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March 25, 2016, 8:35 PM

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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.
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
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.
Scott Martin / Wall Street Journal:
Peter Thiel's Founders Fund raises $1.3B for its sixth fund, bringing capital under management to $3B+  —  Peter Thiel's Founders Fund Bags $1.3 Billion … Founders Fund, the venture-capital firm known for prescient bets on some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley, has closed on a $1.3 billion fund.

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