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March 27, 2014, 2:45 PM

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Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Microsoft releases Office for iPad, subscription required for editing docs  —  Rumors have been circulating for years that Microsoft was working on a version of Office for the iPad, with speculation getting so intense at one point that the company went out of its way to categorically deny it.
Satya Nadella / TechNet Blogs:
A cloud for everyone, on every device  —  The following post is from Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft.  —  In my initial remarks as CEO, I spoke about how Microsoft is embracing the new “mobile-first cloud-first” world.  I've gotten great feedback around this declaration from customers …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Office for iPad review: three beautiful apps, each with strong competition  —  After loads of leaks — and some serious denial from Microsoft — the company has finally released a version of Office for iPad.  It's not surprising, in a way, given that Microsoft already has Office Mobile for iPhone.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Amazon to launch set-top box in April 2 event  —  Amazon Launching Video Box Next Week  —  Amazon's entry into the set top box world, which has been delayed for months, is coming next week, according to people familiar with the company's plans.  —  The e-commerce giant has invited reporters …
Wall Street Journal:
Mark DeCambre / Quartz:
Spotify is planning an IPO for this fall  —  Spotify could take itself public some time in the fall of 2014.  —  The popular music-streaming company has participated in informal chats with some of the investment banks likely to fight for a role in a potential IPO, sources familiar with the process said.
Lev Grossman / TIME:
The Inside Story of How Facebook Got Oculus VR  —  A 19-year-old hacker set out to invent a gaming headset.  He ended up reviving a dead technology and creating an idea worth $2 billion  —  To understand why Oculus Rift matters, it helps to know who John Carmack is.
Raph Koster / Raph's Website:
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Apps with millions of Google Play downloads covertly mine cryptocurrency  —  Researchers said they have uncovered two apps that were downloaded from the official Google Play market more than one million times that use Android devices to mine the Litecoin and Dogecoin cryptocurrencies without explicitly informing end users.
Hurriyet Daily News:
Turkey blocks access to YouTube after alleged leak of recordings of key security meeting  —  Turkey blocks access to YouTube after leak recordings of key security meeting  —  Less than a week after a notorious ban on Twitter went into effect, the Turkish government blocked access to YouTube on March 27.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Lithium Confirms That It Has Acquired Klout  —  At a press event today, Lithium Technologies confirmed reports that it has closed its acquisition of Klout.  —  Re/code first reported on the deal back in February, saying that it was “signed but not closed”, then Fortune reported yesterday that the price was nearly $200 million.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Paid Up To $150M To Buy Wearable Computing IP From The Osterhout Design Group  —  Earlier this week, Facebook announced that it had acquired Oculus VR for $2 billion, and it turns out that this isn't the only recent piece of M&A in the category of head-mounted wearable computing.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Twitter pressuring companies highlighting tweets for TV not to work with Facebook, angering networks  —  Twitter Plays Hardball With Facebook Over TV — And TV Networks Gripe  —  TV networks love to work posts from Twitter, Facebook and other social networks into their programming.
More: 9to5Google
César Puerta / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter rolls out photo tagging, ability to share up to four photos in a tweet  —  Photos just got more social  —  We're rolling out two new mobile features that make photos on Twitter more social.  One is photo tagging, which lets you tag the people in your photo; the other is the ability to include up to four photos in a Tweet.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Government requests to Google have more than doubled in the past four years  —  Google released its latest transparency report today, revealing tens of thousands of law enforcement requests from across the world.  In the second half of 2013, the report lists more than 27,000 requests …
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Re/code:
The Other Facebook News: One Billion Mobile Users  —  Facebook followers could be forgiven for being fixated by the $2 billion deal to acquire the virtual reality company Oculus.  —  But another disclosure from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday is also worthy of attention …
More: bizjournals and PandoDailyTweets: @waltmossberg
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Stripe Merchants Will Soon Be Able to Accept Bitcoin Payments  —  Online payments company Stripe will soon allow its customers, who use its payments tools to accept credit card purchases online, to accept bitcoin payments as well, its CEO told Re/code on Wednesday evening.
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
VC giant Andreessen Horowitz raises $1.5B fourth fund — that's $4.15B in total  —  Updated 10:25 a.m. with comments from Kupor.  —  Andreessen Horowitz just announced it has closed its fourth fund at a sizable $1.5 billion.  In total over its lifetime, the firm has now raised $4.15 billion.
Eric Thayer / Reuters:
Judge tosses lawsuit against Facebook over use of minors' photos  —  (Reuters) - A California federal judge has dismissed a proposed class action lawsuit against Facebook Inc that had accused the company of misappropriating the names and likenesses of minors who use the social network.

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