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2:10 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!
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.
New York Times:
Betting on News, AOL Is Buying The Huffington Post
Dan Lyons / The Daily Beast:
Huffington Post and AOL: You've Got a Mess
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
When HuffPost Met AOL: “A Merger of Visions”
Keith Rabois / @rabois:   Interestingly, Aol has now become a substantially more attractive acquirer for startups/entrepreneurs than yahoo.
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Keith Johnson / Dispatch:
Google Executive Released by Egypt Government  —  Google Inc. executive Wael Ghonim has been released from government custody in Egypt after going missing during massive protests Jan. 28, the U.S. State Department said Monday.  —  “We have indeed received confirmation of his release,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Daring Fireball
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 …
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: VentureBeat and The Register
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.
Carrie Coolidge / Luxist:
The Plaza in New York Offers iPads in all Guest Rooms and Suites (with Video)  —  The Plaza is offering iPads in each of its guest rooms and suites.  The program, which launched in January, makes the landmark hotel on Central Park South the first hotel in the world to provide guests services …
Discussion: Digital Trends, TiPb, Gearlog and MacStories
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Snags Google Downloading Torrents, Threatens to Disconnect  —  Check out TorrentFreak's new News Bits feed! .  —  Every year, the major movie studios and record labels send out tens of thousands of warnings to Internet users who are suspected of sharing their content using BitTorrent.
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 …
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 …
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 …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Only 35 Percent of Companies Have a Succession Plan and Apple Is One of Them  —  Apple may not want to disclose its CEO succession plan, but at least it has one.  Which is more than you can say for quite a few other companies.  —  According to a global survey of 1,300 companies by Korn/Ferry …
 
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Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
Firefox 4, 5, 6 and 7 to be released before the end of 2011
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple to Eliminate Retail Box Software Inventory
Bonnie Cha / Crave: The gadget blog:
WSJ: Sprint to reveal dual-screen Kyocera Echo at Feb. 7 event
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Google and EU in antitrust resolution talks: source
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Ventures Invests In Web Security Company Dasient
Discussion: silicontap.com
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
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Kedrosky / Infectious Greed:
Fiber Capacity Maxing Out?
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Former WikiLeaks Colleagues Forming New Web Site, OpenLeaks
Gary Allen / ifoAppleStore:
Palo Alto Store Project Active With Updated Design
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Best Buy ad prices Motorola Xoom at $800, affirms February 24th launch date