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September 14, 2014, 10:30 PM

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Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Source: Microsoft will announce $2.5B deal to buy Minecraft maker Mojang on Monday  —  Microsoft needs Minecraft to boost mobile ambitions  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft's impending purchase of Mojang, the Swedish developer with 100 million players of its open world Minecraft game …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Product Hunt Raises $6 Million From A16Z  —  Product Hunt, the aggregation site that many people consider a direct competitor to TechCrunch and other tech blogs due to its ability to surface new tech products and startups, has raised a hefty series A, we're hearing.
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Mat Honan / Wired:
A requiem for the click wheel iPod, discontinued after almost 13 years  —  On Death and iPods: A Requiem  —  Have you ever loved a car?  Maybe it was an old truck you drove for hundreds of thousands of miles, or maybe it was your very first car: where you had your very first beer and your very first kiss.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
T-Mobile CEO says Sprint is “not the enemy”, applauds new CEO's efforts to “stop the bleeding”  —  T-Mobile CEO on Sprint: 'Put a fork in it.  They're done'  —  In an interview, outspoken John Legere talks about the suddenly lively Sprint as a competitor …
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Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Steve Jobs and several other tech execs have imposed time limits on their kids' use of gadgets  —  Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent  —  When Steve Jobs was running Apple, he was known to call journalists to either pat them on the back for a recent article or, more often than not, explain how they got it wrong.
Kashmir Hill / Forbes:
NSA employees increasingly leave the agency to start security companies like Synack, Virtru, and Morta Security  —  The NSA Gives Birth To Start-Ups  —  Former NSA chief Keith Alexander has been sweating it out in the spotlight this summer for converting his spy cred into a lucrative …
Tanya Dua / Digiday:
Vimeo targets YouTube with nationwide TV commercial and updated iOS app for easier mobile uploads  —  The YouTube-ification of Vimeo: Now with more baby videos  —  If you've hopped on to the New York City L train recently, chances are that you've come across a sea of blue: shrink-wrapped subway cars, plastered with Vimeo messaging.
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Facebook is under fire from gay and transgender users who are being forced to use real names  —  There have been multiple reports that Facebook is forcing gay and transgender users to use their legal names instead of their online personas or chosen names, as part of a crackdown on pseudonyms, despite the danger this poses to some users

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