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March 27, 2014, 4:35 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 …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Satya Nadella on Why Office for iPad Took So Long  —  In announcing Office for iPad, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talked about all of the reasons why Microsoft was bringing the software to Apple's tablet.  What he didn't talk about onstage was why Microsoft didn't do it sooner, especially since it had been working on versions for years.
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 …
Bob Moczydlowsky / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter and Billboard announce Real-Time Charts, lists of music that is being talked about and shared on Twitter in the US  —  ComingSoon: Billboard Twitter Real-Time Chart  —  Today Billboard is announcing a partnership with us to create the Billboard Twitter Real-Time Chart …
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.
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:
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.
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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 …
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.
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.

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