Tag Archive for ‘AOL’

Verizon Agrees to Buy AOL for $4.4 Billion ➝

It’s all about AOL’s automated advertising technology. But on the technology journalism front, I wonder what this means for AOL’s content sites like TechCrunch and Engadget.

AOL Shutting Down TUAW ➝

Micah Singleton, reporting for The Verge:

AOL is shutting down The Unofficial Apple Weblog, better known as TUAW, sources familiar with the situation tell The Verge. The company — which is also shutting down its gaming site Joystiq — is in the midst of a major reorganization, and is cutting back on media properties it deems as underperforming. TUAW’s run comes to an end on February 2nd.

It’s always sad when writers lose their jobs, but I can’t say I’m surprised. TUAW hasn’t been on my radar for several years and I haven’t read it regularly since 2010.

The good news is that anyone losing their job from this will have an incredible opportunity to build something new — just as Jason Snell did with Six Colors when IDG ceased production of the print edition of Macworld.

There’s always a silver lining, even if it’s not immediately apparent.

New Channels Added to Apple TV ➝

ABC News, AOL On, Willow, and PBS Kids.

The Next Web Goes Hands-On with Aol Reader ➝

Harrison Weber:

All in all, AOL Reader appears to be a quality attempt, and it could be a decent solution for many following Google Reader’s demise — especially for those who actually have AOL accounts.

It’s a good looking attempt. But, it’s not going to pull me away from Fever.

AOL Said to Discuss Deal With Yahoo ➝

Bloomberg:

AOL Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Armstrong is talking with advisers to Yahoo! Inc. to gauge its interest in combining the companies after the ouster of CEO Carol Bartz, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Sure, sounds like a great idea.

The Engadget Exodus ➝

Paul Miller, Nilay Patel, and now Josh Topolsky have all left Engadget over the past month or two. Things aren’t looking great for AOL.

Leaving AOL ➝

Paul Miller:

I’d love to be able to keep doing this forever, but unfortunately Engadget is owned by AOL, and AOL has proved an unwilling partner in this site’s evolution. It doesn’t take a veteran of the publishing world to realize that AOL has its heart in the wrong place with content. As detailed in the “AOL Way,” and borne out in personal experience, AOL sees content as a commodity it can sell ads against. That might make good business sense (though I doubt it), but it doesn’t promote good journalism or even good entertainment, and it doesn’t allow an ambitious team like the one I know and love at Engadget to thrive.