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3:45 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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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 …
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:   iPhone and the analyst delusions
PC World:
TiVo HD  —  First Look: Dirt-Cheap TiVo HD DVR  —  TiVo's new high-definition, CableCard-enabled digital video recorder costs just $300—or $500 less than last year's HD model.  —  Recommend this story?  —  When I reviewed the TiVo Series3 HD last year, I loved it—except for its astronomical, early-adopters-only $800 price tag.
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
TiVo HD gets official: $299, loaded, with SATA and TTG coming
Discussion: PVRblog
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Breaking: $300 TiVo HD Unboxed and Fondled (Verdict: Hell Yes!)
Discussion: Engadget HD, Gadget Lab and I4U News
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Laptop power, in-flight internet coming to Qantas  —  Those already giddy about their 2008 trip to Down Under should now pick up the phone and do whatever it takes to get on one of Qantas' forthcoming A380s or revamped 747-400s, as both planes will reportedly feature in-flight WiFi and laptop power.
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Dan Warne / APC:
Inflight internet lives again: Qantas introduces wireless broadband …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Slashdot
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
Kate Holton / Reuters:
UK rejects music copyright extension  —  LONDON (Reuters) - The British government rejected a plea to extend copyright laws for sound recordings to beyond 50 years on Tuesday, prompting the music industry to accuse it of not supporting musicians and artists.
Discussion: Boing Boing and Joho the Blog
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.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
CIA venture arm invests in video improvement company, MotionDSP  —  In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the nation's intelligence services, has invested an undisclosed small amount of money into video enhancement company MotionDSP and also awarded it with contracts.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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.
 
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Michelle Roberts / Associated Press:
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