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March 12, 2016, 3:55 PM

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Cade Metz / Wired:
Google's AI Takes Historic Match Against Go Champ With Third Straight Win  —  SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — Google's artificially intelligent Go-playing computer system has claimed victory in its historic match with Korean grandmaster Lee Sedol after winning the third straight game in this best-of-five series.
Justin Sink / Bloomberg Business:
At SXSW, President Obama advises tech industry to compromise on encryption now instead of waiting for Congress to act  —  Government Can't Let Smartphones Be ‘Black Boxes,’ Obama Says  —  Obama advises tech industry to compromise before Congress acts  —  President appears at South by Southwest as FBI sues Apple Inc.
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Amazon Echo, initially ridiculed, could be the next must-have gadget  —  The Echo From Amazon Brims With Groundbreaking Promise  —  Many of the world's largest technology companies have spent the last five years searching in vain for the holy grail, a machine to succeed the smartphone as the next must-have gadget.
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
Michael Goguen, longtime partner at Sequoia Capital, is out after suit unrelated to firm alleging sexual and physical abuse  —  Longtime VC Michael Goguen was just hit with an explosive lawsuit  —  Michael Goguen, a longtime partner at Sequoia Capital who joined the tony Sand Hill Road …
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Instacart cuts commissions for couriers by 50%, reduces fees per drop-off to $1.50 from $4 in SF, LA, and some other metro areas  —  Grocery-Delivery Startup Instacart Cuts Pay for Couriers  —  Instacart is the latest on-demand startup to try to contain costs in a tighter funding environment
Amar Toor / The Verge:
AdBlock replaces ads with messages from anti-censorship activists through Saturday, in partnership with Amnesty International  —  Snowden, Pussy Riot, and Ai Weiwei launch AdBlock campaign to protest censorship  —  Ai Weiwei, Edward Snowden, and Pussy Riot have partnered with AdBlock …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft launches tool to help Evernote users on Windows move their notes to OneNote  —  Microsoft launches OneNote importer tool for Evernote users  —  Microsoft today launched a OneNote importer tool that lets Evernote users bring their content to Microsoft's note-taking tool.
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Hands-on with Android N: Increased customization, better notifications, and more  —  We cover everything new we could find in Android's latest update.  —  The new Android N Developer Preview starts off with a warning and then gives you an option to jump into vision or emergency contact settings.
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Mark Bergen / Re/code:
How Kyle Vogt Sold Cruise Automation to GM, Twitch to Amazon  —  Ten years ago, Justin Kan and Emmett Shear had just sold their app company, Kiko, and were itching for another venture.  They had a concept — livestream video — but no idea how to build it.  So they sent an email …
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Brookings Institution:
Why Pokemon Go's technology is no fad  —  Pokemon Go has ignited the digital world.  Every news organization has reported on why Pokemon Go, the smartphone app based on the Japanese cartoon game from the 1990s, is extraordinarily popular.
 

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