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AOL Media Player Beta Goes Public
AOL AOL has finally let loose its new media player beta to the general public. As first reported by BetaNews, AOL Media Player (AMP) runs independent of the company's client software and is one of many new efforts to expose AOL products and services to Web users outside its "walled garden" of subscribers.

AMP was previously slated to be a component of AOL's Fanfare suite, which has since been disbanded. Although AOL client tie-ins will remain, AMP is now a full-fledged application, complete with media library, video support and CD ripping to MPEG4 AAC or Microsoft's WMA formats.
Published Apr 13, 2005 - 01:36 PM
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AOL: A History
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Contributed by: Thomas Hormby
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"When most of us think of America Online, their perspective is typically limited to that of a company that grew very large in the earlier days of the internet but, (though still large) is losing customers to basic internet service providers. Thomas Hormby submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews which gives us increased perspective of AOL's humble beginnings as well as its current status within the industry."
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Published Mar 27, 2005 - 10:36 PM
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AOL Opens Up its AIM Community
AOL Refocusing its vision for AOL Instant Messenger, America Online is endeavoring to revitalize the service by opening up its community and presence to third parties.

It is AOL's desire to architect AIM in a way that is, "turnkey and simple," for partners to build extended services including plug-ins. AOL will also look inward to grow and build an audience on the open Web by closely connecting AIM with other AOL Internet properties.
Published Mar 01, 2005 - 12:23 PM
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Time Warner Cable to Offer Free AOL
AOL Time Warner Cable plans to offer its high-speed Internet customers free access to America Online service, in a deal that could potentially add 3 million more high-speed subscribers at the cable division, Time Warner executives said on Monday.

Current AOL dial-up subscribers who live in regions served by Time Warner Cable will be asked to trade up to Time Warner Cable's Road Runner high-speed service, which will now include AOL.
Published Jan 31, 2005 - 04:46 PM
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AOL ditches newsgroups
AOL AOL is pulling the plug on servers hosting newsgroups. AOL subscribers will no longer be able to access such groups directly but will have to go through Google.

Subscribers who try to access newsgroups receive the following error message from AOL: "From early 2005, AOL members will no longer be able to use the Newsgroup service through AOL.
Published Jan 25, 2005 - 10:31 AM
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Steve Case looks back on AOL's turbulent history
AOL America Online co-founder and former AOL Time Warner Chairman Steve Case on Wednesday evening reflected back on the legacy of AOL, including its merger with Time Warner and battles with Microsoft.

Taking the audience at the Computer History Museum here through a history lesson, Case noted high and low points. AOL was founded nearly 20 years ago.
Published Jan 13, 2005 - 03:19 PM
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AOL Doesn't Want Your Business
AOL America Online, which earlier this year stopped signing up new broadband customers, is telling existing broadband subscribers in nine Southern states that they must find a new broadband carrier.

Those customers who do not switch to a new broadband carrier by that date will have their accounts revert to AOL's traditional dialup service, said AOL spokeswoman Anne Bentley.
Published Nov 12, 2004 - 04:58 PM
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AOL to Be Split Into Four Units
AOL America Online Inc. yesterday put new leaders in senior posts and revamped its corporate structure, undertaking a sweeping overhaul just one month before the company plans to slash costs by firing more than 700 employees.

The far-reaching changes, directed by chief executive Jonathan F. Miller, will result in the departures of three of the Internet firm's most senior executives from its Dulles headquarters. In an e-mail to thousands of employees, Miller made it clear that he intends to shake-up an online giant that has been criticized for moving too slowly and not doing enough to foster teamwork
Published Nov 09, 2004 - 12:37 PM
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AOL to slash 700 jobs - report
AOL AOL is set to eliminate more than 700 jobs at its HQ in Northern Virginia, according to the Washingston Post. It reports that the cull, due in early December, is necessary as the internet giant continues to cut costs as it battles to cope with the slide in customer numbers. Although no formal announcement has yet been made, it seems that speculation is growing after staff at AOL were told to prepare themselves for a new round of job cut
Published Nov 02, 2004 - 05:21 PM
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AOL Develops Desktop Search
AOL According to sources familiar with testing, America Online Inc. is developing its own desktop search technology that will initially be added to the AOL Browser beta as early as the end of this week.

AOL's entry into the space pits it directly against rival Microsoft Corp., which has designs for a desktop search engine of its own.
Published Oct 13, 2004 - 02:06 PM
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AOL Readying Stand-Alone Browser
AOL As the hubbub of alternative Web browsers keeps growing from speculation over a so-called "Gbrowser" from search-engine leader Google Inc. to the many advances in the open-source Mozilla project in the background, America Online Inc. has been quietly testing its own Web browser, dubbed "AOL Browser," for more than a month.
Published Oct 08, 2004 - 12:32 PM
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AOL Dumps Sender ID
AOL AOL has withdrawn its support for Microsoft's controversial Sender ID technology and is falling back on Sender Policy Framework (SPF), internetnews.com has learned.

'Given recent concerns expressed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), coupled with the tepid support for Sender ID in the open source community, AOL has decided to move forward with SPF,' Nicholas Graham, AOL spokesperson, told internetnews.com via e-mail
Published Sep 16, 2004 - 12:05 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: AOL available for Linux users
AOL Linspire Inc. have announced the availability of Internet dialer software that provides direct access to the Internet for desktop Linux users via AOL's dial-up ISP service. AOL, a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., is the world's leader in interactive services with 29.7 million AOL brand subscribers in the U.S. and Europe.

The AOL Dialer beta software enables desktop Linux users to easily configure their computers to use AOL over dial-up connections for the first time.
Published Aug 30, 2004 - 12:09 PM
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New $299 AOL PC Features Open Source Software
AOL The platform for the device will be Windows XP Home Edition, but the PC will also be bundled with the AOL Office Suite, which according to the press releases sent out today is "powered by Sun Microsystems."

A productivity suite from Sun seems pretty familiar, and a little more digging into the product announcment reveals the office suite consists of AOL Office Writer, AOL Office Calc, and AOL Office Impress. This office suite, then, is clearly based on the open source OpenOffice.org.
Published Aug 13, 2004 - 01:27 PM
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AOL: customers down, ad sales up
AOL AOL's European ISPs in the UK, Germany and France lost 88,000 customer in the three months to June, parent company Time Warner Inc announced yesterday. Unfortunately, that's all it said on the matter and didn't provide any more detail on the individual performances of its European country operations.

Overall, America Online lost 668,000 punters during Q2 as its global subscriber base fell to 23.4m.
Published Jul 29, 2004 - 03:12 PM
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AOL buyout interest reportedly high
AOL On the heels of a report from the U.K. this week that private equity firms were interested in buying Dulles, Va.-based AOL, a published report out Thursday suggested that Microsoft or Yahoo could be interested.

The New York Daily News said Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons is expected "to listen to strategic buyers such as Microsoft or Yahoo who could merge their operations with AOL and slash costs.
Published May 06, 2004 - 12:41 PM
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AOL's Case reportedly eyes comeback
AOL They may have to clean up Steve Case's old office. The former chairman of America Online is reportedly trying to put together $10 billion to buy back Time Warner's online division. Case tried last year but was rebuffed, according to a New York Daily News report.

"It would be his redemption," a Wall Street source told the Daily News in its Tuesday edition. Nonetheless, it may be a case of too little, too soon. Online advertising is showing strength this year, and Time Warner is said to be looking for much more than $10 billion if it were to sell the unit.
Published Mar 30, 2004 - 09:52 AM
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Win - MS: TW, MS deny AOL buyout dialogue
AOL Both AOL and Microsoft have denied reports that the pair are engaged in buyout talks. The New York Post on Friday said that Time Warner has held talks with Microsoft concerning the sale of its Internet division, AOL, to the giant software outfit. However, an AOL spokesperson has been quoted as saying that the story is "entirely inaccurate".
Published Mar 22, 2004 - 12:31 PM
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AOL reveals rights over Google
AOL America Online has the right to buy a $22m chunk of Google, according to a filing by parent Time Warner

Internet service provider America Online has the right to buy about 1.9 million preferred shares of Google for around $22m, under a 2002 deal with the world's No. 1 Web search engine, AOL parent Time Warner said in a recent filing.
Published Mar 19, 2004 - 10:38 AM
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Win - MS: Microsoft eyeing AOL?
AOL The New York Post, citing people familiar with the situation, said Time Warner executives have held talks in recent months with Microsoft about a potential sale of AOL.

The deal being discussed within Time Warner would include Microsoft paying cash plus the assumption of debt to acquire AOL, the paper said, adding that Microsoft may even be considering a possible investment in Time Warner Cable.
Published Mar 19, 2004 - 10:31 AM
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