Some of the biggest search engines in the world have been sued along with a US retailing giant. The suit alleges that the firms are infringing on patents that have to do with relevance grouping on search results. The companies named in the suit are AOL, Google, IAC Search and Media, Gannett Company, and Target.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
In a dumb series of events, MS offered Yahoo a large some of money to take over their company, Yahoo refused, and then we got a surprise. There are now talks of Yahoo merging with AOL, which is partly owned by Google.