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November 22, 2014, 4:35 PM

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Felix Gillette / Businessweek:
Behind PayPal-owned mobile payments app Venmo, which processed $700M in payments in Q3 2014  —  Mobile Payment Startup Venmo is Killing Cash  —  Kristen Geil, a writer for an Internet marketing firm in Chicago, heard about Venmo for the first time two summers ago.
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Lauren Schwartzberg / Fast Company:
The Oral History of The Poop Emoji (Or, How Google Brought Poop to America)  —  Everyone's favorite emoji began in Japan.  But without Google, it may have stayed there.  —  If the story of the poop emoji's rise were told in emojis, it would look like this:
More: Engadget
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Eyes-on with Streaming Photoshop: Adobe's plan to bring PS to the cloud  —  We have seen Photoshop work in a browser, and it looked pretty good.  “Streaming Photoshop” is Adobe and Google's plan to bring the incomparable photo editor to Chrome OS and the Chrome Browser.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Acquires Photo Startup Cooliris  —  Photo app-maker Cooliris just announced that it has been acquired by Yahoo.  —  It's been a long road to this exit.  Cooliris was founded back in 2006 and was initially known for creating a “3D wall” for navigating photos and other media content.
Lane Wood / Medium:
Pando founder Sarah Lacy's allusions to physical threats distort media narrative on Uber scandal  —  Here ego again.  —  There's something unsettling about all this Uber stuff.  —  Maybe it's the fact that I have to wade through all the technorati tweets about “#Ubergate” …
Financial Times:
European parliament draft motion says breakup of Google should be considered  —  Google break-up plan emerges from Brussels  —  The European parliament is poised to call for a break-up of Google, in one of the most brazen assaults so far on the technology group's power.
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Samsung Files Complaint to Block Nvidia Chips From U.S.  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) is seeking to block computer-graphics chips made by Nvidia Corp. (NVDA) from the U.S. market, escalating a battle begun after licensing talks failed.  —  Samsung filed a complaint today against Nvidia …
Derek Walter / Greenbot:
Google Maps 9.1 for Android now displays local weather, time, and tips about your destination  —  Google Maps 9.1 is a rather minor update, compared to the major Material Design overhaul in 9.0.  —  But it turns out there are some useful features tucked away, especially if you rely on the app …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Assembly raises $2.9M for a platform letting anyone contribute to projects and share profits  —  With Assembly, anyone can contribute to open-source software and actually get paid  —  A new startup wants to evolve open-source methods, adding a wide range of skills and profit sharing
Elyse Betters / Pocket-lint:
Pebble Android app update brings support for full notifications and more languages  —  Pebble is on a roll.  —  Despite kicking off the week with handy apps like Domino's Tracker and PayPal, the smartwatch maker has yet another announcement up its sleeve: an update for the Pebble Android app …

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