B&N Puts Focus on Digital

Barnes & Noble Inc. is expected to debut a new e-reader on Tuesday, marking the latest chapter in the bookseller’s battle with Apple Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. to dominate the fast-growing digital book sales business.


Stanford’s SSE Labs Creating Entrepreneurial Buzz In Silicon Valley

Y Combinator is considered by many as Silicon Valley’s elite start-up school, offering selected entrepreneurs a three-month crash course to help them build companies and raise capital.


Liberty Media Bids for Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble Inc. said that Liberty Media Corp. has offered to buy the bookseller in a deal valuing it at about $1 billion. Barnes & Noble shares were up 20 percent in after-hours trading Thursday on the news, matching the $17-a-share offer price from John Malone’s media empire.


Tech Giants Defend Privacy Practices

Google Inc., Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc. defended their privacy practices Thursday to lawmakers considering how to update privacy laws to include more protections for Internet users.


A Week on Foursquare

What can Foursquare tell us about how people live? To learn about where people go and what they do on the location-based social network, Digits collected every check-in on the service for a week earlier this year, via the Foursquare “firehose.”


Microsoft, Intel Don’t Entirely Agree on Next Windows

Intel had one key mission at its analyst meeting this week: convincing investors that it can still catch up to rival ARM Holdings in the mobile market. One of its arguments seems to have miffed longtime partner Microsoft.


AT&T Courts Tech Support on T-Mobile Deal

AT&T Inc. executives met in Silicon Valley with technology companies and top venture-capital firms this week, courting a key constituency as the telecommunications giant presses the case for its proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA, a unit of Deutsche Telekom AG.

News Byte

Yahoo Confirms Purchase of 5to1

As tipped a week ago by All Things D’s Kara Swisher, Yahoo is buying 5to1, a self-serve premium advertising platform for major media publishers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a figure of $25 million has been tossed around. After the transaction closes in Q2, the 5to1 team will join Yahoo’s Ad Marketplaces group.


Yahoo Expanding R&D in China

Yahoo Inc. is aggressively expanding its China research and development operation, Chief Product Officer Blake Irving said in Beijing Wednesday, despite worsening tensions between the U.S. Internet company and the operator of its Chinese website, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

New Bill Would Update Digital Privacy Law

A bill introduced in the Senate on Tuesday would require law enforcement to get a search warrant before obtaining old data like emails stored on servers — a major update to U.S. digital-privacy laws.