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Former YouTube Monetization Guy Moves To AOL

The man to whom Google once entrusted YouTube’s financials is now going to see what he can do for AOL.  Former YouTube head of monetization Shashi Seth has been hired as AOL’s senior vice president of global advertising products. 

Ex -Yahoo Exec Joins AOL
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AOL has named former Yahoo executive Brad Garlinghouse as President of its Internet and Mobile Communications.

Garlinghouse will also head up AOL’s Silicon Valley operations from its Mountain View campus, acting as the West Coast lead for AOL Ventures, the company’s venture capital arm led by Jon Brod.

AOL Taps Arthur Minson As CFO
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AOL has named Arthur Minson as the company’s new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Minson replaces Nisha Kumar, who left AOL earlier this summer. Minson was previously with Time Warner Cable, where he served as Executive Vice President and Deputy CFO and had a hand in helping manage that division’s separation from Time Warner. Prior to his role at Time Warner Cable, Minson led AOL’s Corporate Finance and Development activities.

MapQuest Launches Missing Children Widget
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AOL’s MapQuest has partnered with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to launch a new widget on MapQuest Local that includes missing child alerts and information from NCMEC.

AOL Files Suit Against Advertise.com
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It seems that AOL doesn’t have much faith in the public’s reading comprehension skills.  This week, it filed suit against Advertise.com on the basis that "Advertise.com" is too similar to a couple of terms AOL has used for years.

The official complaint (obtained by Domain Name Wire) stated, "Plaintiffs and their predecessors have continuously used and extensively promoted the ADVERTISING.COM and AD.COM names and marks in connection with the provision of a variety of services."

Bing Sees Modest Search Gains In July
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Microsoft’s Bing managed to make a slight gain in July while Google and Yahoo saw miniscule declines in search, according to comScore.

Google led the U.S. search market in July with 64.7 percent of the searches conducted, followed by Yahoo (19.3%), and Bing (8.9%). Ask grabbed 3.9 percent of the search market, followed by AOL with 3.1 percent.

Gmail Knocks AOL Out of the Way in Race to the Top
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Gmail has reportedly become the third largest web-based email service in the United States. According to data from comScore, Gmail has surpassed AOL’s email service.

This data shows that in July Gmail had 37 million unique visitors, while AOL had 36.4 million. If this data is accurate, and Gmail continues to grow, that just leaves Windows Live Hotmail and Yahoo Mail left for it to tackle.

Former Googler Gets Top Spot At Bebo

Bebo’s last head, Joanna Shields, left the post about 14 months ago, and the long delay in appointing a replacement raised a number of questions about what direction the social networking brand might take.  But now Bebo has a new head, and his name is Stephane Panier.

Time Warner Reclaims Google’s Stake In AOL
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Google may be great at search, advertising, and a lot of other things, but its investment strategies could apparently use some work.  Time Warner has bought back Google’s five percent stake in AOL – for which the search giant paid $1 billion in 2003 – for a mere $283 million.

AOL’s Recent CEO Passes Through 100th Day

As a culture, we love to try to determine how successful someone will be in a huge job based on the first 100 days. We do it regularly with the President of the US and now there is the same examination occurring with Tim Armstrong, the recently minted CEO of AOL. Much like our struggling economy AOL needs some real help and Armstrong was brought in to get the once high-flying Internet giant back among the ranks of the heavyweights.

Apollo 11 Takes to the Virtual Skies
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Just as it did 40 years ago, at 9:32 AM ET this morning, Saturn V launched into the virtual skies, its destination… the Moon and history books everywhere.

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Where were you when Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the Moon? Tell us.

AOL Names Bebo VP Head Of European Sales

AOL has named Kate Burns as head of its European Sales division where she will be in charge of ad sales on AOL’s properties.

Burns was previously Vice President and Managing Director, Europe, of AOL’s social media company, Bebo. In her new role, Burns will report directly to AOL Global Advertising and Strategy President Jeff Levick.

Bing/Google Overlap Steady After launch
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WebProNews received some interesting data from Compete, looking at how searchers are using Bing, with regards to how this use overlaps with the use of other search engines.

The Web Feels The Impact of Michael Jackson’s Death
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Who is the most famous person in the world? A simple question with thousands of possible answers.

Some might say the Pope while others might say President Obama. It’s total speculation; an argument can be made for just about any well-known person.

AOL’s Truveo Video Search Gets a Makeover

AOL’s Truveo, which touts itself as the 2nd largest video search engine both in the US and worldwide, has relaunched its site for 17 countries. The company says the update makes it easier than ever to find video on the web.

AP Has Some Ideas For Making Money Online
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The Associated Press (AP) is saying it hopes to negotiate more lucrative licensing deals with major web sites. Reporting for the AP itself, Michale Liedtke says that AP CEO Tom Curley discussed possible revenue initiatives to protect online content.

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Here are some key facts from the Liedtke’s piece: 

Do You Respect DMOZ After 11 Years?
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DMOZ has now officially been around for 11 years. AOL is honoring this birthday with a blog post on the AOL Search Blog. It says:

From its humble beginnings 11 years ago, DMOZ has grown to be the largest human-edited directory on the Web. Today, on the websites anniversary, we take a look at DMOZ’s influence on the web.

AOL Buys Two Local Online Media Companies
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AOL has acquired two local online media companies Patch Media Corp. and Going Inc. in an effort to further build on its current local network.

Patch is a local news platform focused on smaller towns and Going is a local platform for people to find and share information about things to do in a number of cites.

Execs Mulling Subscription Model For Hulu
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Jonathan Miller, the new chief digital officer for News Corp., wants to see Hulu become a pay site. In fact, Miller thinks Web companies are going to have to find a way to charge for what they used to give away for free.

AOL Spin-Off Gets Approval

Not so much a revelation, but more of tying-up a loose end. As expected, Time Warner’s board of directors have approved the spin-off of AOL–sans the dial-up division.

Time Warner Plans For AOL Spinoff
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Time Warner said Thursday that its board is moving ahead with plans to separate its AOL division and make it an independent, publicly traded company.

"We believe that a separation will be the best outcome for both Time Warner and AOL," said Jeff Bewkes, Time Warner Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.