Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Apple, LinkedIn and Aol have all teamed up to oppose
widespread government surveillance. In an open letter to the US president and members of congress, the companies urge
the government to reform
its digital spy apparatus.
reactions at the Guardian.
posted by brina
on Dec 9, 2013 -
Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple are being monitored by the FBI and NSA, with Dropbox "coming soon."
So what can you do? Use some alternatives
. As Gabriel Weinberg, founder of DuckDuckGo
, told NPR: "we made the choice to just not track people so there is nothing to turn over.
posted by filthy light thief
on Jun 26, 2013 -
On June 3rd, a week after AOL's announcement of the closure of Comics Alliance [previously
], Townsquare Media Group opted to acquire
the IP, in addition to three music sites focused on country, hip-hop and metal.
In response to the turnaround, Comics Alliance opted to recount
their change of fortune in sequential format.
posted by Smart Dalek
on Jun 3, 2013 -
In February, PBS and AOL launched Makers
, a video archive containing personal stories and anecdotes told in the first person by women, many of whom have sparked groundbreaking changes in American culture. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Oct 4, 2012 -
Living The Dream ... at AOL .
For two months last fall, Eric Simons secretly took up residence inside the Internet giant's Palo Alto, Calif., campus, eating free food, enjoying gym access, and building a startup in the process.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy
on May 28, 2012 -
Microsoft has agreed to purchase a big chunk of AOL's intellectual property for a big chunk of cash. Left unremarked
in most business news coverage is a little matter of history: A closure of sorts for the fiercest -- and possibly the most expensive -- tech rivalry of the dotcom era. Microsoft will own Netscape
. [more inside]
posted by ardgedee
on Apr 9, 2012 -
One night, I awoke out of a dead sleep, and jumped to my computer, and instantly began typing up an article about David Letterman. I kept going for ten minutes, until I realized I had dreamed it all. There was no article to write; I was simply typing up the same meaningless phrases that we all always used: “LADY GAGA PANTLESS ON LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN,” or some such.
AOL Hell: An AOL Content Slave Speaks Out.
posted by Horace Rumpole
on Jun 17, 2011 -
A little ahead of schedule, Yahoo
have released their lists of items most often searched for in 2010. Google hasn't released their list but you can see popular searches using their Insights
posted by morganannie
on Dec 2, 2010 -
Remember AOL Time Warner, the poster child of dotcom corporate hubris? It's still around, if only for a few more days. On December 9, the current media megacorp will fraction off former computer network behemoth AOL as a web portal firm and online brand. And what will that brand be? It will be a stock photo superimposed with a white Helvetica "Aol."
And, well, that's it
. [more inside]
posted by ardgedee
on Nov 23, 2009 -
Almost three years ago, AOL started on a path towards being a "low-cost producer of high-quality content at scale" when they purchase Weblogs, Inc. in late 2006
. At the beginning of 2009, AOL count[ed] more than 75 sites in its publishing portfolio and plans to add 30 more in the coming year
, all gathered under Media Glow
. AOL currently has approximately 1,500 content-writing staff, around 1,000 of those people are working full time for AOL, the rest are freelancing.
That's twice the number from a year ago, and AOL has set the goal of doubling or tripling the total by next year. The TechCrunch article states that these writers include former journalists at BusinessWeek, New York Times, USA Today, ESPN, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Consumer Reports, Condé Nast and scores of regional and national newspapers and magazines. In an interview
, Marty Moe, SVP of AOL Media, said: "Principally, we have none of the legacy costs associated with producing print publications, for example. We don't own printing presses, or fleets of delivery trucks. We don't have the elaborate editorial structures geared to producing products over a printing press." (via
posted by filthy light thief
on Aug 7, 2009 -
has live videos from more than 150 different artists specially recorded for the series. Here are just a few of the artists on offer: Paul McCartney
, Mary J. Blige
, Modest Mouse
, Tori Amos
, Tom Petty
, Red Hot Chili Peppers
, Natasha Bedingfield
, Cat Power
, Toby Keith
, Lil' Wayne
, Robert Plant
, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
, Kelly Rowland
and Brian Wilson
. To the left of the videos there's a Q&A link that has short interview videos with the artists as well as behind the scenes
footage and longer interviews
posted by Kattullus
on Sep 22, 2008 -
According to ComScore, Google takes 59.8% of search traffic in the US, leaving Yahoo, MSN and smaller players to fight for the scraps. Pretty pie-chart here
. Slightly different numbers are available from Compete
, but Google still rules the roost.
posted by SharQ
on Apr 17, 2008 -
Think of Cancellation Calls as Sales Leads!
Why did Vincent
have such a hard time cancelling his AOL account? It turns out that his customer service rep was just following the AOL Retention Manual, a copy of which was sent to consumerist.com. Nicholas Graham, executive vice president of AOL Corporate Communications, had sent Vincent a formal apology
- right now his site's been pummeled beyond capacity) saying, "The employee in question violated our customer service guidelines and practices, and everything that AOL believes to be important in customer care."
Um...really? New York Times article
on the cancellation-call hoopla. via digg.
posted by granted
on Jul 18, 2006 -
When you really, really
want your email to arrive at its destination: now you gotta pay postage
. Another brilliant, forward-looking idea for monetizing-the-InternetTM
from the wizards at AOL and Yahoo.
posted by digaman
on Feb 4, 2006 -
The end of the endless September.
"America Online on Tuesday confirmed that it will stop supporting access to newsgroups." Thus ends what many labeled the greatest plague upon the Internet, the (triple posting) barbarian horde
that descended upon Usenet when AOL added Usenet access for its members.
This is when Usenet returns to utility, readability and civility. Right?
posted by NortonDC
on Jan 25, 2005 -
Adults are picking up instant messaging
in record numbers, with 50% of those over 35 using various systems. This study was funded by AOL, which has a major stake in the instant messaging market through its popular AIM software. But most people who use IM in the workplace are still using free and unsecured systems, despite the availability of secure versions in enterprise software and products like IM Secure
posted by etoile
on Sep 2, 2004 -