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August 26, 2015, 10:10 PM

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Jessi Hempel / Wired:
Facebook testing M, an AI-based, human supervised virtual assistant inside Messenger that can complete tasks such as purchasing on your behalf  —  Facebook Launches M, Its Bold Answer to Siri and Cortana  —  Today, a few hundred Bay Area Facebook users will open their Messenger apps to discover M, a new virtual assistant.
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Rovio To Cut 260 Jobs As The Angry Birds Franchise Becomes Irrelevant  —  It looks like Angry Birds maker Rovio is having some troubles to pay the bills.  The Finnish company is about to cut 260 jobs after reducing its workforce by 110 employees in October 2014.  At the end of 2013, the company had 800 employees in total.
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
YouTube Gaming launches on the web, Android, and iOS  —  Meet YouTube Gaming, Twitch's Archenemy  —  YouTube just launched YouTube Gaming on the web, Android and iOS.  As expected, YouTube Gaming goes head-to-head against Twitch, mirroring many popular features of the existing gaming streaming giant.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
AT&T Says Injecting Ads Into Airport Wi-Fi Was a Test That Is Now Over  —  AT&T said on Wednesday it has ended an experiment that had the company serving ads to those using its free Wi-Fi at two Washington, D.C.-area airports.  —  “We trialed an advertising program for a limited time in two airports …
Jessica Toonkel / Reuters:
Asset management company BlackRock acquires automated wealth management startup FutureAdvisor  —  BlackRock to acquire robo-adviser  —  BlackRock Inc, the world's largest asset manager is acquiring a San Francisco-based robo-adviser, FutureAdvisor, the firm announced Wednesday morning.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft: More than 75 million devices now running Windows 10  —  Microsoft officials say Windows 10 is now installed on more than 75 million devices, ust less than a month after its rollout began.  —  Windows 10's adoption is continuing at a strong pace, according to the latest data shared by Microsoft.

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