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March 30, 2016, 12:25 PM

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The Verge:
Live blog of Microsoft's Build 2016 keynote  —  Live from Microsoft's Build 2016 event  —  1:28:32 PM PDT But while you wait you can read our thoughts on what to expect from Microsoft Build 2016.  1:27:31 PM PDT Hey!  You're a bit early, the event starts at 9am Pacific / 12PM Eastern.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft announces Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which will also come to Xbox One along with UWP apps; available for free in the summer  —  Microsoft unveils Windows 10 Anniversary Update  —  At its Build 2016 developer conference event in San Francisco today, Microsoft shared details on its Anniversary Update for Windows 10.
Dina Bass / Bloomberg Business:
Microsoft is building a variety of AI chatbots that manage tasks via discussion, as part of a “conversation as a platform” strategy  —  Clippy's Back: The Future of Microsoft Is Chatbots  —  Predictions about artificial intelligence tend to fall into two scenarios.
Stan Schroeder / Mashable:
Tay chatbot briefly returns to Twitter, makes duplicate and offensive posts; Microsoft says its re-activation was mistake during testing  —  Microsoft's Tay chatbot returns briefly, swears a lot and brags about smoking weed  —  Oh, Microsoft.  Last week, the company pulled its Tay chatbot …
Pavel Alpeyev / Bloomberg Business:
Foxconn to pay $3.5B for a 66% controlling stake in Sharp  —  Foxconn Takes Control of Sharp in Reduced Buyout  —  Foxconn Technology Group Chairman Terry Gou finally clinched a deal to buy Sharp Corp. after years of pursuit, bringing together the main assembler of Apple Inc.'s iPhones …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Apple's 29W USB-C power adapter charges an iPad Pro to 80% in just 1.5 hours, compared to 3.5 hours with the included 12W adaptor  —  Testing Apple's 29W USB-C Power Adapter and iPad Pro Fast Charging  —  When Apple refreshed its online store with a new USB-C to Lightning cable with support …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Spotify raises $1B in convertible debt, led by TPG and Dragoneer  —  Spotify Raises $1 Billion in Debt Financing  —  TPG and Dragoneer Investment Group lead the Spotify debt deal  —  Music-streaming site Spotify AB has raised $1 billion in convertible debt from investors …
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
KLM passengers will soon be able to check in, get flight updates, make travel changes, and more in Facebook Messenger  —  Facebook's Messenger lands first airline as chat app pushes into commerce  —  SAN FRANCISCO — KLM Royal Dutch Airlines passengers will soon be able to check in …
Bloomberg Business:
Filing shows Google CEO Sundar Pichai received $99.8M in restricted stock and $652,500 salary during first year  —  Google CEO Pichai Was Paid $100.5 Million for First Year at Helm  —  Stock award hasn't been previously disclosed by company  —  CEO received $300 million in equity grants since January 2015
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Fidelity marks down its stakes in startups: Cloudera by 38%, Dropbox by 20%, Zenefits by 25%  —  Fidelity Marks Down Startups Including Dropbox, Zenefits  —  Largest Fidelity markdown is enterprise-software company Cloudera  —  Fidelity Investments again took a hatchet to the valuations …

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