All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Patch’

AOL Gets Rid Of Patch, But Keeps Minority Stake

AOL will continue to have a relationship with its hyperlocal news service Patch, but is relinquishing operation and majority control, as it has announced a new joint venture with Hale Global. AOL says it will contribute Patch to a new limited liability company, of which Hale will own the majority, and will operate. AOL will retain a minority interest. Financial …

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AOL Income Down 61% in Third Quarter

AOL today released its third quarter earnings report, showing a large 61% year-over-year drop in operating income to just 16.7 million. This on total revenues of $561 million, a 6% increase from revenue generated during the third quarter of 2012. The shortfall was not due to advertising revenue, which rose 14% year-over-year to $386 million. Ad revenue from both the …

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AOL Reportedly Laying Off Hundreds From Patch, CEO Reportedly Fires Someone For Taking His Picture

Layoffs are coming to AOL’s Patch hyperlocal news service over the next week or so, according to multiple reports. When the company reported its earnings earlier this week, CEO Tim Armstrong indicated that AOL would get rid of up to 300 Patch sites. The company is not commenting publicly about Patch currently, but plenty of rumors and bits of news …

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Internet Explorer 8 Zero-Day Exploit Gets Fixed Today

Earlier this month, Internet Explorer 8 was hit with a pretty nasty zero-day exploit. Microsoft sprung to action with a quick fix, but there wasn’t a permanent patch solution available just yet. That day has finally come with the patch hitting Windows PCs later today. The Microsoft Security Response Center reported on Sunday that a patch for Internet Explorer 8 …

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Resident Evil 6 Gets Patched Up In December

Resident Evil 6 took a beating from critics and players upon its release. I found the game to be pretty fun, but it definitely has some issues. Capcom can’t really fix a lot of said issues so they’re going to do the next best thing – release a lot of free content. Capcom detailed a patch hitting Resident Evil 6 …

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Oracle Finally Patches Huge Java Exploit

It was brought to the Internet’s attention on Monday that Java was susceptible to a pretty nasty exploit that could see a user’s PC infected with malware. It was later revealed this morning that Java knew about the exploit since April, but was holding off on a patch until the regularly scheduled update in October. Fortunately, the urgency of the …

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AOL CEO Armstrong Moving Full Steam Ahead with Patch

On the heels of winning a proxy showdown against a gang of grumbling shareholders yesterday, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong is punctuating his victory over that cabal of activist investors known as Starboard by pushing the very product they insisted was a poor business endeavor: AOL’s local news platform, Patch. Although Patch has yet to return a profit for AOL, the …

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AOL’s Patch Set New Traffic, Revenue Record in May

Despite a damaging report last month from a group of disgruntled investors that said AOL’s Patch was not a “viable business,” the service still had a good month in May as it set an all-time high for traffic and revenue. Patch, AOL’s local news dispensary, served 11.7 million users in May, marking a 14% increase in users from April when …

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Is The Internet A Danger To Local News?

The funeral bells have been tolling for some time now for the print industry, signifying the demise of newspapers and magazines as more and more news is generated for Internet consumption. As people continue to surround themselves with more digital screens – their tvs, their smartphones, their tablets – one would could easily argue that the relocation of viable news …

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AOL’s Patch Editor Brian Farnham Resigns

Patch editor-in-chief Brian Farnham announced today on his blog that he’s leaving the AOL-owned local news network. Farnham’s blog post is fairly detailed, and one of the first points that he makes relates that he’ll be staying with Patch in some capacity in the future : I love Patch, and I plan on staying very connected as an active alum, …

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Skyrim 1.5 Update Arrives for Consoles

Back in March, PC players received the Skyrim 1.5 update. And now, the rest of us can experience the new kill cameras and animations. Over on the Bethesda blog, they tell us that 1.5 is officially available on Xbox LIVE. As of Thursday morning, it’s not quite ready to go on PS3 – but they say that it should be …

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Enormous Battlefield 3 PC Patch Is Live!

The enormous Battlefield 3 patch that hit the PS3 earlier this week is now live for all PC players. The 1.6 GB update is available now and features updates that were included in the PS3 patch. They also go more in depth about what is being offered in this patch. Here is the full post form the official Battlefield Blog: …

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More Pink Slips Handed Out At AOL

Looks like even more people got fired at AOL yesterday. Business Insider reports that a number of employees in the New York office marketing department were called in to meet with managers about their positions. The meetings didn’t go well. Yesterday’s firings are the latest in a slew of job cuts that have taken place at AOL this month. Other …

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Skyrim 1.5 Update Officially Arrives for PC

Last week, Bethesda released the Skyrim 1.5 update in beta. The update fixes various bugs throughout the adventure – like weapon specifics, character glitches, and minor problems with certain quests. But probably the most important and exciting thing to arrive with 1.5 are the new kill cams. Now, ranged attacks and magic attacks have their own kill animations. Until now, …

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Skyrim 1.5 Update Adds More Kill Cams

I think we can all agree that Skyrim is a pretty fantastic game worthy of all the praise, including game of the year at GDC. Like with any good game, however, there are always ways to improve. Bethesda has taken this to heart with Skyrim and is adding even more community content as official patches. The Bethesda Blog was updated …

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Skyrim Gets First Unofficial Patch

Bethesda has handled the launch and post-launch upkeep of Skyrim way better than any of their previous games. By all accounts, it’s a pretty stable game without much wrong with it. There are still a few minor issues that Bethesda has historically never fixed, and now the first unofficial patch is out to fix it. Coming from the official Elder …

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Pulse News Launches Local Feature

News application Pulse announced today that it’s launching Local, a new category that allows users to easily discover what’s going on around them, including news, sports, food and deals. Pulse local “will always keep you in the know.” Pulse Local has partnered with Patch, and affords users access to local knowledge in hundreds of communities. It also include CBS Local …

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AOL To Cut 50 Jobs

According to the Wall Street Journal, AOL plans to cut up to 50 jobs from it’s AIM unit. AIM is best known for its Instant Messanger service. Among those being cut is vice president of AIM products, Jason Shellen. The layoffs are expected to occur within the next few weeks. AOL’s revenue has fallen over the years as its internet …

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AOL Rumored to Plan Layoffs

AOL is rumored to be planning to lay off hundreds of its employees next week. According to Pando Daily, their source on the matter is legitimate. Allegedly, AOL might possibly be set to disappoint investors this quarter, and would like to have cost-cutting measures in place, when it comes time to explain themselves. It has been suggested that AOL will …

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SWTOR: The Old Republic Update 1.1 Breaks Ilum, Players Rage

Ah, the continuing drama of a MMORPG. If you’ve ever played (or developed) a MMO game, then you know how it’s a continuing struggle to balance and fix critical problems involving the game. SWTOR isn’t immune to these struggles, showcased by their first major content update – Update 1.1: Rise of the Rakghouls. Upon looking over their patch notes, it’s …

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AOL Launches Patch Deals…Yes, Another Deals Service

Another week, another company “taking on Groupon”. This time it’s AOL – more specifically, AOL’s Patch. AOL is launching Patch Deals with a little help from American Express via its digital payment platform Serve, which will power the Patch Deals Platform. “Our collaboration with AOL’s Patch increases the scale and reach of the Serve platform and helps bridge the divide …

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AOL Buys Outside.In, A Hyperlocal Blog Service

According to various reports, AOL has bought Outside.In, and will announce that today. The price hasn’t been confirmed, but Business Insider says it’s been told that it’s less than $10 million. Outside.In will evidently become integrated with AOL’s Patch property – the hyperlocal news service, which sounds about right, considering hyperlocal is what Outside.In is all about. Outside.In aggregates headlines …

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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 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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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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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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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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AOL Launches Patch.org To Fund Hyperlocal News

AOL said today it is launching Patch.org, a charitable foundation to support access to local news and information in underserved communities.

Patch.org will partner with community foundations and other organizations to launch sites and bring local news and information to communities that lack adequate news media and online local information.

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