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March 24, 2016, 2:10 AM

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google debuts Cloud Machine Learning Platform to assist in developing pre-trained machine learning models and building new models from scratch  —  Google launches new machine learning platform  —  Google today announced a new machine learning platform for developers at its NEXT Google Cloud Platform user conference in San Francisco.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Sources: Apple Pay coming to mobile websites, will be available to Safari users on iPad and iPhone with Touch ID this year  —  Apple Pay Coming to Mobile Websites Before Holiday Shopping Season  —  Apple Pay is finally ready to move beyond apps.  —  Apple has been telling potential partners …
Steve Kovach / Tech Insider:
Pebble lays off 40 employees, about 25% of staff, blames tough fundraising climate, has raised $26M over last 8 months on top of $20M Kickstarter campaign  —  Smartwatch company Pebble is laying off 25% of its staff  —  Pebble, the buzzy startup credited for being one of the first companies …
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Sources: Google building Periscope-like live streaming app YouTube Connect for iOS and Android  —  Google is building YouTube Connect, a live streaming app to take on Periscope  —  Google has quietly been building a new live streaming app called YouTube Connect, VentureBeat has learned.
Kwame Opam / The Verge:
Pornhub launches new channel devoted to VR porn, offers free 180-degree, 360-degree content  —  Pornhub launches a new channel devoted to VR porn  —  Pornhub, one of the largest porn sites online, has just launched a new section devoted to VR porn.  The company is partnering …
Itika Sharma Punit / Quartz:
Uber sues India competitor Ola, alleges it booked over 400K fake rides from 90K spam accounts, seeks $7.4M in damages  —  Uber sues Ola for allegedly using the same dirty tricks Uber was accused of using on Lyft and Gett  —  The race in the Indian taxi app business may have entered a second—and more intense—lap.
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Microsoft introduces Tay, an AI chatbot that's learned how to behave from young adults' online conversations and is debuting on Kik, GroupMe, and Twitter  —  Microsoft's New AI-Powered Chatbot Mimics A 19-Year-Old American Girl  —  Microsoft's new AI-powered chatbot, Tay …
TechCrunch:
Healthcare, sustainability, and marketing startups dominate Y Combinator Winter Demo Day 2  —  Here are the 59 startups that demoed at Y Combinator Winter '16 Demo Day 2  —  “Food, housing, healthcare, transportation.  Life essentials made better and more affordable.”
Yoree Koh / Wall Street Journal:
Source: Pinterest, which projected $3B in 2018 revenues, made about $100M in US ad revenue in 2015, expects non-US users to become majority of audience in 2016  —  Pinterest Works to Pin Down Path to Wider International Audience  —  In an effort to grow, the company is trying to make the image-discovery site less U.S.-centric

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