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Adam Lashinsky / Fortune: Silicon Valley's view of Alibaba: a competitor only for investments, and a potential acquirer  —  How Silicon Valley sees Alibaba  —  Wall Street is seeing green this week regarding the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba.  It hopes to raise more than $20 billion.

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Michael Carney / PandoDaily: Paypal attacks Apple Pay security with full-page ad in NYT referencing recent iCloud celebrity photo hack  —  PayPal drops the gloves, calling out Apple's iCloud security in new payments ad  —  As the rumors of an Apple payments platform swirled leading up to last week's keynote …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Recruitment Trainwreck BranchOut In Talks To Be Acquired, May Sell Mobile Team To Hearst  —  BranchOut's story is a brutal lesson aboutthe risk of derailment when you build on someone else's platform.  After raising $49 million and growing to 33 million users, Facebook changed its viral channels leading BranchOut to starve.

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Ben Popper / The Verge: Why parents are raising their kids on Minecraft  —  Microsoft's latest purchase has remarkable intergenerational appeal  —  Back in June of 2011, David Pakman's daughter and son, at the time age 10 and eight, asked him for a copy of Minecraft.  “At the time I didn't know what that was …

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Wall Street Journal: Alibaba said to raise IPO price range to $66-68 a share, up from $60-66  —  Alibaba IPO Price Range Likely to Rise, Ma Says Firm to Expand Aggressively in U.S.  —  Leader of Chinese E-Commerce Firm Also Targeting Europe  —  Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma began the Asian leg …

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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.

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Brian Fung / Washington Post: FCC has now received 3M net neutrality comments, up 2X from last week; submissions end today  —  The FCC has now received 3 million net neutrality comments  —  The Federal Communications Commission has just released an updated count of how many comments it's received on net neutrality …

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Richard Salgado / Google Public Policy Blog: Transparency Report: Government demands for user info have risen 150% over the last five years  —  Today, we're updating our Transparency Report for the tenth time.  This update details the number of government demands we received for user information in criminal investigations during the first half of 2014.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Qualcomm Quietly Acquires AI-Based Image Recognition Startup Euvision  —  Another acquisition in the area of image recognition technology, and another exit for a European startup to a U.S. giant.  Qualcomm has acquired Euvision Technologies, a specialist in image recognition applications powered …

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Ben Thompson / stratechery: Minecraft fits into Nadella's new vision for Microsoft, but the Xbox business creates conflict  —  Microsoft's Good (and Potentially Great) Minecraft Acquisition  —  It's difficult to overstate what a big deal Minecraft it.  It's the third best-selling game of all time behind Tetris and Wii Sports …

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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 …

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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.

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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 …

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Harrison Weber / VentureBeat: Tumblr lifts ban on Bloglovin RSS reader with 30M users after blocking it for over five weeks  —  Tumblr unblocks RSS reader with 30 million users  —  Tumblr has lifted its ban of fashion-centric RSS reader Bloglovin after blocking the service for more than five weeks.

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Taylor Soper / GeekWire: 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, but the transportation startup is certainly still finding success.  That was made clear today with San Francisco company announcing …

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Ben Woods / The Next Web: WikiLeaks releases FinFisher ‘weaponized malware’ to help people build defenses  —  WikiLeaks has today released copies of ‘weaponized malware’ used by various governments around the world to snoop on individuals.  —  The FinFisher software is no stranger to controversy …

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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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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac: DisplayPort 1.3 announced w/ support for upcoming 5K displays, enhanced 4K performance  —  The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced today that it's introducing the latest DisplayPort technology that brings support for upcoming 5K monitors and more.

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Amy Schatz / Re/code: Govtech Fund launches with $23M for government startups, already invested in four companies  —  There's a New $23 Million Venture Fund for Government Startups  —  Startups focused on government don't exactly attract a deluge of early-stage investors, largely because of how hard it is to sell new products to unhurried bureaucrats.

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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 …

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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 …

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Silicon Valley hardware startup Kateeva raises $38M for flexible displays  —  Above: Kateeva uses inkjet printing to layer chemicals on flexible displays.  —  Kateeva has raised $38 million to build flexible displays using its inkjet printing technology.  Its technology could lead to bright …

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Tim Peterson / AdAge: Flipboard is testing fullscreen video ads; Jack Daniel's and Gucci amongst first advertisers  —  Flipboard Presses Play on Full-Page Video Ads  —  Gucci, Sony Pictures and Woodford Reserve Among First Brands to Test Ads  —  Flipboard's first video advertisers include Gucci and Sony Pictures' ‘Fury’

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Michael McGregor / The Kickstarter Blog: Kickstarter now available for projects in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Ireland  —  Kickstarter in Scandinavia and Ireland!  —  We're so excited to announce that Kickstarter is now available to creators in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Ireland — four countries with amazing cultural histories and creative populations.

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Wall Street Journal: Bill Gurley says Silicon Valley is taking on the most risk since 1999  —  Venture Capitalist Sounds Alarm on Startup Investing  —  Silicon Valley Has Taken on Too Much Risk, Gurley Says  —  Silicon Valley is a risk-driven place.  But over the past year, it may have taken on more than it can handle …

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