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March 14, 2016, 12:10 PM

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Sam Byford / The Verge:
As remainder of five-game match plays out, Lee Se-dol finally beats Google's AlphaGo in game four  —  Go champion Lee Se-dol strikes back to beat Google's DeepMind AI for first time  —  AlphaGo wrapped up victory for Google in the DeepMind Challenge Match by winning its third straight game …
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John Ribeiro / PCWorld:
Microsoft will open-source AI development platform based on Minecraft  —  AIX uses the Minecraft gaming platform for testing new research  —  Microsoft has decided to open-source a platform used by its researchers to test artificial-intelligence projects.  —  The AIX platform …
Bogdan Popa / Softpedia News:
Microsoft Store no longer accepting Bitcoin, will let users spend remaining balance but won't offer refunds  —  Microsoft's Windows 10 Store No Longer Accepting Bitcoin  —  Microsoft has silently removed support for Bitcoin in the Windows 10 Store, despite the fact that the company adopted …
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
Sources: Justice Department debating how to resolve standoff with WhatsApp over encryption in non-terrorism investigation  —  WhatsApp Encryption Said to Stymie Wiretap Order  —  WASHINGTON — While the Justice Department wages a public fight with Apple over access to a locked iPhone …
Danny Yadron / Guardian:
Spurred on by Apple/FBI standoff, Facebook, Google, Snapchat plan to increase encryption of user data; WhatsApp plans to add encrypted voice calls within weeks  —  Facebook, Google and WhatsApp plan to increase encryption of user data  —  Spurred on by Apple's battles against the FBI …
Julia La Roche / Business Insider:
Hedge fund giant Bridgewater Associates hires ex-Apple executive Jon Rubinstein as Co-CEO  —  The biggest hedge fund in the world just announced a big shake-up  —  Bridgewater Associates, the $169 billion hedge fund behemoth led by Ray Dalio, just announced a big shake-up in its executive ranks.
Himank Sharma / Reuters:
Once #1 smartphone brand in India, Micromax faces falling sales, management turmoil, and lack of funds for R&D after Alibaba passed on $1.2B deal for 20% stake  —  India's Micromax, once a rising star, struggles  —  A year ago, Micromax vaulted past Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to become India's leading smartphone brand.
Nathan Grayson / Kotaku:
Behind Valve's Greenlight and Early Access programs for developers: bad games, minimum transparency, and ineffectual user votes  —  Inside The Murky Process Of Getting Games On Steam  —  These days, it seems like Valve will let just about anything on Steam.

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