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November 25, 2015, 1:00 PM

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Apple Has Acquired Faceshift, Maker Of Motion Capture Tech Used In Star Wars  —  As the market for virtual reality technology continues to grow, Apple has made an interesting acquisition that could further its role in the space.  TechCrunch has confirmed that Apple has snapped up Faceshift …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Google expects to launch Accelerated Mobile Pages, its version of Facebook's Instant Articles, early next year  —  Google says its version of Facebook's instant articles will arrive early next year  —  Last month Google introduced Accelerated Mobile Pages, its open-source program designed …
William Alden / BuzzFeed:
Some Zenefits salespeople in at least seven states have sold insurance without licenses, leading to a probe by regulator in Washington state  —  Startup Zenefits Under Scrutiny For Flouting Insurance Laws  —  The $4.5 billion startup allowed salespeople to act as insurance brokers …
David Pierce / Wired:
Fossil Q Founder Android Wear smartwatch available November 25 for $275, favors fashion over tech  —  Fossil's New Smartwatches Favor Fashion Over Tech  —  The designers at Fossil have been making watches and jewelry for decades.  When they set out to make their first smartwatch, though, they had to re-learn a few things.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Tor launches its first crowdfunding campaign as it seeks to be less reliant on US government funds  —  With US government as top donor, Tor Project looks to crowdfunding  —  Following up on goals set earlier this year, the Tor Project launched its first crowdfunding project today to expand …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Jet.com lands $350M in funding led by Fidelity and says it has verbal agreements for another $150M, at a $1B pre-money valuation  —  Jet.com Lands $350 Million in Funding, With $150 Million More Coming  —  Jet.com has closed $350 million in new funding, and says it has verbal agreements for another $150 million.
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
Microsoft reverses course: its media creation tool now installs latest Windows 10 version  —  Microsoft reverses course, restores downloads of Windows 10 November Update  —  Last weekend, Microsoft suddenly pulled its online tool for downloading the latest Windows 10 installation files.
Mark Bergen / Re/code:
Google is burying results from competitors like Yelp and TripAdvisor beneath its own in local search; Google says it's a bug  —  Google Says Local Search Result That Buried Rivals Yelp, TripAdvisor Is Just a Bug  —  Over the weekend, executives from public Internet companies Yelp …

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