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September 15, 2014, 4:00 PM

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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 …
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 …
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.
Phil Spencer / Xbox Wire:
Head of Xbox Phil Spencer: we will “grow the Minecraft community and nurture the franchise”, continue to make the game available on all existing platforms  —  Minecraft to Join Microsoft  —  By Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox  —  Today is an incredibly exciting day for our team …
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 …
Leo Kelion / BBC:
Google launches Android One smartphones for around $105 in India, supports seven local languages and offline YouTube playback  —  Android One smartphones released in India by three companies  —  The three new smartphones feature the Android One branding on their backs
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Ride-sharing service Sidecar raises $15M as it prepares for national expansion, adds Richard Branson as investor  —  Sidecar raises $15M to build 'world's largest transportation marketplace' as Richard Branson hops on as investor  —  Sidecar may not make quite as many headlines as Uber or Lyft …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Qualcomm Quietly Acquires AI-Based Image Recognition Startup Euvision  —  Another acquisition in the area of image recognition technology, and another exit for a European startup to a U.S. giant.  Qualcomm has acquired Euvision Technologies, a specialist in image recognition applications powered …

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