Microsoft Invests In Barnes & Noble New E-Business Newco

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A sign for Barnes & Noble hangs above a store on April 30, 2012 in... News PhotoBarnes & Noble,Business,Chicago - Illinois,Finance,Hanging,Horizontal,Illinois,Merchandise,Retail,Shop,USAPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2012 Getty ImagesCHICAGO, IL - APRIL 30: A sign for Barnes & Noble hangs above a store on April 30, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Barnes & Noble plans to spin off its digital business, which includes its Nook e-reader, and partner with Microsoft to form a new business called Newco. With a $300 million investment, Microsoft Inc. will own a 17.6 percent stake in the new unit. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)