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5:05 PM ET, February 7, 2011

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
You've Got Arianna: AOL Buys Huffington Post for $315 Million in Cash and Stock, Appoints Huffington Editor in Chief  —  In a bold and definitive move, AOL is paying $315 million, mostly in cash, to buy the Huffington Post, one of the Web's most prominent news and opinion sites.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
AOL+HuffPo!  Why It is Not Really a Good Deal  —  Just when you thought you could finally put Superbowl commercials behind you and go to bed in a beer-induced slumber, AOL dropped a late-night bomb: it bought The Huffington Post for $315 million, of which $300 million is in cash.  My first reaction — wow!
Dan Lyons / The Daily Beast:
Huffington Post and AOL: You've Got a Mess  —  AOL's pseudo journalism, Huffington Post's minuscule ad rates, and editors with big egos and a tough boss will doom the just-created media company.  Dan Lyons on the disastrous deal.  —  It is no surprise that AOL is buying Huffington Post.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
AOL Says HuffPo Will Be a $50 Million Business This Year
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Verizon iPhone tear-down posted, reveals Qualcomm Gobi chip!  (GSM Worldphone compatible!)  —  We, with the iPhone 4 repair specialists at iFixyouri have done a quick teardown of the new Verizon iPhone and have found the Qualcomm MDM6600 chip inside.  That's kinda interesting because that chip is dualmode GSM and CDMA compatible.
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iFixit:
iPhone 4 Verizon Teardown  —  We got our hands on the new iPhone 4 Verizon on the morning of February 7th, 2011.  Compare this phone to our original GSM iPhone 4 teardown.  If you're happy with your current coverage, then by all means hang on to it!  Keep it running if you drop …
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Android 2.4 coming April, leaving 2.3 dead on arrival - not Ice Cream  —  EXCLUSIVE: Viewsonic to be first out of the gate  —  Viewsonic has exclusively told Pocket-lint that its recently announced ViewPad 4 smartphone will be packing Android 2.4 when it launches in April.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
HP unveils a cool reclining touchscreen PC straight out of Star Trek  —  It seems like there's no end of uses for the touchscreen.  Hewlett-Packard is showing off a cool new touchscreen computer today that can recline at a 60-degree angle so that it can be used as a kind of control console for a lot of different applications.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
HP's New Reclining PC Coulda, Shoulda, But Didn't  —  It's nice to see HP be one of the first to launch a “reclining PC” that rotates up to 60 degrees from a standard 90 degree viewing angle.  —  I wrote about the need for this type of computer in 2009.  The HP TouchSmart is a decent, if heavy-as-hell, touchscreen iMac clone.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Matthew Hawn / Last.fm:
Last.fm Radio becomes a premium feature on mobile and home entertainment devices  —  On February 15, the radio service built into Last.fm mobile apps and on home entertainment devices will become an ad-free, subscriber-only feature.  —  Last.fm Radio will remain free on the Last.fm website in the US …
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Kit Eaton / Fast Company:   Last.fm Moves to Paid Content Model, Largely Abandons Free Mobile Service
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple to Eliminate Retail Box Software Inventory  —  With the success of the iTunes App Store and the launch of the Mac App Store, it seems clear that the long term future of software sales is going to be digital distribution.  Based on what we've heard, however, Apple is planning on making …
Ken Deeter / Facebook:
Live Commenting: Behind the Scenes  —  Commenting on Facebook content has been an asynchronous form of communication.  Until now.  Live commenting, which we rolled out to all of our users a couple weeks ago, creates opportunities for spontaneous online conversations to take place in real time …
Discussion: ZDNet, VatorNews and GigaOM, Thanks:srikardhanakoti
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Rolls Out Real-Time Commenting to All Users
Discussion: All Facebook
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Steven Poole / 3 Quarks Daily:
Against chrome: a manifesto  —  Please tear your eyes away from this elegant and curiously seductive prose for a few seconds and look at what surrounds this webpage on your display.  Unless you are browsing in full-screen “kiosk” mode or kicking it old-school with Lynx …
Nathan Bullock / Google Mobile Blog:
Priority Inbox in Gmail for mobile  —  If you've ever cursed a phone's tiny screen as utterly inadequate for sifting through an overflowing inbox you'll be pleased to hear that the Gmail mobile web app now supports Priority Inbox.  Priority Inbox helps combat information overload …
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
Firefox 4, 5, 6 and 7 to be released before the end of 2011  —  Firefox's official roadmap has been updated, and boy are there some interesting changes afoot.  Most notably, Firefox 7 will ship in 2011.  The second biggy, and the main focus of Firefox development in 2011 …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
U.S. seeks veto powers over new domain names  —  The Obama administration is quietly seeking the power for it and other governments to veto future top-level domain names, a move that raises questions about free expression, national sovereignty, and the role of states in shaping the future of the Internet.
Jameshritz / The Quora Review:
Why Quora & Social Media Experts Don't Mix  —  As the Quora user base has grown, along with much praise, has come some criticism.  Specifically, many critics view Quora as a snobby, clubby, and intellectually elitist place.  It seems much of the loudest criticism about Quora and it's community …
Discussion: Brian Solis and andrewteman.org
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
White iPhone 4 starts to get Best Buy, The Source shelf space  —  This shelf tag was apparently spotted this weekend at a Best Buy in Houston, and it speaks for itself: white iPhone 4, AT&T, $599.99 off contract (the same price as the black).  Of course, we all know this thing is coming within …
Evelyn M. Rusli / New York Times:
Yahoo Is Said to Move Toward Personalized Content  —  For Yahoo, it is getting personal.  —  Confronted by declining revenue and a steady stream of prominent departures, Yahoo plans to announce that it is developing a publishing platform for applications that would let users get personalized content …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Uh Oh, Instagram: PicPlz Launches API, Creative Commons & Brand Dashboards  —  The battle of the mobile social photo apps has been taken to the next level today, high-profile but trailing startup PicPlz just made three big announcements that pose a big challenge to crowd-pleaser Instagram and the slew of other startups in this market.
Discussion: Mashable!
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
lightRadio: hideous cell towers to get smaller, lose the “hut”  —  Alcatel-Lucent is making a bold claim today: its new line of lightRadio cellular hardware can double the bits flying through the air to your smartphone, and it can do so at half the cost.  Oh, and cell towers might be able …
 
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WSJ: Sprint to reveal dual-screen Kyocera Echo at Feb. 7 event
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MPAA Snags Google Downloading Torrents, Threatens to Disconnect
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Ventures Invests In Web Security Company Dasient
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Only 35 Percent of Companies Have a Succession Plan and Apple Is One of Them
Peter Sayer / PC World:
Inside Secure Offers Alternative Android NFC Software Stack
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The Plaza in New York Offers iPads in all Guest Rooms and Suites (with Video)
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