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AOL buys Huffington Post for $315 million

AOL has agreed to acquire The Huffington Post website for $315 million. The left-leaning website was launched in 2005 by a group led by Arianna Huffington and currently boasts a readership of 25 million unique monthly visitors (according to December ComScore numbers). “This is truly a merger of visions and a perfect fit for us,” said Huffington, in the statement. “The Huffington Post will continue on the same path we have been on for the last six years – though now at light speed — by combining with AOL.”

Huffington will be president and editor-in-chief of AOL’s new Huffington Post Media Group, which will include content from Engadget, TechCrunch, Moviefone, MapQuest, and other sites.

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Heidi Klum joins AOL venture

Heidi Klum and her Project Runway producers are partnering with AOL to create exclusive video content, articles, blogs, and instructional slideshows focusing on fashion, beauty, parenting, arts and crafts, relationships and lifestyle. “I have created a place on AOL that’s really one-stop-shopping: for women as moms, wives, workers, friends, and their most creative selves,” Klum says in a statement. The official date of the launch is still undetermined, with Klum estimating its arrival “a few months from now.”

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Steve Jobs takes another health-related leave from Apple

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is taking another leave of absence in order to focus on his health, CNN reports. It has been a year and a half since Jobs returned from his previous leave, which ran from January-June 2009, and during which time he received a liver transplant. Apple’s COO, Tim Cook, will take the reins of the company in the interim, and it is uncertain how long it may be until Jobs returns to Cupertino. In a letter to his employees announcing the leave, Jobs wrote, “I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.”

Video game sales stable in 2010

Video game sales in the United States in 2010 were about the same as they were in 2009, according to a market research group. While sales of portable, console, and PC games down about five percent, the sale of used games, digital downloads, games for smart phones, and games played over social networks increased to keep the overall sales figures around $15.5 billion. The Xbox 360 was the only console to sell more units in 2010 than 2009, perhaps thanks to the debut of Kinect, which sold over 8 million units in the last two months of the year. [AP]

Myspace cuts half its staff

Myspace is laying off nearly half its staff — about 500 people — worldwide, on the heels of the site’s massive redesign last fall, the AP reports. In November, News Corp.’s COO said the one-time social networking behemoth had “quarters, not years” to return to profitability.

Courtney Love sued for defamation after Twitter tirade

Courtney Love’s Twitter feed has gotten her in trouble again — only this time, it’s not the tabloid type of trouble. (Well, not exclusively.) Love is now facing a defamation lawsuit brought by designer Dawn Simorangkir, which claims that Love’s March 2009 Twitter tirade against her damaged her reputation and career. This marks the first high-profile defamation case based on a celebrity’s Twitter.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Love’s tweets … announced that Simorangkir was a drug-pushing prostitute with a history of assault and battery who lost custody of her own child and capitalized on Love’s fame before stealing from her. ‘She has received a VAST amount of money from me over 40,000 dollars and I do not make people famous and get raped TOO!’ Love wrote.” The tweets have since been deleted.

The trial begins Jan. 18.

'Call of Duty: Black Ops' pulls in $1 billion in sales

Activision’s megapopular Call of Duty: Black Ops officially raked in $1 billion in six weeks of sales, according to Variety, outpacing the previous highest-grossing video game, Modern Warfare 2. Black Ops crossed $650 million in sales in its first five days alone, and players have logged more than 600 million game-hours already.

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FCC approves net neutrality plan

The Federal Communications Commission voted today to approve some regulations for net neutrality. In a 3-2 verdict, the Commission ruled that broadband providers cannot block access to or discriminate against sites. Committee Chairman Julius Genachowski called the plan a “strong and sensible framework,” but it’s already meeting with blowback from both sides of the aisle, including members of the FCC itself. The plan distinguishes between wired and wireless Internet, banning only the former from “unreasonable discrimination” of web traffic. Democrats on the committee feel the regulations don’t go far enough, while Republicans say the rules overstep the committee’s bounds and will stifle economic growth. [CNET, Washington Post]

'World of Warcraft: Cataclysm' sells 3.3 million units in first 24 hours on the market

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, the latest expansion pack for Activision Blizzard Inc.’s massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), sold a massive 3.3 million units in just the first 24 hours after its release, according to Reuters. That sets a new record for the franchise: The last WoW expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, sold 2.8 million copies in one day when it was released in November 2008. WoW has approximately 12 million subscribers globally.

Cypress Hill back-up singer sues Rockstar Games, claims 'Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas' based on his life

Michael “Shagg” Washington, a model and back-up singer/performer for rap group Cypress Hill, has filed a lawsuit against Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive alleging the companies appropriated his image for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the Playstation 2 videogame released in October 2004. According to court documents filed by Washington’s lawyer in California on Monday, Washington met with a group of young videogame developers in January 2003 to discuss possible participation in a future videogame. The developers spent two hours asking Washington about “street life,” and he told them details about his “troubled youth.”

Washington signed no contract, and was never contacted by the developers again. In 2010, his young nephew informed him of his similarity to CJ, the main character in GTA: San Andreas. Washington’s suit claims that the GTA developers are guilty of copyright infringement and fraud, and is demanding $250 million in compensation.

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