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November 8, 2014, 12:10 PM

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Mike Davidson / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter open sources its emoji set, which Automattic rolls out on Wordpress.com  —  Open sourcing Twitter emoji for everyone  —  Earlier this year, we collaborated with our friends at @Iconfactory on a set of 872 beautiful emojis so Tweets containing emoji characters would look as sharp on the web as they do in mobile apps.
Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
In unsealed court documents, Apple says it “bent over backwards” for GT Advanced, which accuses Apple of “bait-and-switch strategy”  —  GT Bankruptcy Provides Rare Look at Apple's Relationship With Suppliers  —  Apple is known for its incredibly tough contract terms …
Dan Thorp-Lancaster / Android Central:
Project Ara gets a competitor in modular phone startup ‘Vsenn’  —  It looks like Project Ara isn't the only modular phone project on the block anymore.  Vsenn, a company co-founded by a former Nokia Android X program manager, is getting in on the game as well.  —  Details are pretty light on what we can expect from the company.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Asus ZenWatch to go on sale in US on November 9th at Best Buy for $199  —  Asus To Begin Selling Android Wear-Powered ZenWatch In The U.S. Nov. 9  —  The Android Wear smartwatch collection is expanding, with a host of new devices hitting pre-holiday season after their initial debut this summer.
Jordan Maglich / Forbes:
Texas Man Arrested For $4.5 Million Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme  —  A Texas man has been arrested on wire fraud and securities fraud charges for his operation of what authorities allege was a Bitcoin-related Ponzi scheme that raised millions of dollars through a purported online digital hedge fund.
Samit Sarkar / Polygon:
Microsoft completes its $2.5B deal to acquire Minecraft developer Mojang  —  Microsoft officially owns Minecraft and developer Mojang now  —  Microsoft's $2.5 billion acquisition of Minecraft developer Mojang has officially closed, announced Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft's Xbox division, on Twitter today.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Uber hires Tom Fallows, who led Google's same-day delivery service Google Express  —  Uber Hires Google's Same-Day Delivery Boss  —  Tom Fallows, head of the Google Express same-day delivery service, is leaving for a job at Uber, multiple sources told Re/code.  —  Google confirmed Fallows's departure.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
This is Vudu Spark, Walmart's very own Chromecast competitor  —  Walmart is getting ready to sell its very own streaming stick, but the device is very much a one-trick pony.  —  Add Walmart to the list of companies that's trying to sell you a Chromecast-like HDMI streaming stick …

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