Mobile Minutes: Microsoft, Twitter and Billboard, Internet of Things, Android, Amazon

Office on iPad

Microsoft CEO unveils office for iPad in mobile-app push
Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella said he will hold nothing back in getting the companys programs across all devices, in a clear departure from the software makers longtime focus on its Windows operating system. At his first public speech since taking the CEO job last month, Nadella unveiled Office software for Apple Inc.s iPad and said Microsofts goal was for subscribers to its Office 365 service to be able to use the programs on any gadget — even if it leads to reduced sales of Windows-based personal computers or other products.
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Billboard and Twitter partner to create ‘Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts’
Billboard and social media platform Twitter today announced an exclusive, multi-year partnership to create Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts. The charts, which will launch in the coming weeks, will track U.S. music conversations among the millions of Tweets sent each day.
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Consortium wants standards for Internet of Things
Several large corporations are working to establish global standards for the connections of intricate systems of sensors and computers in hospitals, oil rigs and other industrial settings.
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Data point: Android is on pace to take over the world by 2015
The number of devices that will be shipped with Googles Android software is expected to overtake all other operating systems by 2015, according to data from the research firm Gartner that was compiled by Statista. The number of devices running iOS and OS X is increasing as Apple ships more iPhones, iPads and Macs around the world.
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Amazon plans free streaming media service Inc. plans a free, advertising-supported streaming television and music-video service, a departure from its strategy of offering video only to members of its $99-a-year Prime service, according to people familiar with the matter. The new service, which could launch in the coming months, likely will feature original series and may include licensed programming, these people said.
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