Beyond Tampa Bay: Microsoft buys Minecraft makers for $2.5B

Published Sep. 16, 2014

Microsoft will acquire the maker of the long-running hit game Minecraft for $2.5 billion as the company continues to invest in its Xbox gaming platform and looks to grab attention on mobile phones. The technology company said it will buy Stockholm-based game maker Mojang in a deal expected to close in late 2014. Minecraft, which lets users build in and explore a Lego-like virtual multiplayer world, has been downloaded 100 million times on PC alone since its launch in 2009. It is the most popular online game on Xbox, and the top paid app for Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating system in the United States.

Apple had more than 4 million advance orders of its new, larger iPhones in the first 24 hours, exceeding its initial supply, the company said Monday. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be delivered to customers starting Friday and throughout September, but many won't be delivered until October, Apple said. Phones will still be available Friday on a walk-in basis at Apple retail stores, various wireless carriers and authorized Apple resellers.

Urban Outfitters apologized Monday for its blood-red-stained Kent State sweat shirt, which was briefly offered for $129. The one-of-a-kind items were decorated with a blood spatter-like pattern, reminiscent of the 1970 "Kent State Massacre" that left four people dead. Urban Outfitters claimed the bright red stains and holes, which certainly seemed to suggest blood, were simply "discoloration from the original shade of the shirt and the holes are from natural wear and fray." The statement added: "We deeply regret that this item was perceived negatively."

Surge, a citrus-flavored Mountain Dew knockoff that was discontinued by Coke about 12 years ago, has reappeared in limited supply. The only place to get it: A sweet and caffeinated green soda, Surge will be sold in 12-packs of 16-ounce cans printed with the original graphics for $14. Coke said it may expand the drink to other retailers and add to the campaign, depending on how consumers react.