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March 28, 2014, 1:15 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 …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Y Combinator's new investment vehicle may not include any VC firms as limited partners  —  Y Combinator's YC VC may lose the actual VCs  —  Influential startup program Y Combinator is making a major change.  —  FORTUNE — For several years, a group of venture capital firms has committed …
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Euan Rocha / Reuters:
New Blackberry phones to cater to keyboard enthusiasts, BBM for desktop getting “serious look”  —  New BlackBerry phones to cater to keyboard aficionados: CEO  —  (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd plans to introduce high-end smartphones that cater to keyboard aficionados in the coming 18 months …
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.
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Sony 13 inch Digital Paper E Ink slate coming to America... for $1100  —  Sony introduced a 13 inch slate for reading and writing on documents last year.  The company calls it Digital Paper, and it's kind of a Kindle on crack with a big high-resolution, high-contrast display and a pen for taking notes or scribbling doodles.
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.
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.
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 …
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.”
Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:
Cloud-managed Wi-Fi firm Aerohive goes public, raising $75M  —  Enterprise Wi-Fi vendor Aerohive Networks debuted on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday under the ticker HIVE after pricing its shares at $10 last night.  The company raised its original target of $75 million through the initial public offering.
Oliver Haslam / Redmond Pie:
Facebook Messenger v4 For iPhone And Android Released: Groups, Message Forwarding, More  —  It seems that someone at Facebook likes nice round numbers, because the social network has released Facebook Messenger 4.0 for iPhone and Android.  Big new updates are great, except when they're not big at all …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Huawei on NSA: If foreign spies attacked a US firm, there'd be “outrage”  —  Chinese tech company still trying to track down NSA infiltration.  —  It's been a week since revelations that the National Security Agency infiltrated the systems of Huawei, and the Chinese technology company …
More: Wired
Danny Yadron / Wall Street Journal:
Data Breach Suit Against Target Also Names Security Firm Trustwave  —  A lawsuit stemming from the security breach at Target Corp. spotlights a private Chicago firm that does most of the payment-security checks in the U.S., including the retail giant's.  —  In a lawsuit filed in U.S. district court …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft shows off Kinect for Windows version 2 hardware  —  Summary: Microsoft is inching closer to delivering the second version of its Kinect for Windows sensor, and is showing off what the final hardware will look like.  —  Microsoft is inching closer toward releasing the second version of its Kinect for Windows sensor.
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, WebProNews and ReutersTweets: @puiwingtam
David Meyer / Gigaom:
Sigfox picks up €15M to expand its dedicated internet-of-things network  —  The French internet of things startup Sigfox has taken €15 million ($21 million) in new funding, to allow it to continue its international expansion.  —  Sigfox is a network operator of sorts …

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