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Microsoft buys Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5 billion

The rumors turned out to be true. Minecraft is about to become a Microsoft property.

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Chromebooks gain Chromecast streaming for Google Drive-stored videos

Chromebook users can now cast videos stored in Google Drive to their Chromecast--as long as they're running the dev version of Chrome OS, that is.

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How to make webmail your default email in Chrome, Firefox, and Opera

Tired of seeing Outlook fire up every time you accidentally click a mailto link? Here's how to stop the madness and make those links useful.

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SanDisk's new SD card has an insane 512GB of storage

Yes, that's more than half a terabyte of storage capacity on a freaking SD card.

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Windows 9 video leak shows option to kill Start page entirely

Another day, another Windows 9 leak. This time it's not just screenshots, but a live-action video showing how the Start menu works.

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Internet Slowdown Day by the numbers: The people spoke about Net Neutrality

More than half a million new comments are on their way to the FCC, lobbying against the regulatory body's Open Internet guidelines.

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Android app refund window officially upped to two hours in Google Play Store

In early August, it seemed like Google Play's return window increased to two hours. Now it's official: it has.

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Verizon, Sprint announce competing iPhone 6 deals

The carriers are battling hard for your iPhone 6 purchase. Verizon just announced a new trade-in deal following aggressive announcements from Sprint and T-Mobile, and Sprint wants to be your iPhone pusher for life.

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Internet Slowdown Day FAQ: How Netflix, Wordpress, and other web giants are fighting for Net Neutrality

Another day, another Internet protest in the continuing cat and mouse game between supporters and detractors of net neutrality.

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Turn your smartphone into a remote control for your torrent client

Many major torrent clients make it easy to add a (legal) torrent to your PC while on the go. Here's how to do it.

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Sprint, T-Mobile out competing trade-in programs ahead of new iPhone 6 debut

Ahead of Tuesday's iPhone 6 launch, both Sprint and T-Mobile are looking to lure you away from your current carrier with attractive device trade-in deals.

on techhive.com

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Comcast's open Wi-Fi hotspots inject ads into your browser

Comcast wants you to be sure you're connecting to an authentic Xfinity hotspot, so it's injecting JavaScript ads into your browser.

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Spotify video ads inbound: Watch a 30-sec mobile ad, get 30 minutes of nonstop music

Spotify is all about audio, but soon ads on the streaming service won't be.

on techhive.com

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Automate your morning programs with Windows Task Scheduler

Windows' Task Scheduler makes it easy to have your PC do some of your work for you while you get your morning coffee.

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Forget Windows 9 and Windows Phone: Will it all be called just plain 'Windows'?

Microsoft appears to be getting away from version branding with its Windows Phone products. Is this the start of a bigger shift in Microsoft's naming conventions for Windows?