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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Business Day Technology

Apple’s iPad, left, and Samsung’s Galaxy tablet.
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Apple’s iPad, left, and Samsung’s Galaxy tablet.

A federal judge softened the blow from Apple’s legal victory in a patent case over Samsung, lopping more than 40 percent off the damages.

German Copyright Law Targets Google Links

A bill broadening protections for news publishers was approved by German lawmakers, but critics said the measure did not go far enough.

Best Buy Narrows Loss

The consumer electronics chain said it lost $409 million in the latest quarter, an improvement from a loss of $1.82 billion a year earlier.

Groupon Dismisses Chief After a Dismal Quarter

The daily deals Web site reported weak fourth-quarter earnings on Wednesday, and fired its chief executive, Andrew Mason, a day later.

Former Dot-com Millionaire Guilty of Selling Drugs

Thirteen years ago, Jennifer Sultan and her colleagues sold a technology company for $70 million; on Friday, she got a four-year sentence for selling oxycodone and conspiring to sell a gun.

Media Decoder Blog

Barnes & Noble Rethinks Its Strategy for the Nook

In its third-quarter earnings report, the bookseller said revenue in its Nook unit fell 26 percent.

Bits Blog

Senator Seeks More Data Rights for Online Consumers

Senator John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia introduced a bill that would require the government to establish mechanisms for people to use their Internet browsers to tell advertising networks, data brokers and others that they do not want to be tracked online.

DealBook

Paulson Opposes MetroPCS Merger With T-Mobile

The investment firm Paulson & Company, the largest shareholder in MetroPCS Communications, said the deal would saddle the new company with too much debt.

DealBook

Best Buy’s Talks With Its Founder Said to Have Ended

Talks between Best Buy and a group comprising its founder and three private equity firms have ended, people briefed on the matter said. By the end, the company founder, Richard Schulze, had been seeking an enlarged minority stake.

State of the Art

Dick Tracy, Your Watch Is Ready, Almost

Here come the smartwatches, and a motley bunch they are. Some require daily charging, others use watch batteries. When it comes to design, well ...

Disruptions

Data Without Context Tells a Misleading Story

According to Google Flu Trends, at the flu season’s peak in mid-January, nearly 11 percent of the United States population had influenza — double the official federal estimates.

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