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March 27, 2014, 11:40 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 …
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:
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.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Office for iPad: It's all about the business users  —  Summary: Who is the primary target for Microsoft's new Office for iPad suite?  It's unfashionable to say this, but it's not consumers.  It's business users.  —  I've seen quite a few stories in the run-up to the March 27 announcement …
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.
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:
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.
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Samsung's first Smart Bulb is Bluetooth-only and lasts 10 years  —  Though it got beat to the punch by arch-competitor LG, Samsung has just released its debut smart LED bulb, literally called the “Smart Bulb.”  It looks nothing like the multi-tiered model we saw at the FCC …
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 …
Electronista:
WD ships My Passport Pro, dual-drive bus-powered Thunderbolt RAID  —  Drive features integrated Thunderbolt cable  —  Drive manufacturer WD today introduced My Passport Pro, the first portable, Thunderbolt-powered dual-drive solution.  My Passport Pro is available in dual-drive 2TB …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Twitter Said Close to Releasing New Ad Product for Apps  —  Twitter Inc. (TWTR) is planning to release a mobile-advertising product in the next few weeks that application makers can use to encourage downloads of their programs, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
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Garett Sloane / Adweek:
Foursquare's New Ads Tap Twitter And Require $100K Commitment  —  Foursquare has a new ad product that invites users to tweet marketing messages when they check into businesses.  The product is called Tap to Tweet and will be available in early April, Adweek learned via a memo obtained from an industry source.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
President Obama announces plan to dismantle NSA phone record database  —  New program would leave records with phone companies  —  President Barack Obama has officially announced his plan to reform the National Security Agency's collection of phone records.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Ex-Spotify Engineers Raise $2.2 Million For Lookback, A Mobile App Screen Recorder For User Testing  —  A team of ex-Spotify engineers has raised $2.2 million in seed funding for Lookback, a platform allowing developers to record onscreen activity within mobile apps - and even record …
More: ZDNet and Re/code
Agam Shah / Computerworld:
Fire hazard forces Lenovo recall of ThinkPad batteries  —  The company has set up a Web page about the recall  —  Lenovo is recalling certain ThinkPad battery packs that could be a fire hazard due to overheating, which could ultimately also lead to computer damage.
Brian Fung / The Switch:
Sprint's enlisting small carriers in its war on Verizon and AT&T  —  Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son is rallying rural wireless companies to “fight back” against the nation's top carriers, including AT&T and Verizon.  Son pitched members of the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) …
More: DSLreports, eWeek and Gigaom
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.
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