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November 22, 2013, 8:55 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.
Jacob Hoffman-Andrews / Twitter Engineering Blog:
Twitter enables forward secrecy to avoid snooping, joining Google, Mozilla, and Facebook  —  Forward Secrecy at Twitter  —  As part of our continuing effort to keep our users' information as secure as possible, we're happy to announce that we recently enabled forward secrecy for traffic on twitter.com …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple starts selling unlocked, SIM-free iPhone 5s in the U.S.  —  Apple today released an unlocked GSM version of the iPhone 5s on its online store for the United States.  This version of the iPhone 5s includes the same exact capabilities of the non-unlocked models, but does not include a SIM card.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Google in Talks to Create Prescription Lenses, Designs for Google Glass  —  Internet Giant Exploring Ways to Put High-Tech Eyewear in Optometry Offices  —  Google Inc. 's new computer-powered glasses haven't hit the shelves yet, but already efforts are afoot to keep them from becoming just a niche product for nerds.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Apple Designer Jony Ive Explains What Steve Jobs Taught Him About Making Great Products  —  Apple's design boss Jony Ive and designer Marc Newson curated a collection of products they'll auction off at Sotheby's for U2 singer Bono's AIDs charity, (RED).  —  There are a bunch of cool things …
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.
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.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Android 4.4 KitKat now rolling out to Moto X on T-Mobile and AT&T  —  Verizon Wireless stunned everyone earlier this week when it became the first carrier to bring Android 4.4 KitKat to the Moto X. The update — which came even before Google's own Nexus 4 received it — was a noticeable change …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
What Mozilla is doing with its big pile of new money (Q&A)  —  Mozilla has embarked on an expensive new effort to build an entirely new mobile operating system, Firefox OS, despite the dominance of Apple's iOS and Google's Android.  It's a good thing Mozilla's got piles of new money on hand.

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