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Google, Microsoft And More Launch Campaign To Reform NSA Spying

Eight of the largest companies in tech have joined forces to battle the NSA’s spying, demanding sweeping reforms of the US Government’s surveillance policies.

AOL Reader: Simple And Fast, But Hardly Groundbreaking

With Google Reader ready to tap out, it seems like everyone is keen to throw their hat into the feed reader ring. The latest offering is from AOL, and it’s simple, fast and lacking any unique features — although that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

AOL Still Earns Most Of Its Money From Dial-Up Subscribers

AOL posted its fourth quarter financial results today, and we relearned, as we do each quarter, that AOL still earns most of its money from subscribers who for whatever reason actually pay to connect to the internet using AOL. Worse, some people pay for AOL services while paying someone else for internet.

AOL's New Alto Email Client Makes Your Inbox Pretty

AOL has launched a new cloud-based email client called Alto and it manages to achieve the seemingly impossible: it makes email look kinda… pretty.

This Kid Spent Two Months Secretly Living In AOL's Offices

It turns out there is at least one person who likes AOL — enough to even eat, sleep, shower and live out of its Palo Alto HQ like some sort of Silicon Valley hobo for months. Meet Eric Simons.

The 12 Biggest Missed Opportunities In Tech

The tech world is full of flops. This ain’t them; some of these companies and their products were monstrously successful for a time; others never even had the high expectations and hype required for something to earn the title “flop”.

Microsoft Just Bought Netscape, The Hottest Browser Of The '90s!

As AOL offloaded a billion dollar’s worth of patents to Microsoft, something strange happened: the latter became the owner of Netscape. Remember Netscape? The browser. From 1994. A steal!

Desperate AOL Sells 800 Patents To Microsoft For $US1b

In an internal memo sent out this morning, AOL informed employees that it will sell 800 patents for $US1 billion to Microsoft. Translation: AOL is severing organs and handing them over to Microsoft for badly needed cash. Microsoft, in turn, walks away with an arsenal of patents it can use to fight critical battles with bigger foes down the road.

Are You Part Of Today's AIM Apocalypse?

A great collective whine is currently echoing across the interent as people find themselves locked out of their AIM accounts. It turns out getting customer support with a decade (plus!) old AIM account after AOL abandoned it is tricky.

AIM: The Reports Of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Multiple news outlets reported yesterday that AOL planned to kill off its AIM messaging platform — *raises hand*. AOL today has responded with a strongly-worded, albeit off-the-record, “Nuh-uh, not us.”

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