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September 14, 2014, 12:45 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.
More: MediumTweets: @startupljackson and @joshconstine
Spiegel Online:
Seeking to map the entire internet, NSA and GHCQ have broken into Deutsche Telekom networks  —  The NSA Breach of Telekom and Other German Firms  —  According to top-secret documents from the NSA and the British agency GCHQ, the intelligence agencies are seeking to map the entire Internet, including end-user devices.
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.
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Tim Cook on Charlie Rose: no plans for social networking; Apple's top competitor is Google  —  Tim Cook says Apple could have made a bigger iPhone ‘years ago’  —  Apple CEO tells Charlie Rose the company's been patient  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company could have made a larger iPhone long ago …
Timothy B. Lee / Vox:
Since Supreme Court's Alice decision, 11 lower court rulings have invalidated software patents  —  Software patents are crumbling, thanks to the Supreme Court  —  The Supreme Court's June ruling on the patentability of software — its first in 33 years — raised as many questions at it answered.
More: Patently-O, Techdirt and IPWatchdog.comTweets: @skupor
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
Joon Ian Wong / CoinDesk:
The ATM and the Battle for Bitcoin's Physical Interface  —  Two years ago, Zach Harvey and his brother, Josh, were saddled with a failing guitar shop selling vintage and handmade pieces in New Hampshire.  The guitar venture had once been a roaring success, but that had been in Tel Aviv …
Tweets: @coindesk
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Mashable:
Russian social network VKontakte starts shutting down accounts that promote ISIS  —  Russia's ‘Facebook’ Cracking Down on ISIS Accounts  —  The Islamic State may soon be running out of social networks  —  When Twitter ramped up its crackdown on several accounts in the wake of the brutal beheading …
Signe Brewster / Gigaom:
Airware partners with NASA to develop drone air traffic control system  —  The San Francisco startup develops hardware and software that help drones avoid collisions and safely return to their operators.  —  News broke last week that NASA is building an air traffic control system …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Pay Details: Apple Gets 0.15% Cut of Purchases, Higher Rates for Bluetooth Payments  —  Apple's ambitious new mobile payment initiative, Apple Pay, was announced on Tuesday during the company's iPhone event.  Many questions still linger about the service, but information is beginning …

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