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CNET Update: Build your own Moto X smartphone

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CNET Update: Build your own Moto X smartphone

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Motorola teases a new smartphone that can be custom built, Facebook stickers launch on the Web, and Songza's music service puts a new spin on ads.

-You soon will be able to build your own smartphone. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. Motorola is finally opening up about the rumored Moto X smartphone. It's the first phone produced since Google acquire the company. We have no photos, but there is a teaser page online that says the Moto X is the first phone you can build yourself. The page to sign up for more information also says, "Today, you should have the freedom to design the things in your life to be as unique as you are." It is also said to be the first smartphone designed, engineered and assembled in America. But there's another Motorola phone that I've got in unintended early tease, the Droid Ultra. An incomplete page was temporarily published live on Motorola's website about a smartphone called the Droid Ultra. And while it was up, it said the Droid Ultra would be thin and as tough as steel. It also said it would be available in a bunch of glossy colors with a DuPont Kevlar body. Since it's called the Droid Ultra, you can figure it's gonna be sold by Verizon, which sells phones with the Droid branding. The page that it was published to announce as redirects to the homepage, so we'll have to wait to learn more. Get ready for a new rush of internet domain names. New York City is now the first place in the US to get its own top level domain with .NYC. Businesses can apply and their website urls with .NYC. Of course, .com will always be king. But it's just another option now for business owners who want something more unique than .biz. Expect more unique url domains from brands to rollout later this year. Facebook stickers can now be sent in private messages to other users from the website. Facebook first launch these goofy sticker expressions in April on Facebook smartphone apps. But now, these elaborate character emoticons can be sent from the website. You'll find 16 free packs of characters; just go to the smiley face icon when writing a private message. Click on the shopping cart for more sticker options. If you want to listen to songs for free, now you have to interact with an advertisement. The streaming music service has become very popular for its pre-built playlists that suit any type of mode you're in. Maybe you want a playlist for when you're stretching outside or background jams for your weekend barbecue. Songs at NowStream's half a billion songs every month. And to pay those royalties, songs that has a new twist. If you want to listen for free, you have to interact with an ad on the screen for a few seconds and then you get 24 hours of interruption-free listening. But you can also pay for club songs-- it eliminates all ads for the price of $1.00 a week. That's your tech news update. You can find more details at cnet.com/update from our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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