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March 6, 2013, 1:10 PM

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EU Press Room:
Antitrust: Commission fines Microsoft for non-compliance with browser choice commitments  —  European Commission  —  The European Commission has imposed a €561 million fine on Microsoft for failing to comply with its commitments to offer users a browser choice screen enabling them to easily choose their preferred web browser.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Will Not Appeal $731M Fine Over Browser Antitrust Violations: ‘We Take Full Responsibility’  —  The European Commission today said that it will be fining Microsoft €561 million ($731 million) over antitrust violations related to distribution of its Internet Explorer browser …
Reuters:
Exclusive: Apple's Cook, music mogul Iovine discuss new music service  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc has held talks with Beats Electronics LLC, the audio technology firm co-founded by influential hip-hop producer Dr Dre and music mogul Jimmy Iovine, on a potential partnership involving Beats …
Digits:
Samsung-Sharp Deal Could Reshape Tech Alliances  —  South Korea's Samsung Electronics is in talks to invest about $107 million in struggling Japanese electronics firm Sharp Corp. , a deal that not only highlights Korea's ascendancy over Japan as a global electronics giant, but could well reshape alliances in the competitive industry.
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
Microsoft restores transfer rights for retail Office 2013 copies  —  Summary: As part of its shift to a subscription model, Microsoft introduced a controversial “no transfer” restriction with Office 2013.  Now, after an intense outcry from customers, the company has reversed course and agreed …
Alexis Santos / Engadget:
Google Play celebrates first birthday with week of free downloads and discounts  —  It's already been a year since the Android Market was renamed Google Play, and the folks in Mountain View are offering up a boatload of free party favors throughout the week to celebrate.
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google-Apple Valuation Gap Widest Since 2005 on Ads  —  Google Inc. (GOOG)'s prospects haven't looked so promising to investors relative to Apple Inc. (AAPL) since before the iPhone was introduced.  —  Google's shares, which climbed to a record yesterday, are now trading at 25 times profit …
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Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Samsung will stop sale of Windows RT tablets in Germany due to weak demand, according to reports  —  We already know that Samsung was too timid (or maybe too sensible) to launch its Windows RT-based ATIV Tab hybrid in the US, but now it appears the manufacturer is having doubts about European demand too.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Ferrari outs 949HP LaFerrari hybrid, gives FF drivers iPad minis and Siri (video)  —  Everyone knew Ferrari was cooking up its first hybrid, and that it would be very quick when it was pegged as an Enzo successor.  Still, we didn't quite expect the sledgehammer that is the LaFerrari.
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
News Corp. Has a Tablet for Schools  —  For nearly two years, Joel I. Klein helped Rupert Murdoch and News Corporation weather a phone-hacking scandal at the company's British tabloids with the promise that he would eventually be able to return to the role the company hired him for …
CNET:
The new $99 Roku 3: Overhauled interface, faster chip, and private listening mode (hands-on)  —  CNET Editors' Take  —  Roku is turning up the heat in the battle of the living room streaming boxes, announcing today its newest flagship model, the Roku 3 ($99).
Andy Ihnatko / TechHive:
Why I switched from iPhone to Android  —  About a month and a half ago, I walked into an AT&T Store, handed over my iPhone 4S, and asked to be switched from my unlimited iPhone data plan to a new LTE data plan.  —  I bought the first-generation iPhone and I bought it early …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Why Google Thinks Two Music Subscription Services Are Better Than None  —  Alrighty.  Time to start sorting out what Google is up to with music.  And why it thinks it may make sense to launch two different music subscription services.  —  Spoiler alert!  No one outside of a handful of Googlers really knows.
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Offers Windows 8 Price Breaks to Spur Touch-Screen Laptops  —  Discounts on Windows 8 and Office Designed to Spur More Touch-Screen Laptops  —  Microsoft Corp. has recently been offering price breaks on its Windows 8 and Office software to help spur the development of small …

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