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1:00 AM ET, February 7, 2011

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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.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
You've Got Arianna: AOL Buys Huffington Post for $315 Million in Cash, Appoints Huffington Editor-in-Chief  —  In a bold and definitive move, AOL is paying $315 million in cash to buy the Huffington Post, one of the Web's most prominent news and opinion sites.
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
AOL Bets $315 Million on Arianna, Buys Huffington Post to Build ‘New American Media Company’  —  Patch, TechCrunch, Engadget and the Rest of AOL's Sites Will Form New Entity, Huffington Post Media Group  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — In one of the biggest digital publishing deals in recent memory …
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Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
When HuffPost Met AOL: ‘A Merger of Visions’  —  I've used this space to make all sorts of important HuffPost announcements: new sections, new additions to the HuffPost team, new HuffPost features and new apps.  But none of them can hold a candle to what we are announcing today.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive Video: AOL's Tim Armstrong and HuffPo's Arianna Huffington Talk About Their Acquisition Touchdown From the Super Bowl  —  Here's an exclusive video interview BoomTown did with Huffington Post Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong this morning …
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John Hudson / The Atlantic Wire:
Nick Denton: What I Read  —  How do other people deal with the torrent of information that pours down on us all?  Do they have some secret?  Perhaps.  We are asking various people who seem well-informed to describe their media diets.  This is from a conversation with Gawker Media owner Nick Denton.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Daily Gets a $3 Million Super Bowl Spotlight  —  The Daily got plenty of exposure last week.  Now it should get even more: I'm told Rupert Murdoch's iPad newspaper will be featured in a halftime spot during tonight's Super Bowl broadcast.  —  [UPDATE: The Daily's Twitter account is now winking and nudging in this direction.]
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Video: 'The Daily's Super Bowl XLV Gamble  —  With a value of $3 million and a reach that can't be matched, an ad on the Fox broadcast of Super Bowl XLV is one of the biggest marketing weapons in the News Corp (NSDQ: NWS). arsenal.  Getting one of the house spots is a great opportunity for The Daily …
Julia Boorstin / Media Money with Julia Boorstin:
Forget Pittsburgh and Green Bay — Google Wins the Super Bowl
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 …
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Why Some Twitter Posts Catch On, and Some Don't  —  AMID the talk last week of a Facebook revolution across the Middle East, Americans and other English speakers took to Twitter — to post about their love lives.  —  Hashtags — the community-driven shorthand used to identify conversation themes …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Al Jazeera Hopes Reports From Egypt Open Doors in U.S.  —  DOHA, Qatar — “Our bureau in Cairo has been attacked.”  —  Phone calls and e-mail on Friday spread that short message through the Doha headquarters of Al Jazeera, the satellite news network.  It was an ominous start to the day …
Discussion: Inside Cable News
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
NYT's Keller Almost Ready to Admit WikiLeaks Is Journalism  —  When WikiLeaks exploded into public view last year, with its release of a classified Iraqi war video and then thousands of documents relating to the war in Afghanistan, the response from traditional media outlets …
Discussion: Guardian, Media is a Plural and Mediaite, Thanks:mathewi
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
On TV, New Ways To Gauge the Ads  —  The race for new ways to measure the impact of television commercials is heating up.  —  TiVo Inc. is expanding its service that allows advertisers to see how many and what kind of users are viewing their commercials.  The company this week released …
 
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