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March 28, 2014, 6:45 AM

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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 …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Office for iPhone and Android phones is now completely free, Android tablet version coming ‘in the future’  —  In addition to releasing Office for iPad, Microsoft today also updated Office Mobile for iPhone and Office Mobile for Android with a major change: both are now completely free for home use.
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 …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
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 …
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.
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Mozilla employees ask new CEO Brendan Eich to step down for his support of anti-gay initiative  —  Mozilla employees tell Brendan Eich he needs to “step down”  —  This morning, a number of Mozilla employees took to Twitter with a united, nearly simultaneous message to new Mozilla Foundation CEO Brendan Eich: “Step down.”
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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Jon Minnick / Manufacturing Business Technology:
AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM And Intel Unveil The Industrial Internet Consortium  —  In a major announcement today, AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel unveiled the formation of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), an open membership group focused on breaking down the barriers of technology silos …
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 …
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 …
Andrew Martonik / Android Central:
AT&T reveals PadFone X hardware specs, still no release date  —  High-end specs across the board, with a sizable battery in the PadFone Station for extra charge  —  Following up over two months after it announced the phone/tablet hybrid device at CES 2014, AT&T is revealing the hardware specs …

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