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March 24, 2016, 8:15 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.
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
iPhone SE review: $399 4-inch phone offers better battery life, inferior screen compared to the iPhone 6s  —  iPhone SE Review: Smaller Gets Smarter With Better Battery Life to Boot  —  Apple's powerful new 4-inch iPhone has the size and battery performance that many have been waiting for
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Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
How Jeff Bezos, as owner of The Washington Post and founder of Blue Origin, became a power beyond Amazon  —  Bezos Prime  —  Amazon's CEO has driven his company to all-consuming growth (and even, believe it or not, profits).  Today, though, as he deepens his involvement in his media and space ventures …
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Apple working with Will.i.am on unscripted TV show about apps  —  Apple's First Foray Into Original TV Is a Series About Apps  —  Apple's ambitions to go head to head with Netflix and create its own lineup of exclusive movies and TV shows has long been the subject of much chatter and speculation.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Hulu launches Gear VR app for watching its limited library of 360-degree videos, or any normal video in a virtual living room  —  Hulu Releases Virtual Reality App for Samsung Gear VR (Exclusive)  —  Hulu just took its first step into virtual worlds: The streaming service released an app …
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, marking the first time the United States has charged state-sponsored individuals with hacking to disrupt the networks of key U.S. industries.

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