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11:10 AM 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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New York Times:
Betting on News, AOL Is Buying The Huffington Post  —  The Huffington Post, which began in 2005 with a meager $1 million investment and has grown into one of the most heavily visited news Web sites in the country, is being acquired by AOL in a deal that creates an unlikely pairing of two online media giants.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Armstrong's Internal Memo To AOLers About The HuffPo Deal  —  At midnight, AOL announced that it will buy the Huffington Post for $315 million.  Below is the internal memo AOL CEO Tim Armstrong sent to all AOL employees (except us, they don't trust us with anything) about the transaction.
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!
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
When HuffPost Met AOL: “A Merger of Visions”
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Best Buy ad prices Motorola Xoom at $800, affirms February 24th launch date  —  The evidence for a Motorola Xoom launch on February 24th just became that bit more compelling, courtesy of this here Best Buy ad.  It promises Moto's Android tablet will be in stores a couple of weeks from now, decorated with a daunting $799.99 sticker.
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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Google Executive Emerges as Key Figure in Revolt  —  By MARGARET COKER in Cairo, NOUR MALAS in Dubai and MARC CHAMPION in Alexandria  —  More than a week after his mysterious disappearance in Egypt, Google's top executive in the Middle East and political activist Wael Ghonim will be released …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
HTC Invests In Multimedia Delivery Platform Company Saffron Digital  —  Smartphone maker HTC this morning announced that it has made a ‘strategic investment’ of undisclosed size in London, UK-based Saffron Digital, which specializes in the delivery of digital multimedia.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Tech Returns To The Super Bowl Big Time, An Ad Roundup  —  For those of us who know nothing about football, The Super Bowl is more about what the huge brands who buy ads chose to do with their $3 million's worth of prime eyeball time, paying to play with a captive audience in the hundreds of millions.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Save The Money: Groupon's Super Bowl Ads May Spark Faux Outrage
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 that today with a cool new touchscreen computer that can recline at a 60-degree angle so that it can be used as a kind of control console in a lot of different applications.
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 …
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 …
Peter Sayer / PC World:
Inside Secure Offers Alternative Android NFC Software Stack  —  Inside Secure hopes to make it easier for Android phone designers to use its NFC chips — or those of its competitors — with the release of a version of its Open NFC software stack for Android.
Discussion: The Register and VentureBeat
Douglas Rushkoff / CNN:
Internet is easy prey for governments  —  Editor's note: Douglas Rushkoff is a media theorist and the author of “Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age” and “Life Inc: How Corporatism Conquered the World and How We Can Take it Back.”  —  (CNN) — For all that the revolution …
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
The Internet is for revolution  —  Does Facebook want their service …
The Daily:
We're Listening  —  Thank you for all the feedback.  We hear you and we are committed to making The Daily the best possible experience.  That's our entire focus.  —  In five short months we've brought The Daily from vision to version 1.0, created a custom content management system …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
lightRadio: hideous cell towers to get smaller, lose the “hut”
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Don Clark / Digits:
Violin Memory's Funding Another Sign of Flash Frenzy
Discussion: GigaOM, The Register and VentureBeat
David Kravets / Threat Level:
FCC Net Neutrality is a Regulatory ‘Trojan Horse,’ EFF Says
Carrie Coolidge / Luxist:
The Plaza in New York Offers iPads in all Guest Rooms and Suites (with Video)
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Paul Kedrosky / Infectious Greed:
Fiber Capacity Maxing Out?
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Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Former WikiLeaks Colleagues Forming New Web Site, OpenLeaks
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 Earlier Items: 
Christopher Drew / New York Times:
Breach Tied to Nasdaq May Have Wider Effect
Discussion: Ars Technica, The Register and SAI
Gary Allen / ifoAppleStore:
Palo Alto Store Project Active With Updated Design
Parmy Olson / Disruptors:
Anonymous Takes Revenge On Security Firm For Trying To Sell …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Leaked State Department Cables Confirm That ACTA Was Designed …
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Google makes it easier to build sites for Google TV