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March 15, 2016, 6:25 PM

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Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
PlayStation VR headset to arrive in Oct. for $399, less than Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, which are priced at $599 and $799 respectively and require high-end PCs  —  PlayStation VR Will Arrive in October for $399  —  Sony took to the stage today during GDC 22016 in SF to show off the consumer-ready version of its PlayStation VR headset.
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Instagram to begin testing an algorithm-based personalized feed for users, moving away from reverse chronological order  —  Instagram May Change Your Feed, Personalizing It With an Algorithm  —  For years, we have been trained to view web postings from our friends in a certain order.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Meal delivery service SpoonRocket, which has raised $13.5M to date, shuts down after failing to raise new financing  —  SpoonRocket shuts down amongst on-demand apocalypse  —  SpoonRocketinformed its investors it's shutting down its on-demand pre-made meal delivery service after failing …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google Maps goes beyond Uber, adds Ola, Hailo and more car services to its app  —  Google reportedly is working on building its own Uber competitor, and while some believe this will come in the form of a fleet of autonomous cars, there is a more immediate option for how Google can position itself …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Here Maps drops support for Windows Phone and Windows 10  —  Here maps has been a strong part of Microsoft's Windows Phone offering for years, but that's coming to an end later this month.  Here is announcing today that it plans to pull its mapping apps for Windows 10 on March 29th, and …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Google says 75% of web requests to its non-YouTube sites are now encrypted, up from about 50% two years ago  —  Google is giving itself an encryption report card  —  Today, Google added a new section to its transparency report, giving users a running tally of how many Google requests use HTTPS encryption.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
After 0 successful submissions, Google doubles top reward for hacking a Chromebook to $100,000  —  Over the past six years, Google has paid security researchers over $6 million (over $2 million last year alone) since launching its bug bounty program in 2010.
Cade Metz / Wired:
Google's AI Wins Fifth And Final Game Against Go Genius Lee Sedol  —  SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — In the final game of their historic match, Google's artificially intelligent Go-playing computer system has defeated Korean grandmaster Lee Sedol, finishing the best-of-five series with four wins and one loss.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google's new Analytics 360 Suite for enterprise marketers directly challenges Adobe's Marketing Cloud  —  Google announces Analytics 360 Suite for enterprise marketers  —  Google is launching a new product for enterprise marketers today that will directly challenge Adobe's Marketing Cloud and similar services.
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
Apple News now lets publishers of all sizes edit and deliver their stories in the Apple News format, improves statistics dashboard, and launches ad campaign  —  Apple Just Opened Up Its News App In a Big Way  —  Apple will now let individuals and independent publishers deliver content through its native news platform.

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