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September 14, 2014, 3:10 PM

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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
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 …
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.
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
Mark Harris / IEEE Spectrum:
How Google set some test parameters when it passed Nevada's autonomous vehicle testing license exam in 2012  —  How Google's Autonomous Car Passed the First U.S. State Self-Driving Test  —  Regulations governing Google's experimental self-driving cars will come into effect on California's roads starting 16 September.
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
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
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 …
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 …

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