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AOL Beats Q4 Estimates

Earlier this morning, AOL reported its fourth quarter earnings results, and for shareholders, there’s both good news and bad news.  The good: the company beat most analysts’ expectations.  The bad: a column documenting year-over-year changes is still almost full of double-digit negative numbers.

Indeed, total revenue decreased 26 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2009, advertising revenue fell by the same amount, and free cash flow plunged by 38 percent, none of which is encouraging.

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AOL Acquires Online Video Network Goviral

AOL said today it has acquired the European online video distribution network goviral for $74.1 million.

In addition, AOL will pay goviral $22.6 million over two years following completion of the deal.

“Video is core to AOL’s consumer programming strategy and goviral has created an incredibly compelling platform that delivers highly measureable and cost effective solutions to publishers and advertisers,” said Kate Burns, SVP, AOL Europe.


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TechCrunch Not Worried About Stepping On AOL Toes

TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington hasn’t been afraid of pissing off AOL since the company acquired the popular tech blog late last year. 

Earlier this month, Arrington waged a blog war of sorts against fellow AOL tech blog Engadget, which drew a lot of media attention, and got other tech bloggers asking questions like, "How long will Mike Arrington possibly last as an AOL employee?"

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AOL Partners With Valassis On Digital Coupons

Coupon marketing company Valassis said today it has formed a partnership with AOL to create “one of the largest paperless digital coupon footprints in the United States, including over 7,500 grocery retail stores.”

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AOL Launches Highlights From Comedian’s Podcasts

AOL said today it is launching late night video programming featuring highlights from the podcasts of “The Adam Carolla Show,” “Kevin Pollack’s Chat Show,” and Kevin Smith’s SModcast Network.

“AOL Late Night” launches today at 10PM (ET) and will feature interviews with celebrities, actors, writers directors, comedians, and musicians.


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Hyperlocal News: How Big is the Demand?

Would you read a publication dedicated to news about the neighborhood you live in? The web has made an infinite amount of information from all over the world available to you in realtime at a non-stop pace. We now have nearly every piece of news about everything we care about either coming directly to us via social media sites and/or news readers, and the rest is available in seconds via a quick search. 

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AOL Adds New Content Partnerships

AOL has reached new content partnerships with Sporting News, Everyday Health and Move Inc as part of its strategy to create unique original content.

Tim-Armstrong-AOL “AOL will be doubling down on our strategy in 2011,” said Tim Armstrong, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AOL Inc.

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AOL Hires Fox News Editor To Run Homepage

AOL said today it has named Stephen Bromberg Executive Editor of

Prior to joining AOL, Bromberg was Executive Editor,, where he oversaw the development and publication of all online content for the website. In this role he directed the editorial team to ensure that quality stories  were posted quickly and accurately to the website. Bromberg joined in 2000 as News Manager and was promoted to Senior News Editor in 2001 before assuming the role of Executive Editor in 2003.

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Paul Allen Refiles Lawsuit Against Top Tech Companies

Whatever his faults, Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen is at least persistent and ambitious.  Allen proved this yesterday by refiling a patent infringement lawsuit against AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo, and YouTube.

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AOL Acquires Personal Profile Site

AOL announced that it’s acquiring, described as a "social identity site" that allows users to create personal profile pages.

With these profiles users can display their Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn profiles, as well as their email address, blog links, etc. 

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AOL To Bolster Display Ad Offerings With Pictela Pick-Up

AOL announced that it has acquired ad platform firm Pictela. The company makes what is described as a "high-definition brand content platform" for online advertising and social media. This follows other recent acquisitions by AOl, such as that of TechCrunch, Thing Labs, 5min Media, and StudioNow. 

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Report: Brand Perception Suffers in 2010 for Google, Yahoo, Facebook, MySpace

WebProNews received some interesting findings from YouGov BrandIndex, indicating that it has not been a good year for public perception of social media brands (which in this case includes Google, Yahoo, Bing, and AOL, in addition to more obvious brands like Facebook and MySpace).

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AOL Reportedly Considering Break Up to Attract Yahoo Merger

AOL and Yahoo both have new focuses on churning out content. This is one reason why some industry analysts have suggested that the two companies would be a good fit for a merger. It’s made for interesting conversation, but there has never been any substantial evidence that the two companies would ever pursue such an endeavor. 

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MapQuest Launches Free Gasoline Sweepstakes For The Holidays

AOL’s MapQuest has launched a month-long “Free Gas for a Year” sweepstakes for the holiday season.

MapQuest will be giving away free gas for a year to 31 people, one winner, everyday, during December.

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AOL Gets Big on Video

AOL has launched a new AOL Video division, which the company says will aggregate its online video library assets under one "strategic umbrella." The company also says it delivers on the entire video value chain from creation through syndication to distribution, consumer experience and monetization. 

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AOL Announces Email Redux Ahead of Expected Facebook Email Announcement

Facebook is expected to make an announcement today that could have a huge impact on the email industry, but AOL made an announcement first. The company has unveiled a preview of a new version of AOL Mail, which it’s referring to as "Project Phoenix."

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AOL Launches New Video Program

 AOL said today it has launched an original video program that will be featured on its recently relaunched homepage.

AOL’s “The One,” launches today and was created in partnership with Next New Networks, a provider of original video content.

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Investors Show Support For Yahoo-AOL Deal

Starting late yesterday, a fresh round of rumors began to circulate about a possible Yahoo-AOL deal.  Then other sources and experts denied that anything’s taking place.  But investors still seem to be excited about the concept, sending Yahoo and AOL’s stocks up a significant amount in early trading.

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AOL Achieves Big Q3 Profits

Earlier this morning, AOL delivered its third-quarter earnings report, and while there were significant problems, the company was able to impress investors.  AOL’s stock is now up 6.05 percent, which is more than a decent way for it to start the day.

That increase is in part due to the fact AOL was able to report $563.5 million in total revenue, even though analysts thought the company would just report $557.0 million.  Also, thanks to the sale of Kayak and ICQ, AOL managed to report $171.6 million in profit – a 132 percent year-over-year jump.

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AOL Sells Office Buildings And Land For $144.5 Million

AOL said today it is selling  four of its office buildings it no longer uses and two undeveloped pieces of land on its Dulles, Virginia campus to CB Richard Ellis Realty Trust for $144.5 million.

Artie-Minson AOL said as of today it has approximately $750 million of cash on hand.

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Reports Name Yahoo A Takeover Target (Again)

Despite the whole Microsoft debacle, it’s still possible – and perhaps likely, judging by the reaction of some investors – that one or more organizations will buy Yahoo.  Rumors about takeover plans have begun to swirl, and Yahoo’s stock has begun to soar.

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AOL Brings Back Local Food And Entertainment Guide

AOL said today it is relaunching its City’s Best online guide to provide local food and entertainment reviews in 25 metro areas.

City’s Best local editors and writers in each market have visited and selected the best food,  and entertainment destinations in each city creating directory listings for each. AOL will invite local users to chose the most popular spots.


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Should Google Buy Twitter, Yahoo Merge with AOL?

There is a lot of talk going on about what should or shouldn’t happen among prominent Internet companies (as opposed to what actually is happening). For example, a lot of people have been saying Google should buy Twitter. In many ways, such move would make a great deal of sense for Google, who is looking to up the ante on the social front. Twitter combined with YouTube would be huge for such an initiative. John Battelle makes a case for why this is pretty unlikely though.

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Signs That Blogging is Not Only Alive, But More Critical Than Ever

Every so often, one of those "social media vs. blogs" discussions comes up. Questions like "is social media killing blogging?" gets asked. Time and time again, the answer is a resounding "no", but various pieces of news released this week seem to really drive that point home. 

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AOL Acquires Thing Labs and Brizzly

AOL has acquired Thing Labs, makers of Brizzly. Brizzly is a social media reader that lets users view and post updates to Twitter and Facebook., see photos and watch videos.

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Google Maps Photo Layer Gets Improvements, MapQuest Launches Atlas

There are a couple interesting things happening with online maps today. Google has updated its Photos layer and MapQuest has introduced Atlas. 

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AOL Officially Acquires TechCrunch

Update: AOL has now officially announced its acquisition of TechCrunch for an undisclosed amount. TechCrunch will continue to operate independently as a wholly-owned AOL unit.

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AOL Acquires 5min Media to Bolster Video Content

AOL has acquired video syndication platform 5min Media. 5min claims to reach 160 million unique monthly visitors and has tens of thousands of videos across 20 categories and 140 sub-categories. 

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AOL Launches New Display Ad Format

AOL said today that seven brands have signed on as founding partners for its new display advertising format called “Project Devil.”

Found partners include General Mills brands Cheerios, Pillsbury Crescents, Lexus, Macy’s, Procter & Gamble’s Olay, Sprint, and Unilever’s Suave Professionals.

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The Town That Google Forgot, Facebook’s Mobile Strategy

Matt McGee at Search Engine Land has an interesting story about the town that disappeared entirely from Google Maps. Sunrise, Florida mysteriously vanished, but was resurrected. Google gave the site the following statement:

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AOL And Patch Partner With Colleges On Journalism

AOL and its subsidiary Patch have launched PatchU, a new network of partnerships between local Patch online publications and colleges and universities, with a focus on helping the next generation of journalists.

The initiative, which launched this fall, offers interships and coursework at local Patch publications to students under the guidance  of Patch’s editors.

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Yahoo And Microsoft Make Small Search Gains

Google continued its reign over the U.S. search market in August with 65.4 percent market share, followed by Yahoo with 17.4 percent (up 0.3 percentage points) and Microsoft with 11.1 percent (up 0.1 percentage points), according to the latest analysis from comScore.

 Ask saw no change month-over-month capturing 3.8 percent of the search market, followed by AOL, which also remained flat with 2.3 percent of the market.

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AOL Partners With Ellen DeGeneres

AOL has entered into a partnership with The Ellen DeGeneres Show to promote the program and its website.

AOL will promote The Ellen DeGeneres Show on its websites and AOL Television. will promote AOL content daily, providing links to other AOL sites and working on larger promotional deal with related content.

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AOL Renews Search Ad Deal With Google

AOL said today it has signed a five-year search advertising deal with Google renewing its partnership with the search company that dates back to 2002.

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Facebook Goes Back to the University, A New Spin on Online Charities

Facebook has launched a "Universities on Facebook" page to "help students and campus organizations discover how to take full advantage of Facebook’s features to publicize events, distribute content, and foster community and school spirit."

The company has also acquired an interesting search patent for ranking based on click frequency.

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Microsoft Co-Founder Sues Google, AOL, eBay, Facebook, Netflix, Yahoo, Apple, Etc.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has a company called Interval Licensing, and it is suing the following  eleven companies: AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo, and YouTube.

The claim, filed in the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington, alleges that these companies have infringed upon patents held by Interval. The patents in question include:

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AOL Gives Parents Tool for Eavesdropping on Kids’ Social Networking

AOL has released the results from a new survey, conducted by Nielsen, about parenting and social networking. The survey found that over half of children don’t knows all of their "friends" personally.

The survey also found that 76% of parents with kids on Facebook have "friended" their teenagers, while 29% of these teens would un-friend their parents if they were given the option. Heartwarming isn’t it? These kids are twice as likely to un-friend their mothers as opposed to their fathers.

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AOL Canada Gets New General Manager

AOL has named Graham Moysey its General Manager for AOL Canada. In the past, he has served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media at Canwest Global Communications, Canada’s largest integrated media company. There, he was responsible for all revenue, product and digital strategies.

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AOL To Expand Patch To 500 Sites

AOL said today it has launched 100 Patch local news sites and has plans to grow that number to 500 by the end of the year.

AOL plans to hire 500 journalists to support its Patch expansion and it will likely be the largest hirer of full-time journalists in the U.S. this year.

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Facebook And AOL Consider Online Ad Deal

Facebook and AOL are reportedly in discussions about a strategic alliance to improve their online advertising business.

The two companies have been in talks for a number of months that would allow Facebook to team with AOL in selling online advertisements, the New York Post said, citing three separate sources.

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Lawmakers Question Yahoo, AOL And MySpace Over Online Tracking

U.S. representatives Ed Markey (D-Mass) and Joe Barton (R-Texas) sent a letter today to 15 companies identified in a recent Wall Street Journal investigation as installing consumer-tracking technologies to target users visiting these sites.

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MapQuest Lets You Send Locations To Your Ford, Lincoln, or Mercury

AOL’s MapQuest announced a partnership with Ford Motor Company today, in which MapQuest users will be able to search for destinations from the MapQuest site, and send them directly to their Ford, Lincoln, or Mercury vehicles (so long as they are equipped with the SYNC Traffic, Directions and Information service).

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Is Quality Really in Jeopardy Because of Content Farms?

So-called content farms draw a lot of criticism for a supposed lack of quality and some consider them a threat to quality on the web in general. We’re talking about entities like Demand Media, Associated Content, the new AOL, etc. (the definition of the term content farm itself is also debated).

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AOL Revenues Drops 26% Year Over Year

AOL reported its Q2 earnings today, not quite living up to analysts’ expectations. Rather than just spit all of the numbers at you, I’ll just post the charts that AOL was kind enough to include in its announcement.

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AOL Offers Former Google Offices To Startups

AOL’s managed to tempt a number of employees away from Google over the past couple of years, with the list including names like Tim Armstrong, Caroline Campbell, Tim Castelli, Erin Clift, David Eun, Kristin Kovner, Jeff Levick, Jeff Reynar, and Maureen Sullivan.  Now, it looks like AOL will – with Google’s approval – take some office space, too.

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Court Ruling Raises Fair Use Questions Around DRM

Elecronista reports that a new court ruling could set a legal precedent to allow the bypassing of DRM for fair use purposes. "The decision could impact the media industry as it may allow breaking DRM for music, movies and other formats as long as the material isn’t pirated," says Electronista.

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Google, Apple, Yahoo, AOL, Dell, HP, RIM, McAfee, Symantec, Siemens Sued Over Spam Filtering

A few days ago, a Texas-based company called InNova Patent Licensing filed an infringement lawsuit against 36 well-known companies. The company claims to hold the patent on spam filtering, and appears to be resting on the notion that any company using spam filtering owes them.

Among the companies being sued are Google, Apple, AOL, Dell, HP, RIM, Yahoo, McAfee, Symantec, and Siemens. The list doesn’t stop at tech companies though. It also contains names like Frito Lay, Cinemark, J.C. Penney, Rent-A-Center, and Dr. Pepper.

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AOL Launches New Mobile Portal and Android Apps

AOL has launched a new smartphone portal at and 2 new Android apps. In fact, AOL specifically says that it’s increasing its focus on Android.

The smartphone portal is for HTML5-supporting smartphones, providing a touch-driven interface that allows for easy scrolling through articles and content, as well as location-based services for weather, movies, traffic, etc. There is also an app directory for users to find mobile apps, and it supports video content.

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AOL Launches Advertising Hub For Politics

AOL has launched AOL Advertising Politics hub aimed at campaigns, advocacy groups and companies looking to target audiences online.

Online display advertising has become a key factor for political campaigns. With the Supreme Court ruling earlier this year lifting the restrictions on political ad spending from corporations, companies can now join campaign and issue advocacy groups in influencing voters online. AOL hopes to capitalize on the upcoming November elections.

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MapQuest Rolls Out New Look

AOL’s MapQuest has introduced a new look and feel that goes beyond maps and driving directions and focuses more on local search.

Starting today users can opt in via a link to try out the new MapQuest. The new redesign will replace the old version of MapQuest in about a month.

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