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March 28, 2014, 9:25 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 …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
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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 …
Brad Reed / BGR:
BlackBerry Q4 loss much narrower than expected but revenue sinks below $1 billion  —  BlackBerry's last earnings report was truly a thing of spellbinding horror as the company had just taken down its “for sale” sign and posted earnings of -$0.67 per share on $1.2 billion in revenue.
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
Crittercism study: Google cloud services have fastest response, iOS 7.1 apps are most stable  —  Smartphones, the Disappointing Miracle  —  Smartphone users are frustrated and deprived by bad service, including slow application load times and frequent service crashes.
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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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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
DVD and CD ripping for personal use to be legalized in UK from June  —  UK Govt: DVD and CD Ripping Will Be Legalized This Summer  —  To most consumers it is common sense that they can make a backup copy of media they own, but in the UK this is currently illegal.
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.”
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 …

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