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Boffins plot global (browser) cookie crumb trail

Privacy laws covering the use of personally-identifiable information are, on a global scale, creating a dizzying patchwork of cookie-cutter cookie-serving companies created to sniff our Web browsing. That's one conclusion of research led by Marjan Falahrastegar at Queen Mary University, London. The group, which included …
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20 years on: eWorld, Apple's spectacular online 'portal' failure

On June 20, 1994, Apple launched eWorld. The ambitious project sought to link Mac owners into an online community, connecting with one another and the Cupertinian mothership. Less than two years later, the project was dead. Customers were handed over to America Online and the plug was pulled at midnight on March 31, 1996. In …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jun 2014

AOL confirms security breach from spam attack

AOL has issued a warning to users that their personal information has been stolen by attackers, a week after the security of its servers was questioned. The net giant on Monday said that the same hackers behind last week's spam deluge were able to infiltrate its servers and lift information including email addresses, contact …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Apr 2014
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Indy devs to AOL: Save Winamp, or at least make it open source

A petition to save the doomed media player Winamp has already garnered more than 15,000 signatures, but the software's parent company has yet to show any signs of reversing its decision. Nullsoft, the AOL subsidiary that has developed Winamp for the last 15 years, announced last week that the software will reach the end of its …
Neil McAllister, 26 Nov 2013
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Winamp is still a thing? NOPE: It'll be silenced forever in December

The latest version of Winamp, released on Wednesday, will be the last, with the venerable media-playing software scheduled to all but vanish from the internet next month. "Winamp.com and associated web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013," reads a notice posted to the Winamp website on Wednesday. " …
Neil McAllister, 20 Nov 2013
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Judge bins lawsuit alleging AOL patent sale conspiracy theory

A US judge has dismissed a case against AOL and some of its top execs over their repurchase of millions of shares in 2011 without letting on that the company was planning to sell a $1bn patent portfolio to Microsoft. A shareholder had sued AOL, its chief exec Tim Armstrong and CFO Arthur Minson, saying that they knew about the …
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AOL boss: Soz about that 'Abel, you're fired!' Patch showdown

AOL boss Tim Armstrong has apologised for publicly humiliating the ailing company's former hyperlocal network creative director, after he sacked the exec during a tense conference call with employees about the fate of local news platform Patch. The whole exchange was recorded, presumably by another disgruntled member of staff …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Aug 2013

'Abel, you're fired!' Hear AOL supremo axe exec during conference call

Audio AOL boss Tim Armstrong appears to have axed a senior exec on the spot for pointing a camera at him during a conference call with about 1,000 Patch website staff. While in the middle of threatening the troubled hyperlocal news network with redundancies, Armstrong suddenly turned to Patch's creative director Abel Lenz and let …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Aug 2013
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Internet giant you may still remember (AOL) gobbles vid ad biz Adap.tv

AOL has bought advertising company Adap.tv in a bid to future-proof its online video services. The internet giant claimed the acquisition will make it the second biggest player in the online "video space", presumably behind Youtube. Adap.tv specialises in programmatic advertising, which allows media buyers to avoid the bulk …
Jasper Hamill, 7 Aug 2013

Google and fellow ad-slingers PROMISE to starve pirates of oxygen

The Internet's big brands are volunteering to try and withhold advertising dollars from piracy-related Web sites, and have linked arms with the White House's Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator to promote a no-ads-for-pirates scheme. Microsoft, Yahoo!, AOL, 24/7 Media, Adtegrity, AOL, Condé Nast, Google, SpotXchange …
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British Bebo founder buys back social network for $849m profit

"Buy low, sell high," is the investor's mantra. Michael Birch, the British founder of Bebo, has just amply demonstrated that principle by spending a piddling $1m to buy back the social network he sold to AOL for $850m five years ago. We just bought Bebo back for $1m. Can we actually re-invent it? Who knows, but it will be fun …
Iain Thomson, 2 Jul 2013
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Hurricane Sandy blows away Gizmodo, HuffPo, various other blogs

Hurricane Sandy has taken out five of New York's biggest blogsites - the Huffington Post and all its global offshoots; Buzzfeed; and the Gawker portfolio - Gizmodo US, Gawker, Jezebel. The downtime was reported from 1900 Eastern Daylight Time (2300 GMT) last night. Visits to the blogs currently call up a host of "connection …
Anna Leach, 30 Oct 2012
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AOL slaps on 'online Nielsen ratings' to lure advertising fat cats

AOL hopes to steal a march on its online competitors in the US over the next few weeks, when it shows off its use of metrics – which are the closest Nielsen can get to comparing the results of online video based ad campaigns with TV campaigns. AOL has announced the use of this new model, which uses the Nielsen gross rating …
Faultline, 22 Apr 2012
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AOL investor: $1bn Microsoft patent deal not good enough

A major shareholder in AOL wants to shake up the firm's board, saying its billion-dollar patent deal with Microsoft wasn't good enough. AOL has agreed to sell a bundle of more than 800 patents to Microsoft and license the rest of its intellectual property to the software giant and other firms. Agitating hedge fund Starboard …
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AOL sells Microsoft 800+ patents for over $1bn

AOL has confirmed that it is selling Microsoft a bundle of over 800 pieces of its patent portfolio for $1.056bn, and will be licensing its remaining intellectual property to Redmond and others. "The agreement with Microsoft represents the culmination of a robust auction process for our patent portfolio," said AOL CEO Tim …
Iain Thomson, 9 Apr 2012
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AOL: No plans to bin instant messager

AOL will continue to support and evolve its instant messaging software AIM, its PR team said today, contradicting a rumour that AOL was about to pull the plug on the service. Job cuts at AOL USA seem to have fallen hardest on the AIM division. AOL workers told the NYT that 40 of them had received pink slip, which was later …
Anna Leach, 15 Mar 2012
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AOL pulls the plug on Brizzly

Popular social media client Brizzly will pull down the shutters on March 31st and is urging users to hurry up and download any pictures they stored with the service before that date. Brizzly came to prominence in 2009 at a Tech Crunch event. The next year AOL acquired it and said it had no intention of shuttering the service, …
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AOL joins advertiser exodus from Rush Limbaugh

AOL has joined the growing band of companies who are dumping their advertising with US radio shock-jock Rush Limbaugh over his comments in the "slutgate" saga. "At AOL one of our core values is that we act with integrity. We have monitored the unfolding events and have determined that Mr. Limbaugh's comments are not in line …
Iain Thomson, 5 Mar 2012

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