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Microsoft Build: the annual conference for software engineers and web developers using any of the firm’s growing products and services list took place last week in Seattle, Washington

Microsoft is occupying what might be described as a “limbotic” space of branding oblivion only another colossus multinational could identify with. Inc(...)

Minecraft, originally released in 2011 after two years of experimental versions, was acquired by Microsoft via its purchase of software company Mojang in 2014. Photograph: Bloomberg

Microsoft is adding a new marketplace and a currency within Minecraft, opening up the opportunity for businesses to sell their original content and cr(...)

Investor Klaus Hommels at his venture capital firm, Lakestar, in Berlin: “We won’t be afraid to back start-ups with high valuations if we can accelerate their growth.” Photograph: Robbie Lawrence/ The New York Times

Klaus Hommels has invested in some of Europe’s most successful start-ups. That includes the music-streaming service Spotify and Klarna, a Swedish onli(...)

Hailo, a British ride-booking service similar to Uber, based on a smartphone app, recently abandoned its United States ambitions and is trying to protect its strength in places like London, where the app has established itself with the city’s taxi drivers. (Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

When Arnaud Bertrand helped found HouseTrip, a vacation rental website, in 2009, his goal was to build a rival in Europe to Airbnb, which was then a y(...)

Markus Persson speaking at a video game conference in 2011. Photograph: Game Developers Conference

In Minecraft, Markus Persson created one of the biggest, most enchanting games of the past decade. And now he has written one of the most unusual, ref(...)

The prospect of more mergers and acquisitions fuelled a rally among brewers, after the Wall Street Journal reported that Anheuser-Busch InBev, which produced Budweiser beer, was talking to banks about financing a possible $122 billion bid for SABMiller. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

European stocks were little changed today, after their first weekly slide in more than a month, as disappointing Chinese economic data and concern (...)

Acquiring Minecraft would give Microsoft control of an online world that has defied many of the conventions of the modern games business to become a blockbuster success.

Microsoft is in advanced talks to acquire the maker of the game Minecraft for more than $2 billion, according to people briefed on the discussions. Th(...)

Minecraft has become one of the most popular computer games ever, selling more than 54m copies on PCs, consoles, smartphones and tablets.

Minecraft, one of the best-selling computer games, is teaming up with toymaker Lego in its biggest commercial partnership to date to release several s(...)