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3:10 PM ET, July 24, 2007

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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 …
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Reuters:   AOL to buy online ad firm Tacoda
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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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 …
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 …
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
AT&T Earnings Up, but iPhone Sales Disappoint  —  AT&T, the largest telephone company, reported first-quarter earnings today that solidly beat Wall Street's forecasts as wireless subscribers continued to devour data services like text messaging and Internet access.
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.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
No Surprise, TiVo Series3 Lite Arrives  —  After several weeks of leaked info, there's not really much I can add at this point.  The "TiVo HD" ($299) is basically a Series3 TiVo ($799 MSRP) without the S3 price tag.  The most visible cost cutting moves were made by dropping the OLED display and Glo remote …
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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Breaking: $300 TiVo HD Unboxed and Fondled (Verdict: Hell Yes!)
Discussion: Gadget Lab and I4U News
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
TiVo HD gets official: $299, loaded, with SATA and TTG coming
Discussion: PVRblog
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".
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
DivX Spins Off Video Site Stage6 As Separate Company; CEO Moving  —  DivX, the San Diego-based online video codec and technology firm, whose stock has been languishing for the last few months (it went public late last year), has decided to spin-off its online video sharing site Stage6 into a separate company.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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Business Wire:
DivX Announces Plans to Maximize Value and Growth Potential …
Discussion: Download Squad
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Linux Foundation does CTO switcheroo  —  Markus Rex is leaving Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Server project for the time being to take over as chief technology officer of the Linux Foundation.  —  At the foundation, Rex replaces Ian Murdock, the Debian Linux founder whom Sun Microsystems hired …
Discussion: Computerworld
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 …
 
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