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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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AnandTech: State of Thunderbolt on PC: motherboard makers don't integrate support, Microsoft uninterested  —  IDF 2014: Where is Thunderbolt Headed?  —  Coverage of Thunderbolt devices has been expanded on our site over the last few months.  At IDF, we took the opportunity to chat with Intel about where Thunderbolt was headed.

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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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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 …

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Larry Dignan / ZDNet: Microsoft buys Mojang, Minecraft: Five reasons it makes strategic sense  —  Summary: Microsoft's purchase of Minecraft creator Mojang appears to be strategically sound and lines up with the company's mobile ambitions as well as the need to cultivate future customers Windows as well as its cloud properties.

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Owen Hill / Mojang: Mojang's founders to leave the company after Microsoft's 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 your opinions mirrored those of the Mojangstas when we heard the news.

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Phil Spencer / Xbox Wire: Minecraft to Join Microsoft  —  By Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox  —  Today is an incredibly exciting day for our team as Mojang and the Minecraft franchise join Microsoft.  Minecraft is one of the most popular video games of all time, with more than 100 million downloads, on PC alone, from players since its launch in 2009.

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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.

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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 …

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Brett King / Finextra: Apple Pay cements NFC as the industry standard, accelerates the shift toward ubiquitous mobile payments  —  Africa, ApplePay and the iPhone 6: Resistance is futile  —  If you've followed my bullish ramblings on mobile payments here at Finextra, you'll know that talk of the coming ubiquitousness …

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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

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Jon Russell / The Next Web: Netflix makes its much-anticipated debut in France  —  Netflix has finally said ‘bonjour’ to France after the video-on-demand site marked its long-awaited arrival in the country, another part of its ambitious European expansion program.  —  Announced via a tweet, Netflix's imminent arrival …

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Christopher Williams / Telegraph: With no remaining carrier partners, UK phone retailer Phones 4U set to close its 720 outlets  —  Phones 4U collapses into administration as EE is final operator to hang up  —  Retailer's 720 outlets will not open on Monday, with 5,596 staff to be briefed by management …

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