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Microsoft considering Yahoo! bid

Microsoft considering Yahoo! bid

Stockholders today are speaking about several things when it comes to big internet-born companies, the biggest news here being Microsoft's possible future purchase of Yahoo! It seems that as Yahoo!'s former chief exec Carol Bartz exits and their board hires several banks (reportedly) to help them decide what to do with the company, like sell it, Microsoft is apparently speaking internally about picking up the group for a pretty penny. On the other hand, AOL appears to be a less than appealing choice for a purchase than Yahoo! as the source for this story speaks about below.

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Google To Invest Millions On Celebrity Youtube Channels

Google To Invest Millions On Celebrity Youtube Channels

The recent boom of YouTube stars may get pushed aside by established Hollywood stars. Google is looking to entice established celebrities with $5 million dollars for their own YouTube channel of original content. The money would cover salaries, production values, and the celebrity would get full ownership of the show. Google hopes to get twenty celebrity channels, which equals to a $100 million investment. They can afford the price tag by making it back quickly with the premium advertising they plan to run on the channels. The move mirrors what AOL and Yahoo are doing with personal celebrity channels, but YouTube has a much larger footprint and distribution network.

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75% of AOL subscribers “don’t realize” they don’t need it

75% of AOL subscribers “don’t realize” they don’t need it

AOL's dial-up service could be in worse shape than previously believed, with a former executive telling the New Yorker [subscription required] that 75-percent of the people who subscribe "don't need it." According to the unnamed ex-exec, 80-percent of AOL's profits come from subscribers, "many of who are older people who have cable or DSL service" but are unaware that they needn't pay the old AOL dial-up fee in order to access their email.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: December 29 2010

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: December 29 2010

Take a peek at a prediction column by Chris Davies: 2011: The Year of Pentaband? Glance in awe as Paul Allen sues Apple, Google, YouTube, Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, eBay, Netflix, OfficeMax, and Staples, all at once. Giggle to yourself as you see France enact a tablet tax which exempts only Windows devices. Scratch your head as Verizon plans to focus on Android, not a new iPhone, at CES. Dance with glee as Sony Ericsson's 1GHz XPeria Mini Pro's replacement leaks with stats! Wonder at Rovios elite strategy as ad consistency, location, method changes for Angry Birds on Android devices. All this and MORE on SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up!

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Paul Allen patent suit refiled: App Store, iTunes, Gmail & more all cited

Paul Allen patent suit refiled: App Store, iTunes, Gmail & more all cited

As expected, Paul Allen and his legal team have resubmitted a revised legal suit in its broad-ranging patent infringement case, after a judge threw the previous version out of court for being insufficiently detailed. Allen claims Apple, Google, YouTube, Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, eBay, Netflix, OfficeMax and Staples all impinge on patented tech developed at short-lived investment Interval Research Corp.; the new submission details specific products and services each defendant offers that the lawyers believe impinges on the patents. In Apple's case, that includes item-comparison functionality in iTunes, Apple TV, the App Store and the Dashboard.

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The Daily Slash: December 28 2010

The Daily Slash: December 28 2010

Behold a 200 year old wood / 18K gold / supremely expensive iPad from Gresso - buy one soon! Point and awe as Sprint Palm Pixi gains mysterious front-facing camera, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and LG Optimus Pad point toward CES 2011, and Sony PlayStation Phone points toward the same timeframe. See your Android phone become the brain of a robot, see some super teaser pics of ASUS Eee Pads, and check out the BRAND NEW HTC Thunderbolt 4G LTE phone in 12 big leaked pics! All this and MORE on The Daily Slash!

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90′s AOL discs cost AOL about $35 per subscriber

90′s AOL discs cost AOL about $35 per subscriber

I remember back in the 90's you just couldn’t get away from all of those AOL discs. They seemed to show up in my mailbox daily and each time I went to Wal-Mart they were there in droves too. I threw them all away without even opening the wrapper. I always wondered how much money AOL spent on those CDs.

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AOL considers Yahoo! deal after potentially ditching dial-up

AOL considers Yahoo! deal after potentially ditching dial-up

AOL is apparently considering splitting up its dial-up internet arm and display advertizing business, in an attempt to reduce its reliance moving forward on the legacy connection income. According to Reuters, AOL is hoping to spin off the dial-up business and seek a merger with Yahoo!, though their sources say that an approach to the search engine is yet to have been made.

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VTech IS6110 cordless home phone offers up Instant Messaging services

VTech IS6110 cordless home phone offers up Instant Messaging services

In a move to further the transition from standard home phones to that of phones with similar features as our cell phones VTech has created a new cordless home phone that is capable of signing onto and messaging people using the following services: MSN Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, and AOL Instant Messenger. All you have to do with this phone to get these amazing extra features is connect the base station to your computer. I mean, it has a full QWERTY keypad and can also work with VoIP services, how much more amazing can a home phone get without adding a cellular chipset to it?

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