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March 25, 2016, 7:00 PM

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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
Peter Lee / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft apologizes for Tay's hurtful tweets, says coordinated attack exploited vulnerability in Tay  —  Learning from Tay's introduction  —  As many of you know by now, on Wednesday we launched a chatbot called Tay.  We are deeply sorry for the unintended offensive and hurtful tweets from Tay …
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
How the internet manipulated Microsoft's AI chatbot into learning and repeating hate speech  —  How The Internet Turned Microsoft's AI Chatbot Into A Neo-Nazi  —  In a matter of hours this week, Microsoft's AI-powered chatbot, Tay, went from a jovial teen to a Holocaust-denying menace openly calling for a race war in ALL CAPS.
Les Shu / Digital Trends:
Google's Nik Collection photo editing plugins for Photoshop and Aperture are now free  —  Google's advanced desktop photo editing software are now free downloads  —  Google is known for its useful software services, the majority of which are free.  When the company acquired Nik's advanced …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Sources: Snapchat to acquire Bitstrips, maker of personalized emoji app Bitmoji; deal valued “in the ballpark” of $100M says one source  —  Exclusive: Snapchat Buys Bitmoji Maker  —  Snapchat has agreed to acquire Bitstrips, the Toronto-based maker of personalized emojis known as bitmojis …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
1.5M stolen records for sale of customers of Verizon Enterprise, which confirmed a breach took place  —  Crooks Steal, Sell Verizon Enterprise Customer Data  —  Verizon Enterprise Solutions, a B2B unit of the telecommunications giant that gets called in to help Fortune 500's respond …
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
France fines Google $112K, says the compromise company offered for right to be forgotten is not enough, links have to be removed globally  —  France Fines Google Over Right to be Forgotten  —  The French regulator says Google violated an order to apply the rule to “all domain names”
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
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.
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.
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 …

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