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March 27, 2014, 1:40 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.
Microsoft Corporation:
Satya Nadella press briefing webcast  —  Return at 10 a.m. PT to watch the live webcast of Microsoft's CEO discussing the intersection of cloud and mobile from San Francisco.
Wall Street Journal:
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter launch WebScaleSQL, a custom version of MySQL for massive databases  —  Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter today announced WebScaleSQL, a collaborative project bringing the engineers from these companies together to solve challenges working with massive databases.
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.
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
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.
Reuters:
Yahoo Japan buys SoftBank's eAccess for $3.2B to set up new mobile Internet service  —  Yahoo Japan buys SoftBank's eAccess to set up new mobile Internet service  —  (Reuters) - Yahoo Japan Corp said on Thursday that it would buy mobile and broadband provider eAccess Ltd from its parent SoftBank Corp …
Violet Blue / ZDNet:
Hackonomics: Stolen Twitter accounts ‘more valuable’ than credit cards  —  Summary: According to a new report, the value of Twitter accounts on the black market for hacked wares has eclipsed the value of stolen credit card data.  —  Violet Blue  —  Stolen Twitter accounts now fetch …

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