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September 15, 2014, 11:00 PM

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Markus Persson / notch.net:
Markus “Notch” Persson on selling and leaving Mojang: “It's not about the money. It's about my sanity.”  —  I'm leaving Mojang  —  September 15th, 2014 I don't see myself as a real game developer.  I make games because it's fun, and because I love games and I love to program …
Owen Hill / Mojang:
Mojang's founders Markus “Notch” Persson, Carl Manneh, and Jakob Porsér to leave the company after Microsoft acquisition  —  Yes, we're being bought by Microsoft  —  Yes, the deal is real.  Mojang is being bought by Microsoft.  —  It was reassuring to see how many of …
Microsoft Corporation:
Microsoft buys Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5B  —  Minecraft to join Microsoft  —  Iconic cross-platform franchise to become part of Microsoft Studios.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Mojang, the celebrated Stockholm-based game developer, and the company's iconic “Minecraft” franchise.
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Why parents are raising their kids on Minecraft  —  Microsoft's latest purchase has remarkable intergenerational appeal  —  Back in June of 2011, David Pakman's daughter and son, at the time age 10 and eight, asked him for a copy of Minecraft.  “At the time I didn't know what that was …
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft announces Windows 9 event in San Francisco on September 30th  —  Microsoft is preparing to detail its next major version of Windows.  We had been expecting the company to hold a press event later this month, and now it's official.  Microsoft will hold a “Windows event” in San Francisco on September 30th.
Apple:
Apple Announces Record Pre-orders for iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus Top Four Million in First 24 Hours  —  Available in More Than 20 Additional Countries on Friday, September 26  —  Apple® today announced a record number of first day pre-orders of iPhone® 6 and iPhone 6 Plus …
Michael Carney / PandoDaily:
Paypal attacks Apple Pay security with full-page ad in NYT referencing recent iCloud celebrity photo hack  —  “We the people want our money safer than our selfies.”  PayPal goes after Apple in a full page NYT ad  —  As the rumors of an Apple payments platform swirled leading up to last week's keynote …
Wall Street Journal:
Bill Gurley says Silicon Valley is taking on the most risk since 1999, will see high-profile failures in the next year or two  —  Venture Capitalist Sounds Alarm on Startup Investing  —  Silicon Valley Has Taken on Too Much Risk, Gurley Says  —  Silicon Valley is a risk-driven place.
Christina Farr / Reuters:
Stanford, Duke University hospitals to launch HealthKit trials with diabetics, other patients  —  Exclusive: Two Apple medical trials shed light on how HealthKit will work  —  (Reuters) - Two prominent U.S. hospitals are preparing to launch trials with diabetics and chronic disease patients …
Derrick Harris / Gigaom:
Facebook launches an open source organization and releases new routing tech  —  Facebook is upping the ante in the open source world, announcing on Monday a new open source technology for routing data across server caches, and also a new open organization (along with other big-name companies) to help foster open source efforts.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Panasonic puts a 1-inch sensor and a Leica lens on new CM1 smartphone  —  Seeking to set a new benchmark for the cameraphone category  —  Panasonic has made the biggest news of Photokina so far with the announcement of its new Lumix CM1 Android smartphone.
WikiLeaks:
WikiLeaks releases copies of FinFisher malware governments reportedly use to spy on journalists, political dissidents, and others  —  SpyFiles 4  —  Today, 15 September 2014, WikiLeaks releases previously unseen copies of weaponised German surveillance malware used by intelligence agencies around …
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Apple makes it easier to delete the new U2 album from iTunes libraries  —  Responds to controversy around ‘Songs of Innocence’ being pushed to people's devices with new web removal tool  —  Apple has responded to criticism of its deal to give away U2's new album to iTunes users by making …
Microsoft:
Steve Gleason keeps his eyes on the prize  —  For pro-football hero Steve Gleason, being diagnosed with ALS sparked a renewed passion for life that's proven highly contagious.  Read how he's working with Microsoft on technology solutions that make a difference for people with ALS, including a wheelchair you can control with your eyes.
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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
500px Co-Founder And Former CEO Ousted From The Startup  —  Toronto's 500px photo portfolio site and marketplace is undergoing some major changes, as co-founder Oleg Gutsol is out from the company he started.  The executive shared the information on Facebook on Monday, saying that he was …
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Recruitment Trainwreck BranchOut In Talks To Be Acquired, May Sell Mobile Team To Hearst  —  BranchOut's story is a brutal lesson about the risk of derailment when you build on someone else's platform.  After raising $49 million and growing to 33 million users, Facebook changed its viral channels leading BranchOut to starve.

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Microsoft:
Steve Gleason keeps his eyes on the prize  —  For pro-football hero Steve Gleason, being diagnosed with ALS sparked a renewed passion for life that's proven highly contagious.  Read how he's working with Microsoft …
VMware:
Why Run Your Exchange Environment In A Hybrid Cloud Model?  —  VMware vSphere has always been a premier destination for virtualizing packaged applications like Microsoft SharePoint and Exchange.
Zoho:
Extended Social Capabilities With Zoho Sites  —  The best websites are the ones that enable visitors to spread the good word easily and social networks usually do this the best.  For businesses, social media …
Syncano:
6 Reasons Why We Love React.js  —  Our front-end team loves trying new things.  New frameworks, new build tools... anything that makes our work more efficient deserves my attention.

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