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2:15 PM ET, July 24, 2007

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Business Wire:
AOL Enters into Agreement to Acquire Behavioral Targeting Firm TACODA  —  Acquisition Will Build on AOL's Efforts to Offer Advanced Targeting Solutions to Advertisers and Publishers  —  DULLES, Va.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—AOL announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire TACODA …
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Peter Lauria / New York Post:
AOL HAS AN EYE ON YOU  —  TO BUY AD TARGETER  —  After acquiring its way into the video and mobile ad-serving marketplace, CEO Randy Falco is moving AOL into the behavorial-targeting ad market with a deal to purchase Tacoda, The Post has learned.  —  Sources said AOL is paying between $200 million …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Gets Its Ad Network, Too
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and 901am
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Can AOL Take Behavioral Targeting from Concept to Reality?
Discussion: WebProNews
Donna Fuscaldo / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T's Profit Rises On Wireless Growth  —  AT&T Inc., reported a 61% rise in net income amid recent acquisitions and said it activated 146,000 iPhone subscribers the last two days of the quarter, 40% of whom were new AT&T Wireless customers.  —  AT&T has an exclusive deal with Apple Inc …
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Crayton Harrison / Bloomberg:
AT&T Profit Jumps 61 Percent on Benefits of Mergers  —  AT&T Inc., the largest U.S. phone company, reported a 61 percent increase in second-quarter profit after $140 billion in acquisitions almost doubled revenue.  —  Net income rose to $2.9 billion, or 47 cents a share, from $1.81 billion …
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
AT&T reports 146,000 iPhone activations in first two days  —  The iPhone is doing some good for AT&T, according to the company's second quarter financial results.  Like Apple, iPhone sales only encompassed the last two days of the quarter for AT&T, but the opening numbers give us a taste …
Jeremy Liew / VentureBeat:
Ad Networks: Why it's better than ever to be a targeted content site  —  [Editor's note: This is an opinion piece by Jeremy Liew, a parter at Lightspeed Venture Partners]  —  One of the hallmarks of the last few years on the internet has been the growing length of the "long tail".
Michelle Roberts / Associated Press:
AT&T Posts 61 Percent Earnings Increase  —  AT&T Posts 61 Percent Increase in Earnings, Primarily on Buyout of BellSouth  —  SAN ANTONIO (AP) — AT&T Inc. posted a 61 percent increase in second-quarter earnings on Tuesday, lifted primarily by its buyout of BellSouth Corp. but also aided by gains in wireless subscribers and revenue.
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:   Earnings: AT&T Q2 Profits Grow 61 Percent; Revs Up 86.7 Percent
Erika Brown / Forbes:
There UGO  —  On Tuesday morning, Hearst Corp. was expected to announce the acquisition of UGO Networks, a collection of Web sites targeting young men interested in video games, sports and pictures of hot girls.  UGO claims 11 million unique visitors a month.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Hearst Buys UGO.com; Possibly As Much As $100M-$150M
Stephan Spencer / CNET News.com:
Underscores are now word separators, proclaims Google  —  I got to enjoy Matt Cutts live and in person on Saturday speaking to the WordPress bloggers and fans at WordCamp 2007.  Matt was in top form, witty as ever.  The session was blogged by numerous folks.
BBC:
iPlayer faces petition pressure  —  An e-petition on the Downing Street website has called on parliament to stop the BBC launching its iPlayer to a Windows-only audience.  —  More than 10,000 people have signed the petition which calls for the service to be made compatible with other operating systems such as Linux.
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Non-profit may launch $350 laptop by Christmas  —  BOSTON (Reuters) - A non-profit group that designs low-cost computers for poor children hopes to start selling multimedia laptops to consumers by Christmas, a foundation executive said on Monday.  —  The One Laptop Per Child Foundation's rugged XO laptop …
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Is Xbox 360 doomed?  —  We're still a few months from holiday shopping season, but I'm making this prediction now: The Xbox 360 is this year's PS3.  Last year, of course, was when Sony's over-priced, under-delivered next generation console cost the company its preeminence in the console market to the Nintendo Wii.
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
First Look: AideRSS Feed Filtering  —  Back in January Amit Agarwal wrote a post called "How to Reduce RSS Stress In Your Online Life" in which he talked about managing enormous lists of RSS feeds.  It's likely that your feed list doesn't top 1200 like Amit's, but even with just 20 or 30 feeds …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Surprise: Facebook apps may help grow home sites  —  Slide, Rockyou and HotorNot, three companies with the largest number of users on Facebook, are showing continued traffic growth on their own sites.  —  The finding, reported by Quantcast, a service that tracks traffic trends for Web sites …
 
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