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e-Reads, Updated: Ousted BlackBerry Boss Tried New Strategy

Research In Motion's ousted co-chief executive Jim Balsillie tried a new tack just before he stepped down: letting big smartphone makers use proprietary network, Reuters reports.

Telecom companies want out of providing land lines, the Washington Post reports.

Barnes & Noble lost more than 6 percent of its market value after this week's antitrust settlement between the U.S. government and three major book publishers, the Wall Street Journal reports. It predicts Amazon will emerge a far stronger competitor in the fast-growing e-book business.

ProPublica has some predictions about how Federal Communications Commissioners will vote later this month on whether to require broadcast TV stations to post data online about who bought political spots. The Democrats, like chairman Julius Genachowski and commissioner Mignon Clyburn, will vote yes while Republican Robert McDowell is likely to vote no, it says.

Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin published a letter about their stock split, giving investors one non-voting share for every share they own now.

Apple is working on better earbuds.

Dick Tracy may finally be able to use a 21st century version of his wrist radio - Sony has introduced a wristwatch-sized streamer for Android phones.
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