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March 24, 2016, 4:35 PM

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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Report on stalled and struggling Nest says Google is building an Amazon Echo rival  —  Google is reportedly building an Amazon Echo rival  —  Google executives have seen and heard all the positive buzz around Amazon's Echo speaker, and now the company is said to be preparing a similar product for the home.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Sony forms mobile gaming firm ForwardWorks to make PlayStation games for iOS and Android devices in Asia  —  Sony announces plans to make PlayStation games for iOS and Android  —  It looks like Sony will follow Nintendo's cue and focus on mobile gaming.  The company announced today …
Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times:
Activist investor Starboard names nine candidates to replace Yahoo's entire board, launching proxy fight  —  Starboard Value Plans to Oust Yahoo's Board  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Starboard Value plans to make good on its threat to start a board fight at Yahoo.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Microsoft's new AI bot Tay goes silent after Twitter users teach it racism; Microsoft deletes damaging tweets, begins “making adjustments” to Tay  —  Microsoft silences its new A.I. bot Tay, after Twitter users teach it racism [Updated]  —  Microsoft's newly launched …
Leslie Picker / New York Times:
Sources: TiVo in merger talks with Rovi, would own about 30% of the combined company  —  TiVo Said to Be in Merger Talks With Rovi  —  TiVo, the digital video recorder company that popularized the DVR and revolutionized “time shifting” and fast-forwarding through advertising …
James Vincent / The Verge:
Apple is selling Microsoft Office 365 as an accessory for the iPad Pro  —  Apple wants the iPad Pro to replace Windows, and to convince customers it's bringing in a familiar face or two: Microsoft's Office Suite.  As part of the ordering process for the new iPad Pro, buyers are given the option …
AppleInsider:
Apple's iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro now available for preorder in 13 territories  —  As previously announced, Apple on Thursday activated online preorder sales for its new 4-inch iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro in 13 territories, including key markets in North America, Europe and Asia.
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:
Mesosphere raises $73.5M round led by HPE, including a significant contribution from Microsoft, at a reported valuation of well over $1B  —  Microsoft is investing millions in a $1 billion startup that rejected its acquisition offer  —  Last year, reports emerged that Microsoft tried to buy Mesosphere …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
U.S. charges Iran-linked hackers with targeting banks, N.Y. dam  —  The Justice Department on Thursday announced it has indicted seven hackers associated with the Iranian government with cybercrimes.  —  The crimes include disrupting U.S. banks' public websites from late 2011 through May 2013 …
Se Young Lee / Reuters:
Samsung wants to reform its internal culture to be more like a startup, seeking to be more nimble as growth slows  —  World's biggest startup?  Samsung Electronics to reform corporate culture  —  Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS), the world's biggest maker of smartphones and memory chips …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Instacart says it now makes money on average orders in 10 of its markets, revenue run rate has grown 6x since January 2015, it's now “gross margin positive”  —  Instacart Is... Generating Profits?  —  “What exactly are they saying about us?”  —  The question from Apoorva Mehta, founder and CEO of Instacart, made sense.
Michelle Quinn / SiliconBeat:
Glassdoor: female computer programmers make $0.72 for every dollar made by male programmers  —  Computer programmer: one of the largest gender wage gaps among all professions  —  Female computer programmers make 72 cents for every dollar earned by male programmers.

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