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Project Ara's build-it-yourself phone has us excited about mobile again (The 3:59, Ep. 49)

We get into the idea of a DIY phone, debate whether we're trapped in a Google-Apple world and look at a feud between Tinder and 3nder. Also, Hodor.

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A Lego-version of a smartphone? Bring it on.

We discuss the notion of a modular smartphone built by Google's Project Ara and ponder whether this is something people really want. If nothing else, it's a great way to get us excited about the phone business again.

Also, we look at the failure of Acadine, yet another challenger to iOS and Android, and wonder if we're trapped in a Google-Apple world. Is that such a bad thing?

In the realm of ridiculous news, we also talk about Tinder's bizarre lawsuit over rival 3nder (a Tinder for folks looking for, yes, threesomes).

Also, Hodor.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by CNET Executive Editor Roger Cheng, Senior Writer Ben Fox Rubin and Producer Bryan VanGelder.

Project Ara's build-it-yourself phone has us excited about mobile again (The 3:59, Ep. 49)

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