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March 24, 2016, 10:00 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.
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.
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.
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
Wall Street Journal:
Netflix says it has throttled its videos on AT&T's and Verizon's wireless networks for more than five years to protect users from exceeding data caps  —  Netflix Throttles Its Videos on AT&T, Verizon Networks  —  Streaming service says it limits video quality to protect users from exceeding data caps
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 …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Oculus begins shipping Rift headsets, which will arrive starting March 28  —  The Oculus Rift has started shipping  —  Oculus VR will make good on a promise that's been years in the making: starting next week, the first consumer versions of the company's Rift virtual reality headset will begin arriving at preorder customers' doors.
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 …

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