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September 15, 2014, 2:30 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
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 …
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 …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
T-Mobile to Upgrade iPhone “Test-Drive” Units to iOS 8, With iPhone 6 Coming  —  T-Mobile, which has been letting potential customers try out an iPhone 5s for free, says it wants to incorporate Apple's latest technology into its program.  —  The carrier told Re/code that it will start upgrading …
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.
Boing Boing:
Several Massachusetts libraries installing Tor on all public PCs, coordinating privacy classes  —  Radical Librarianship: how ninja librarians are ensuring patrons' electronic privacy … It's no secret that libraries are among our most democratic institutions.
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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 …

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