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3 ways Microsoft can ruin Minecraft, and 3 ways it can make Mojang even better

Microsoft's $2.5 billion acquisition of Mojang could give it the money to take Minecraft to the next level, or it could shackle it with proprietary restrictions. Let's hope for the former.

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Here's Markus 'Notch' Persson's farewell letter to Minecraft fans

Microsoft is buying Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5 billion, and Notch is saying goodbye.

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Leaked Windows 9 video shows new virtual desktops feature in action

Rejoice, PC power users: It looks like virtual desktops may finally be coming to Windows 9.

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Windows 9 leaks: How to get its best new features today

A Start Menu, the ability to run Metro apps in desktop windows, and more are coming to Windows 9, but you can get the best features today thanks to some helpful software.

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Microsoft is killing the Nokia and Windows Phone names, reports say

In the future, Lumias will just run plain old Windows, according to multiple reports.

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Microsoft may buy Minecraft maker Mojang for $2 billion

A fun twist: The head of Mojang once told Microsoft to "stop trying to ruin the PC as an open platform."

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U2 releases new, full album 'Songs of Innocence' for free exclusively on Apple's iTunes

All half billion-plus iTunes users are getting U2's 'Songs of Innocence' for absolutely nothing.

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Samsung's Gear VR priced at $200 (plus a Galaxy Note 4)

Sure, the Gear VR's $200 price doesn't sound exorbitant on the surface, but being a pioneer in the wire-free world of mobile virtual reality won't be cheap all told.

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Why Steve Ballmer wrote Windows' classic Crtl+Alt+Delete text himself

Windows 3.x's Crtl+Alt+Delete menu was a blue screen, but not THE blue screen.

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10 hilarious, brutally devious ways game developers punish pirates

The Sims 4's encroaching pixelization is the latest in a long line of hilarious anti-piracy efforts.

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Final Oculus Rift pricing, hardware teased as Gear VR reveals Oculus-ready interface

And even better: The final hardware design for the consumer version of the Oculus Rift is already locked in.

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Dell's 27-inch 5K monitor packs almost twice the pixels of 4K displays

Dell's 5K monitor is just as pixel dense as Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina Display laptops, but much, much bigger.

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Best of IFA: The eye-catching new gear you need to see, from dirt-cheap PCs to smartwatches galore

The annual IFA trade show in Berlin was home to a slew of big-name gadget reveals. Here's a rundown of the devices you need to know about.

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At IFA, Microsoft counters Chromebooks, Android with dirt-cheap Windows devices

The new era of dirt-cheap Windows PCs and tablets is here after months of preparation.

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Samsung teams with Oculus for Gear VR, a wire-free mobile VR headset (with a catch)

Now you can walk in other worlds when you're walking through the real world... if you have a Galaxy Note 4.