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10:40 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 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Guardian, Gawker, SAI, Screenwerk and TUAW
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Arianna Huffington On Her New AOL Job: “I Want To Stay Here Forever”  —  Tim Armstrong and company spent yesterday explaining their $315 million Huffington Post purchase to the press.  Now they're doing the same for Wall Street, via a conference call.  —  AOL CFO Artie Minson prepped investors …
Discussion: On Media's Blog, SAI and BoomTown
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.
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
The Note Arianna Huffington Sent to Her Bloggers About the AOL Acquisition  —  AOL is buying the Huffington Post for $315 million, the companies announced last night.  Arianna Huffington will become the editor-in-chief of all of AOL's content sites.  As you might expect with such a big deal …
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Felix Salmon:
HuffPo's future  —  The $315 million that AOL is paying …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Steve Case / @stevecase:
Why AOL + HuffPost Makes Sense http://bit.ly/fcc2SM I agree, makes sense strategically. Was just teasing about 1+1=11. Congrats Tim/Arianna.
Discussion: MediaMemo
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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John Gapper / John Gapper's blog:
The Daily lacks news stories, not multimedia
Discussion: Crikey and Sample the Web
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.
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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
The Daily vs. Flipboard: One of These is The Future of Newspapers...  Last week Rupert Murdoch's iPad-only newspaper The Daily was launched.  The Daily is a newspaper app available to U.S. users on the iPad for 99c per week (the first 2 weeks are free; non-U.S. people can download it for trial via this method).
Wall Street Journal:
Shorts  —  With Co-Host Away, ‘Parker Spitzer’ Rises  —  “Parker Spitzer” sans “Parker” is experiencing a renaissance.  —  Overall viewership for the CNN evening program, co-hosted by Eliot Spitzer and conservative columnist Kathleen Parker, more than doubled this week …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Works Toward Personalized Mobile Content  —  Yahoo Inc., seeking to improve its presence on mobile devices, is developing software that would help mobile applications deliver so-called personalized content, such as news and entertainment articles, that differs based on each user's interests …
Discussion: New York Times and SAI
Nora Paul / Online Journalism Review:
Curation questions and the start of some answers  —  By Nora Paul, Kathleen A. Hansen, Yoshi Suzuki: Information curation, like data visualization, is one of the buzzwords being used by those trying to guide, and goad, news organizations into thinking about new content models.
 
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