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March 25, 2016, 12:10 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
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times:
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Steven Millward / Tech in Asia:
Line to launch Line Mobile MVNO in Japan this summer with free access to Line, Facebook, and Twitter  —  Line to launch mobile internet service, will include free access to Facebook  —  Messaging app giant Line revealed today that it's set to launch a mobile internet service using its own SIM cards.
Telis Demos / Wall Street Journal:
Square announces plans to offer loans to merchants in partnership with Utah's Celtic Bank; fees to range between 10% and 16% of the amount borrowed  —  Square's Newest Offering: Bank Loans  —  Loans through a partner bank will be an add-on service to Square's core payments business
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