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Verizon is said to approach AOL for possible takeover, venture. Bloomberg reports that Verizon is "primarily interested in AOL’s programmatic advertising technology -- the automated buying and selling of ads online -- which two people said could be paired with a future online-video product. With a takeover it would also gain Internet properties including the Huffington Post and subscribers who pay for Internet access."

ESPN will be available through a streaming service, no cable required. "For many TV viewers, the only reason to keep paying for expensive cable subscriptions is to watch sports. And for that, they invariably need ESPN, the powerful network that has exclusive rights to many of the country’s most popular football and basketball games,” reports the Post. "Now, that linchpin is being removed."

Gogo issues fake HTTPS certificate to users visiting YouTube. "Gogo has been caught issuing a fake digital certificate for YouTube," reports Ars Technica, "a practice that in theory could allow the inflight broadband provider to view passwords and other sensitive information exchanged between end users and the Google-owned video service."

AT&T still 'very bullish' on Sponsored Data despite just 10 customers so far. FierceWireless reports: "A full year after introducing the concept of Sponsored Data, AT&T Mobility is still highly enthused about the program's potential despite having signed up just 10 pilot program customers, according to a senior AT&T executive."

Bitstamp exchange hacked, $5M worth of bitcoin stolen. ZDNet reports: "European bitcoin exchange Bitstamp suspended trading Monday after one of its active, operational bitcoin storage wallets was 'compromised' over the weekend."