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March 27, 2014, 7:50 PM

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Ina Fried / Re/code:
Microsoft Is Selling Office 365 Within iPad Apps, and Apple Is Getting Its 30 Percent Cut  —  While one of the big holdups for Office for iPad was getting the software just right, another was Apple's policy that apps that sell things — including subscriptions — use Apple's in-app purchase mechanism …
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.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon planning free ad-supported TV and music streaming service, no Prime subscription required  —  Amazon Plans Free Streaming Media Service  —  Website Said to Drop Strategy of Only Offering Video to Users of Its Prime Service  —  Amazon.com Inc. plans a free, advertising-supported streaming television …
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 …
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Facebook's Connectivity Lab is building drones, satellites and lasers to deliver Internet access  —  While Google is experimenting with helium balloons for Internet access, Facebook is working on drones, satellites and lasers.  The company today unveiled the Connectivity Lab, which has evolved as part of its Internet.org initiative.
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.
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Sources: Dropbox Acqui-Hiring Social Reading App Readmill For $8 Million  —  With fresh capital in its coffers, Dropbox appears to be on somewhat of an acquisition spree, albeit a quiet one.  Following the cloud storage company's recent purchase of workplace chat solution Zulip …
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.
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.
Ela Levy-Weinrib / Globes Online:
Waze sued in Israel for NIS 500M (USD $143M), allegedly based product on free Roadmap software  —  Waze sued for NIS 500m  —  The petitioner alleges that Waze is based on the Freemap Israel community project.  —  After the huge exit by Waze comes the big lawsuit.
More: Valleywag
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: 9to5GoogleTweets: @caseynewton
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Songza now pulls data from The Weather Channel to recommend music  —  Above: The row of options Songza uses to make music recommendations now includes the current weather conditions.  —  The two most common factors that affect someone's current mood are music and the weather.

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