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September 14, 2014, 8:35 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
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 …
More: GeekWire
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 …
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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