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.
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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.
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."
The assclowns running AOL and Yahoo! think that merging their two sinking companies into one is a great idea. They may have their own dicks in their ears, because they can't hear the whole internet screaming how stupid that is.
AOL's Techcrunch is in disarray. Last week AOL/Techcrunch announced a new venture fund that would finance the kind of start-ups it covers. That made lots of people cry foul. Now Mike's out of a job. What does it all mean?
Happy Birthday, Interwebz! How far you've come. See, if the internet drew its first breath in the spring of 1969, it took its first steps toward its potential on August 6, 1991. Took awhile there. But it was this first step that was just the beginning.
Magazines rock, but most of them are doing about as well financially as a drunk at a Vegas craps table. Which is indirectly leading to interesting new digital media experiments like (*ahem*) Longshot magazine and tons of tablet publications.
AIM has integrated their instant messaging service with Google Talk, allowing you to talk to your friends on both protocols with only one login. Here's how to import all your AIM buddies into Google Talk in one fell swoop.
The Vulcan mind meld between AIM and your Gmail buddies is in effect - though it doesn't appear to have been officially announced. Sending a message to a friend on the other side is just as easy as we'd hoped.