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Xbox LIVE explodes with video apps including Vimeo, Crunchyroll, and AOL On

Xbox LIVE explodes with video apps including Vimeo, Crunchyroll, and AOL On

It's not every day that the folks responsible for the Xbox LIVE app environment release so many items at once, and certainly not so many high-profile names as these. What we've got here is a fabulous list of additions to the Xbox LIVE lineup starting with Vimeo - finally you'll be able to have that one big YouTube alternative that makes your videos look just a little bit more refined than the competition - so smooth!

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AOL Alto wrestles your email into order

AOL Alto wrestles your email into order

Entrusting AOL with your email sounds like something best left for the 90s, but the company hopes that its cross-platform management client Alto will bring you back into the fold. Designed to bring existing Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, .Mac, and .me email accounts into some semblance of order, Alto organizes messages into cloud based "stacks" that can be themed by sender, recipients, keywords, or other factors, mimicking the way people traditionally sort through their physical mail.

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Google makes small gains in latest comScore search rankings

Google makes small gains in latest comScore search rankings

Analytics firm comScore has delivered its latest search engine rankings, and it probably isn't going to surprise you at all to hear that, for the month of September, Google remained the reigning king. The big G actually enjoyed a 0.3 percentage increase from August to September, climbing from 66.4% explicit search share to 66.7%. Others enjoyed small gains too, including Ask, which was up 0.3% itself, from 3.5% share to 3.8%.

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Nokia Lumia lineup grabs Entrance by AOL entertainment hub on AT&T

Nokia Lumia lineup grabs Entrance by AOL entertainment hub on AT&T

The Nokia Lumia lineup of devices have gotten a boost in the entertainment department as AT&T and Nokia team up to bring on an entertainment hub called Entrance by AOL. This hub will bring AOL Music, Moviefone, and "The Huffington Post Entertainment" together in an experience made specifically for Lumia smartphones. This environment will bring 55,000 SHOUTcast radio stations and free music album streaming via AOL Music, breaking news from across the entertainment industry, and Movifone's on-device movie search.

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Facebook’s patent purchases simplified

Facebook’s patent purchases simplified

It was revealed today by Facebook that they'd be picking up nearly 1,000 patents, patent applications, and licenses for patents from Microsoft, the latter company having purchased these and more from AOL last year. Facebook's renewed search and purchase mission this spring, it should be no secret, comes amid their current spat with Yahoo over patents both companies say the other has infringed. Facebook's purchase of patents today from Microsoft is said to be a continuation of a deal that was forged last year when it was Microsoft who picked up an "all or nothing" package from AOL for $1 billion USD.

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Facebook and Microsoft reach $550m deal over AOL patents

Facebook and Microsoft reach $550m deal over AOL patents

Microsoft and Facebook have announced an agreement that would see Facebook making use of some of Microsoft’s patent portfolio recently acquired from AOL. Facebook has agreed to purchase the patents for $550 million. Microsoft purchased around 925 patents from AOL as part of the original deal, and will be selling around 650 patents to Facebook.

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Microsoft quietly buys Netscape browser technology

Microsoft quietly buys Netscape browser technology

This morning we learned that Microsoft and AOL had signed a deal that would see MSFT pick up 800 of AOL’s patents for around $1 billion in cash. The deal is expected to close at the end of 2012, with Microsoft being able to leverage AOL’s remaining 300 patents under a non-exclusive license. As it turns out, there was an undisclosed term to the deal, and AllThingsD reports that Microsoft has picked up part of Netscape.

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Microsoft grabs 800+ AOL patents in $1bn deal

Microsoft grabs 800+ AOL patents in $1bn deal

Microsoft has bought over 800 of AOL's patents, plus signed a patent licensing agreement, in a deal worth $1.056 billion in cash the companies have confirmed. Expected to close by the end of 2012, the sale will see AOL keep hold of over 300 patents and patent applications - which Microsoft will be allowed to use under a non-exclusive license - as well as reward shareholders with "a significant proportion" of the proceeds.

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AOL picks up photo app Hipster

AOL picks up photo app Hipster

AOL has just announced that it has acquired a photo-sharing app called Hipster and its namesake company. Launched last year, Hipster has 100,000 users that create their own digital postcards, containing location data, that can be shared with their friends and family. With the acquisition, the entire team moves to AOL and will also be developing other projects.

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Instant Messenger not dead insists AOL

Instant Messenger not dead insists AOL

Talk of AOL Instant Messenger's death has been greatly exaggerated, the company says, claiming it has no plans to shut down the AIM service. Although reports circulated yesterday suggesting AIM had been axed, the company insists to Computerworld that "we are not killing Instant Messenger" and that instead "we'll continue to support it and evolve the product." That evolution will go on without a chunk of AIM team staff, however, including its chief.

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