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September 15, 2014, 6:45 PM

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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 …
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 …
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft announces Windows 9 event in San Francisco on September 30th  —  Microsoft is preparing to detail its next major version of Windows.  We had been expecting the company to hold a press event later this month, and now it's official.  Microsoft will hold a “Windows event” in San Francisco on September 30th.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
The FBI just finished building its facial recognition system  —  The FBI's Next Generation Identification (NGI) system is now fully operational, after more than three years of development.  The bureau announced today that development on the project was complete, and it would be rolling …
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 …

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