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November 22, 2013, 2:50 PM

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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.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Sheryl Sandberg Says Facebook Totally Doesn't Have a Teenager Problem  —  Perhaps you've heard: Facebook may — or may not — have a teen problem.  —  It's been the talk of the town since Facebook's last earnings call, when CFO David Ebersman admitted that in the past quarter, the company …
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: 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
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 …
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
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 …
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
Two Harvard University Alum Win Disupted Salesforce $1M Hackathon Prize At Dreamforce [Updated]  —  Two developers who met at Harvard University 15 years ago are the winners of the Salesforce.com $1 million hackathon for its service to create mobile reports for sales people using the Salesforce.com platform.
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 …
Jill Duffy / PC Magazine:
Automatically rising/falling Stir Kinect smart desk now on sale for $3890, ships February  —  Smart Sit-Stand Desk Goes on Sale for $3,900  —  My fingertips rise and fall about an inch over six seconds, as if my hands were resting on the chest of a sleeping person.  But I'm touching a desk, not a human.
Om Malik / Gigaom:
Qualcomm quakes: Sources say layoffs at mobile chip giant  —  Qualcomm, the mobile chip giant that eats competitors like Pac Man munches berries, is cleaning up its middle management ranks and is said to be making more cuts across the board in order to rein in expenses.
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
Dropbox updated with new design for iOS 7, AirDrop, and more  —  As first shown by 9to5Mac, Dropbox has updated its iOS app with an all-new design for iOS 7 and several new feature and improvements.  The update brings a streamlined iPad interface, improvements to the sharing process …
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.
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
Q&A: How calls and data aboard planes will work if FCC approves new rules  —  It's been a whirlwind month for air travelers.  On Oct. 31, the Federal Aviation Administration relaxed a long-standing ban on in-flight electronics.  Then, Europe expanded passenger access to 3G and 4G data services on aircraft.
More: Wall Street JournalTweets: @fromedome
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
TapCommerce Raises $10.5M To Compete In The Mobile Ad Retargeting “Land Grab”  —  Mobile ad retargeting startup TapCommerce is announcing that it has raised $10 million in Series A funding.  —  When I first spoke to co-founder and CEO Brian Long earlier this year, he described the company's approach …
Rachel Weber / GamesIndustry International:
Microsoft: We're working unbelievably hard to match demand  —  “I can only apologise in advance to anybody who is let down before Christmas,” says Xbox boss Phil Harrison … Q: This is the first time there have been two products like this launching simultaneously, and it feels like there's …

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