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AOL to buy Huffington Post: Loaded

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Loaded: AOL to buy Huffington Post

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Super Bowl XLV features some memorable tech ads, details of Motorola Xoom's pricing are leaked in a Best Buy flier, and AOL shakes up the media industry with its deal to purchase The Huffington Post.

ITS MONDAY FEBRUARY 7TH. I'M JEFF BAKALAR AND IT'S TIME TO GET LOADED. AOL HAS PURCHASED THE HUFFINGTON POST FOR 315 MILLION DOLLARS. THE NEW OUTFIT WILL BE CALLED HUFFINGTON POST MEDIA GROUP AND WILL STILL BE RUN BY ARIANNA HUFFINGTON, WHO IN TURN WILL BECOME EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF ALL OF AOL'S ONLINE MEDIA PROPERTIES. THIS IS ANOTHER BOLD MOVE BY AOL TO REALIGN THE COMPANY AMONGST THE INTERNET'S MOST PROLIFIC MEDIA COMPANIES. LAST NIGHT'S SUPERBOWL 45 LEFT NO SHORTAGE OF NEW COMMERCIALS, AND WHILE SOME ADS CAME AS NO SURPRISE, SONY USED THEIR 30 SECOND INVESTMENT TO CONFIRM A LONG-STANDING RUMOR REGARDING ITS PLAYSTATION PHONE. OFFICIALLY CALLED THE XPERIA PLAY, THE NEW SONY ERICSON DEVICE FEATURES PLAYSTATION CONTROLS AND RUNS ANDROID. WE DO NOT YET HAVE SPECIFIC NUMBERS OF TRAUMATIZED CHILDREN AFTER SEEING SEVERED THUMBS ATTACHED TO THE GREEN ANDROID MAN. IT SEEMS THAT LEAKED DETAILS FROM A BEST BUY FLYER MAY THROW SOME COLD WATER ON THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED MOTOROLA XOOM. ACCORDING TO THE BEST BUY AD, THE XOOM WILL BE AVAILABLE ON FEBRUARY 24TH AND COST $799.99. IN ADDITION, TO ACTIVATE WI-FI, BUYERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO BUY AT MINIMUM ONE MONTH OF DATA FROM VERIZON. DATA PLANS FOR THE XOOM MIRROR THE GALAXY TAB, COSTING $20 FOR 1 GB OF DATA, UP TO 10 GB OF DATA FOR $80 DOLLARS. COMPUTER HACKERS HAVE SUCCESSFULLY BREACHED THE SYSTEMS OF THE COMPANY THAT HANDLES THE NASDAQ EXCHANGE, BUT DID NOT COMPROMISE THE PART OF THE SYSTEM THAT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR TRADING. SO FAR NASDAQ HAS SAID THE HACKING AFFECTS THE DIRECTORS DESK WEB APPLICATION, ON WHICH CORPORATIONS CAN STORE AND SHARE INFORMATION. EARLY SUSPICION POINTS THE FINGER AT A MALWARE INSTALLATION, BUT THE FBI IS WORKING ON COMING UP WITH AN EXPLANATION. THE ENTRY LEVEL E-O-S REBEL T3 AND THE MORE ADVANCED T3I. THE CAMERAS ARE PRICED COMPETIVELY AT $600 DOLLARS AND $900 DOLLARS RESPECTIVELY. BOTH CAMERAS COME EQUIPED WITH CANON'S NEW DIGIC 4 PROCESSOR AND 12.2 AND 18-MEGAPIXEL SENSORS. STAY TUNED TO CNET.COM FOR AN EXTENSIVE REVIEW. IT SEEMS AN INSIDER HAS RUINED SPRINT'S SURPRISE THAT THE COMPANY PLANNED ON UNVEILING TONIGHT. THE KYOCERA ECHO IS APPARENTLY BE THE BIG SECRET, A NEW ANDROID DEVICE THAT WILL QUOTE DELIVER AN INDUSTRY FIRST. WE'LL BE LIVE AT THE SPRINT EVENT TONIGHT, SO MAKE SURE TO CHECK BACK CNET.COM LATER TONIGHT. THAT IS YOUR NEWS FOR THE DAY, I'M JEFF BAKALAR FOR CNET. COM AND YOU'VE JUST BEEN LOADED.

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