform.”  —  That might come as a surprise to users of Vine …
Aaron Souppouris / Engadget:
Groupon says it will change the name of its point-of-sale OS to avoid trademark dispute with GNOME foundation  —  Groupon says it's ended its trademark spat with open-source community (update)  —  Well, this could get messy.  The GNOME project is a well-known free and open-source desktop environment for Linux distros.
Geoffrey Smith / Fortune:
U.S., China reach deal to expand free trade in tech products  —  It's time to look forward to cheaper video game consoles, GPS devices, wireless headsets and a whole load of other high-tech goods-although not in time for this holiday season.  —  The U.S. and China reached …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google launches Fiber for Small Business, available in select areas of Kansas City for $100 per month  —  Google today launched Google Fiber for Small Business, finally opening up itself as an ISP for companies.  The rollout is starting with an Early Access Program in select areas of central Kansas City, available for $100 per month.

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