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March 28, 2014, 8:20 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 …
Lance Ulanoff / Mashable:
Microsoft Office for iPad review: rich apps, strong cloud ties, but no way to print documents  —  Microsoft Office for iPad Isn't Perfect, But It's What We Needed All Along  —  It took Microsoft a while — by some measures too long — but it's finally here: Office for iPad …
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.
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:
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.
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.
More: memeburn and ReutersTweets: @puiwingtam
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.
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.”
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 …
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 …
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.
More: ZDNet and Valleywag
Chitika Insights:
The Power of Free: OS X Mavericks Users Generate 40% of Mac Web Traffic Five Months Post-Release  —  Aside from a number of aesthetic and functional changes Apple included as part of OS X Mavericks, the company also turned heads by releasing the latest OS as a free upgrade for Mac desktop and laptop users.

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