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March 14, 2016, 10:50 AM

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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 …
Cade Metz / Wired:
Google's AlphaGo wins historic match against Go grandmaster after three consecutive wins in five-game series  —  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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.

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