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Here are some of the stories people are talking about this morning: Microsoft invests $300 million in Barnes & Noble’s Nook, college biz (paidContent) … Start-ups Keep Revenue at Zero to Cash In on Acquisition (NYT Bits) … Read more »

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Morning Lowdown
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Here are some of the stories people are talking about this morning: WordPress Is Now A ~$50 Million Business, But It Still Won’t Take My Money (SplatF) … Daily Dot, Editor-in-Chief Part Ways (Mashable) .. Read more »

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The internet is supposed to be about the end of intermediaries. Then why are middlemen so successful? For years, aggregators have ruled the content space and now a new breed of brokers is using technology to redefine the interaction between readers and publishers. Read more »

Morning Lowdown
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Here are some of the stories people are talking about this morning: Confessions of an Ad Tech Exec (Digiday) … Netflix adds 3M subs, beats forecasts, stock craters (paidContent) … Read more »

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The 650 patents that Facebook acquired from Microsoft are “web-related” said a source with knowledge of the deal and listed some specific examples. The source said the portfolio includes patents related to: instant-messaging, e-commerce, LTE, mobile, handsets, search and advertising. Read more »

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Facebook announced today that it will pay $550 million for the right to 650 patents and patent applications from Microsoft.

Microsoft acquired those patents and hundreds of others in a deal with AOL earlier this month. Read more »

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Privacy is a bit like the weather — everyone talks about it but no one does a damn thing about it. Sure, it’s creepy that these companies track you and munch your personal information. But are you really going to ditch Facebook and every other online convenience of modern life? Read more »

Morning Lowdown
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Here are some of the stories people are talking about this morning: paidContent 2012 adds Pottermore CEO Charlie Redmayne (paidContent) …
All Eyes Turn to Windows 8 (Wall Street Journal) Read more »

Morning Lowdown
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Some of the stories people are talking about this morning: NBC’s London Olympics strategy: If it moves, stream it (paidContent) …
Pandora Courts Local Advertisers, by Offering Well-Defined Listeners (New York Times) Read more »

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Websites for women are a paradox in the media industry. Despite being among the most successful properties on the Web, they are rarely mentioned in the never-ending discussions about how to make money from online content.

Sugar Inc. is a case in point. Read more »

Morning Lowdown
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Some of the stories people are talking about this morning:
Amazon Low Prices Disguise a High Cost (New York Times) … Paper for iPad hits 1.5 million downloads in first two weeks (The Verge) … Read more »

Morning Lowdown
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Some of the stories people are talking about this morning: Everything you need to know about the e-book lawsuit in one post … Patch Editor-in-Chief leaving AOL … Analysts Give Yelp a Lukewarm Review Read more »

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