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AOL Instant Messenger is officially dead

AOL Instant Messenger is officially dead

After more than 20 years, AOL Instant Messenger is officially dead. We've known this day was coming for some time now - AOL originally announced its plans to shut down AIM back in October, but now the day has come. As of this morning, AIM has been shut down for good, so hopefully you got one last chat session in before it went dark.

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AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) just got its death sentence

AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) just got its death sentence

AOL Instant Messenger, also known as AIM, just received it's final date of operation. It's about to die, gone, dead forever. And I'll bet you didn't even know it still existed. Or if you were born after 1995, you might never have known it existed in the first place. AIM was a key element in the evolution of the internet, from a series of pages in stasis to a live communication tool through which we still (and forevermore) connect one end of the world to the other.

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Verizon’s acquisition of Yahoo may kill thousands of jobs

Verizon’s acquisition of Yahoo may kill thousands of jobs

Yahoo's shareholders approved the long-standing buyout offer from Verizon today, so before long, we'll see Yahoo's core business absorbed into the wireless giant. What's the first move once Yahoo is under Verizon's umbrella? Layoffs. New reports today are claiming that we could see thousands of people laid off once the acquisition is complete.

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Verizon is combining AOL and Yahoo into division named ‘Oath’

Verizon is combining AOL and Yahoo into division named ‘Oath’

Verizon plans to merge AOL and Yahoo into a single media division after its acquisition is closed, and that single division will be named 'Oath.' The name was revealed by AOL CEO Tim Armstrong in a tweet. Take note, though, that the Yahoo brands you're familiar with aren't going anywhere: it seems Yahoo publications like Yahoo Finance, etc., will remain under their regular names, meaning nothing much is changing for users.

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Verizon looks to cut Yahoo purchase price by $1 billion

Verizon looks to cut Yahoo purchase price by $1 billion

In case you missed it, Yahoo has found itself in a bit of a tough place recently. First came the announcement of an attack that compromised the credentials of 500 million accounts, followed by the more recent reports that the company spied on its users on behalf of the US government. In the face of this bad news, it would appear that Verizon is reconsidering its $4.8 billion deal to buy out Yahoo.

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Verizon confirms Yahoo acquisition to the tune of $4.8 billion

Verizon confirms Yahoo acquisition to the tune of $4.8 billion

What was once a rumor is now confirmed, with Verizon announcing today that it will acquire Yahoo's core internet business for $4.83 billion. We heard the two companies were closing in on deal last week, as Verizon was said to be in one-to-one talks with the internet company. Not only does this acquisition put Verizon in a position where it can compete with Google and Facebook on the mobile advertising side of things, but after last year's purchase of AOL, it also makes Verizon quite the presence in the online media world.

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Verizon Supercookie refuses to die, gets help from AOL

Verizon Supercookie refuses to die, gets help from AOL

Perhaps "zombie cookie" is indeed a better name for Verizon's much criticized "supercookie" scheme. The major US carrier received a lot of heat early this year when it was revealed how it used "undeletable" cookies to track users' Internet comings and goings for the purpose of advertising. The furor has died down since Verizon allowed customers to opt out of this kind of tracking. But now it seems that Verizon is ready to earn the public's ire again, revealing that it will combine its users' advertising profile into AOL's ad network.

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Microsoft strikes deal with AOL over its ad business

Microsoft strikes deal with AOL over its ad business

Microsoft is narrowing its focus, and as such has been pushing some of its extraneous efforts toward others. Earlier today word surfaced that Microsoft has struck a deal with Uber that will see workers and assets being transferred, and now it is being followed up with another announcement: AOL is getting the brunt of Microsoft’s advertising operations, as is advertising tech company AppNexus. The AOL deal in particular is said to involve a 10 year partnership, and under it AOL is going to be carrying search results from Bing instead of from Google.

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Verizon’s $4.4B acquisition of AOL is officially complete

Verizon’s $4.4B acquisition of AOL is officially complete

U.S. telecom Verizon has announced that its buyout of AOL for $4.4 billion in cash has now been completed. As a result of the completed deal, AOL shares will no longer be traded on the stock market, as the company is now Verizon's wholly owned subsidiary. All of AOL's outstanding shares were purchased by Verizon at a price of $50 each. As was mentioned when the purchase was first announced last month, AOL's main value to Verizon is as a large ad network.

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Verizon buys AOL for $4.4 billion cash

Verizon buys AOL for $4.4 billion cash

Here’s one we didn’t see coming: Verizon has agreed to purchase AOL. The deal, worth $4.4 billion in cash, gives Verizon something they’ve been wanting for some time — an instantly powerful ad network. AOL’s most recent earnings highlight that; 7% year-over-year growth in revenue, all on the back of third party ad sales, which grew 19% versus last year. As the AOL we knew shrinks from us (you can no longer use it for Apple sign-ins, for instance), the ad network kept them relevant enough for an acquisition.

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Holy cow 2.1 million people still use AOL dial-up for internet

Holy cow 2.1 million people still use AOL dial-up for internet

This week AOL reported their Q1 2015 earnings, and with it, notified the planet of 2.1 million subscribers to their internet service with dial-up speeds. Welcome back to the age of installing the internet on your computer with a CD you got in the mail. This is a reminder that hardship exists. This is a reminder that, while there are people who are homeless on the streets of Brooklyn but still have a smartphone that can access the internet at 3G speeds, there are people living in the country connecting at 56 kilobits-per-second.

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AT&T hits dial-up subscriber with $24,000 bill

AT&T hits dial-up subscriber with $24,000 bill

We hear stories every now and then about surprised parents who discover their children amassed large bills through excessive text messages or data usage or "free" games. The latest story of an egregious bill to surface is quite the opposite, however: an elderly AT&T subscriber says he was hit with a bill for more than $24,000 USD from the company over his landline, which typically cost $51 per month. The landline was used to access AOL dial-up (yes, people still use this), and the company reportedly told him he had to pay it.

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