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9:10 PM 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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Dan Lyons / The Daily Beast:
Huffington Post and AOL: You've Got a Mess  —  AOL's pseudo journalism, Huffington Post's miniscule ad rates, and editors with big egos and a tough boss will doom the just-created media company.  Dan Lyons on the disastrous deal.  —  It is no surprise that AOL is buying Huffington Post.
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.
Bill Kirtz / Poynter:
Zucker: NBC tried to buy Huffington Post for 18 months, couldn't agree on price  —  Just-ousted NBC Universal president and chief executive Jeff Zucker today praised AOL's $ 315 million acquisition of The Huffington Post.  He said NBC had tried for 18 months to buy the popular blog but “could never agree on price.”
Discussion: New York Observer and The Wrap
Brian Morrissey / Mediaweek:
Brown's Web Woes  —  The Daily Beast's execs are stars of the magazine world, but do they know what they're doing online?  —  The site, which merged with Newsweek last November, continues to ignite buzz with high-profile hires, most recently The New Yorker's Peter Boyer and The Village Voice's Wayne Barrett.
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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
AOL + Huffington Post Won't Go to 11.  But It Does Make Sense.  —  There are lots of Web M&As that don't make much sense.  But after you get past the “OMG!!!!!” novelty of AOL's $315 million Huffington Post buy, this one has a straightforward logic to it: Old, big, slow company buys new …
Ken Auletta / News Desk:
Tim Armstrong's Hail Mary Pass  —  AOL's purchase of the Huffington Post is the equivalent of a fourth-quarter Hail Mary pass.  The game clock was ticking down on C.E.O. Tim Armstrong's pledge to demonstrate by the second half of this year that AOL could mount a comeback from the near dead.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Arianna Huffington on Her New AOL Job: “I Want to Stay Here Forever”
Discussion: SAI
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Armstrong's Internal Memo To AOLers About The HuffPo Deal
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive Video: AOL's Tim Armstrong and HuffPo's Arianna Huffington …
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
“It just feels inevitable”: Nick Denton on Gawker Media sites' long-in-the-works new layout  —  This morning, “the biggest event in Gawker Media history” took place: Gawker's sites have officially launched their redesigns.  Go to gawker.com — or jezebel.com or deadspin.com or lifehacker.com …
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Jay Yarow / The Wire:
Nick Denton Makes A Cash Bet Gawker Media Won't Lose Pageviews With New Format  —  Gawker Media boss Nick Denton just made a small side bet on the success of his redesign for Gawker's sites.  —  He's wagering ~$1,000 with New York tech scenester Rex Sorgatz that Gawker's pageviews …
Discussion: Fimoculous and Digits
Felix Salmon:
How to filter out fake news
Discussion: PAPERMAG, FishbowlNY and The Daily Dish
Dan Frommer / The Wire:
Sarah Chubb Is Leaving Condé Nast After 20 Years  —  Condé Nast Digital head Sarah Chubb is leaving, the company just announced internally.  —  No successor has been named; Condé will name one in the “coming weeks.”  —  Condé has been shuffling its digital structure …
Discussion: MediaMemo
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Nat Ives / AdAge:   Why Conde Nast Digital Chief Sarah Chubb is Leaving
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 …
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
If Hulu loses CEO, who would want that gig?  —  Toast.  —  That's what Jason Kilar's career at Hulu is supposed to be soon if all the media speculation is correct.  —  Hulu is controlled by broadcast networks, NBC, ABC, and Fox, but that didn't stop Kilar, Hulu's CEO …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Media Decoder:
Olbermann Said To Be Going To Current TV  —  Keith Olbermann, the former top-rated host of “Countdown” on the news channel MSNBC, will announce his next television home on Tuesday, and people familiar with his plans pointed Monday to a possible deal with the public affairs channel Current TV.
Jose Zamora / KnightBlog:
Knight and Mozilla Foundations launch partnership to advance media innovation  —  Technology changes fast.  Technology companies are built to handle continuous change.  News organizations, even new ones, often are not.  These facts are a challenge, but also a great opportunity to promote quality journalism and media innovation.
Robinsloan / Twitter Media:
I Want My AJZ  —  As Egypt turns upside down, Al Jazeera has found its moment.  It's the right network in the right place at the right time; the Qatar-based news organization has unique access and a unique audience.  From the Middle East to the White House, all eyes are on Al Jazeera.
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).
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John Gapper / John Gapper's blog:
The Daily lacks news stories, not multimedia
Discussion: Poynter and Podcasting News
Aljazeera:
The media battle for Egypt  —  We follow the coverage of one of the biggest political protests in Arab history.  —  Listening Post  —  The battle for Egypt: The coverage, the censorship and the government that refuses to step down.  Then, ‘Breaking the Silence’: Israeli soldiers shatter the media narrative.
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