Minecraft Officially Joins Microsoft

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That deal for Mojang is going through, and Notch is leaving the company. In his announcement, Persson said,

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, but I don't make games with the intention of them becoming huge hits, and I don't try to change the world. Minecraft certainly became a huge hit, and people are telling me it's changed games. I never meant for it to do either. It's certainly flattering, and to gradually get thrust into some kind of public spotlight is interesting.

As soon as this deal is finalized, I will leave Mojang and go back to doing Ludum Dares and small web experiments. If I ever accidentally make something that seems to gain traction, I'll probably abandon it immediately.

Meanwhile, Microsoft celebrates their huge acquisition in the video above.

Microsoft News of the Day: Satya Nadella Named CEO

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Microsoft Corp. today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Satya Nadella as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors effective immediately. Nadella previously held the position of Executive Vice President of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise group.

"During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella," said Bill Gates, Microsoft's Founder and Member of the Board of Directors. "Satya is a proven leader with hard-core engineering skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together. His vision for how technology will be used and experienced around the world is exactly what Microsoft needs as the company enters its next chapter of expanded product innovation and growth."

Since joining the company in 1992, Nadella has spearheaded major strategy and technical shifts across the company's portfolio of products and services, most notably the company's move to the cloud and the development of one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world supporting Bing, Xbox, Office and other services. During his tenure overseeing Microsoft's Server and Tools Business, the division outperformed the market and took share from competitors.

Health Tech of the Day: Microsoft 'Smart Bra' Helps Women Stay Healthy

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Microsoft is developing a bra designed to help women with both their emotional and physical health. The sensors inside it detect heart rate, sweat, and stress levels which indicate the potential for over-eating. The bra can also connect to your smart phone to send you a "mood-triggered eating alert" as well as give you suggestions on how to redirect your brain to do something else.


The idea of a 'smart undergarment' has been marketed to women because of research that says they are most likely to emotionally over-eat. The current prototypes are not perfect; the battery life only lasts 3 to 4 hours.

Controversy of the Day: Killer Instinct Was a Little Too Killer

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Controversy of the Day: Killer Instinct Was a Little Too Killer
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Microsoft just can't seem to catch a break this year. Already up against a tough crowd following the lukewarm reception of the XBox One unveiling, the latest strike against the company comes from yesterday's demo match of Killer Instinct, an upcoming reboot of the 1994 fighting arcade game, during which the male presenter (and the producer of the game) told his struggling female colleague and co-host to "just let it happen, it'll be all over soon." For more deets, check out Know Your Meme's coverage of E3 2013.

Microsoft Resignation of the Day

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Karen X. Chang quit Microsoft this week after three years working on Excel code. Of course, as an amateur musician, she chose to offer her resignation to her team in a song.

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