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Microsoft is paying $300 million for a minority stake in the digital reader business of Barnes & Noble, which sells the Nook e-book. The pairing could boost Barnes & Noble in its quest to take on Amazon's Kindle. (Barnes & Noble via Associated Press)

Microsoft is paying $300 million for a minority stake in the digital reader business of Barnes & Noble, which sells the Nook e-book. The pairing could boost Barnes & Noble in its quest to take on Amazon's Kindle. (Barnes & Noble via Associated Press)

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