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Microsoft May Have Solved A Big Problem With Its Tablet Strategy Today (MSFT, BN)

This morning, Microsoft dropped $300 million to invest in a new joint venture that will be spun out of Barnes & Noble's digital business. That means Microsoft now owns 17% of a new company that makes a popular product — the Nook e-reader — based on a rival platform, Google's Android. Some commenters assume that future Nooks will continue to be based on Android, and that this was part of some brilliant strategy to encourage more Android fragmentation.
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