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  • AOL Acquires Photo And Messaging Startup Kanvas Labs

    AOL Acquires Photo And Messaging Startup Kanvas Labs

    AOL is announcing another acquisition — Kanvas Labs, maker of mobile social apps. An AOL spokesperson told me that the company will continue to offer the existing Kanvas Labs products. Those include photo editing app Kanvas; Kanvas Keyboard, which allows users to include GIFs and stickers in their mobile conversations; and Kanvas for Messenger, which integrates the startup’s… Read More

  • Sources: Aol/Verizon Eyes Millennial Media For Around $300M In Mobile Ad Push

    Sources: Aol/Verizon Eyes Millennial Media For Around $300M In Mobile Ad Push

    AOL, recently acquired by Verizon for $4.4 billion, appears to be wasting little time in continuing to build out its advertising business. Sources tell TechCrunch that the company has been in the process of buying mobile ad network Millennial Media. AOL started “kicking the tires” on Millennial weeks ago, one source says, but things were slowed down by AOL itself getting… Read More

  • 11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    This week in tech, we got introduced to Apple Music, learned that Microsoft and AOL will enter a partnership, and much more. These are the stories to catch you up on this week’s news. Read More

  • Microsoft Will Power AOL Search, Transfer Some Advertising Work As It Sheds Hundreds Of Employees

    Microsoft Will Power AOL Search, Transfer Some Advertising Work As It Sheds Hundreds Of Employees

    Update: In an interview, Microsoft indicated that Bing now doesn’t lose money. That’s several quarters ahead of its stated public cashflow schedule.  Following the news that it will shed around 100 employees to Uber in a mapping technology deal, Microsoft announced this afternoon that it will now power AOL’s search property, and will apportion parts of its advertising work… Read More

  • Verizon Completes Its Acquisition of AOL For $4.4B

    Verizon Completes Its Acquisition of AOL For $4.4B

    Well, that was fast: Verizon has just announced that it has completed its acquisition of AOL, owner of TechCrunch, purchasing all outstanding shares for $50 per share in cash for a total price of $4.4 billion. The sale was originally announced just over a month ago. As Verizon said at the time of the original announcement that it was buying AOL, Tim Armstrong, AOL’s CEO, will continue… Read More

  • AOL.com Unveils A Mobile- And Video-Centric Redesign

    AOL.com Unveils A Mobile- And Video-Centric Redesign

    AOL.com is getting a new look. Unless you’re a regular visitor, the changes might not seem all that dramatic, but Maureen Sullivan, President of AOL.com and the company’s lifestyle brands, told me that the site has been revamped to optimize for the mobile experience, and to put video front-and-center. Read More

  • 13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    This week’s tech news featured headlines about billion dollar acquisitions, a new launch from Facebook that could change the publishing landscape, and Microsoft’s move to a new software release model. These are our best stories of the week (5/9-5/14). 1. In a big media push, Verizon acquired AOL for $4.4 billion. But not to worry, we talked to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and he… Read More

  • CEO Tim Armstrong Says AOL Is Staying In The Content Business (And He’s Not Selling TechCrunch)

    CEO Tim Armstrong Says AOL Is Staying In The Content Business (And He’s Not Selling TechCrunch)

    It was an interesting day at AOL. As you probably saw, Verizon has reached an agreement to acquire AOL for $4.4 billion. There’s a general feeling that this deal was mostly about AOL’s ad business (Verizon’s John Stratton said “the principal interest was around the ad tech platform”) — so what does that mean for the websites that AOL owns, including The… Read More

  • Top Five Verizon Commercials

    Top Five Verizon Commercials

    In honor of our recent joyous union, I present the top five Verizon commercials that I was able to find in about 10 minutes. It should be noted that I have never had Verizon service — mostly because they had awful international coverage for most of the decade. I also think I pissed off their PR person once a long time ago and I haven’t actively covered them since 2010 or so. Read More

  • In Big Media Push, Verizon Buys AOL For $4.4B [Memo From AOL CEO Tim Armstrong]

    In Big Media Push, Verizon Buys AOL For $4.4B [Memo From AOL CEO Tim Armstrong]

    So this just happened. AOL, owner of TechCrunch, is getting acquired: U.S. carrier Verizon said in a statement that it is buying the company for $4.4 billion, or $50 per share. We’ve just been sent an internal memo about the deal that we are embedding below. Read More

  • AOL Q1 Beats With $625.1M In Sales, EPS Of $0.34 On Back Of Ad Growth

    AOL Q1 Beats With $625.1M In Sales, EPS Of $0.34 On Back Of Ad Growth

    Amid a challenging market for tech stocks this quarter, AOL today reported its most recent earnings. For the quarter that ended March 31, the company posted revenues of $625.1 million and adjusted earnings per share of $0.34. Analysts were on average expecting revenues of $594.6 million and adjusted EPS of $0.32. Read More

  • AOL Unveils One, Its Big Bet On Programmatic Ads

    AOL Unveils One, Its Big Bet On Programmatic Ads

    More than a year ago, AOL executives Tim Armstrong and Bob Lord first publicly outlined their plans to unify AOL’s various ad products as a single platform called One. Today that platform is actually launching. The company bills One (or, to use the full name, One by AOL) as the platform where advertisers can optimize their ad campaigns across channels including video, display, and… Read More

  • Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock Says AOL’s Connected Delivers On The Promise Of Reality TV

    “Reality TV” is one of those phrases that inevitably begs for scare quotes — with its staged scenes and melodramatic confessions, a reality TV show’s relationship with reality can be … complicated. But Morgan Spurlock, director of documentaries like Super Size Me, suggested that the new online video series Connected might live up to “the promise of… Read More

  • Genomics Needs A Killer App Crunch Network

    Genomics Needs A Killer App

    Genomics has undergone a major shift in the last year. The drop in price in the past decade from $3B to $1K to sequence a genome is the 10X force likely to cause an inflection point in a number of health-related industries. But despite the price, right now genomics is a niche product in large part used in and promoted by academia. Read More

  • Derek Jeter, Budding Media Mogul, On Launching The Players’ Tribune

    Derek Jeter, Budding Media Mogul, On Launching The Players’ Tribune

    As his new company, The Players’ Tribune, plots its course toward dominance in the sports media market after its official launch on Tuesday, Derek Jeter gives us his thoughts on his company and the transition from iconic athlete to startup entrepreneur in the email interview below. Since Jeter took his final bow in Yankee pinstripes, the former shortstop has been working to reinvent… Read More

  • Aol Mail Has Been Down Since Early Morning

    Aol Mail Has Been Down Since Early Morning

    Bad news, everyone. Your email address from the nineties isn’t working right now. Aol Mail has been down since early this morning. We’ve reached out to get more information, but have so far not heard back. According to Aol’s DownDetector the service has been having issues since 4:10 AM EST. Aol Mail’s twitter handle has been flooded with users complaining they… Read More

  • AOL CEO Tim Armstrong Talks Layoffs And Future Growth

    AOL CEO Tim Armstrong Talks Layoffs And Future Growth

    During today’s call with analysts, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong laid out some of his plans and priorities for 2015, and he elaborated on those plans in a short TechCrunch interview afterward. This comes after AOL laid off what we heard was about 150 employees, and closed two of its tech sites, Joystiq and TUAW — though they survive, to an extent, as parts of Engadget. Armstrong told… Read More

  • AOL To Lay Off About 150 People, Mostly In Sales; Folding Joystiq, TUAW Into Engadget

    AOL To Lay Off About 150 People, Mostly In Sales; Folding Joystiq, TUAW Into Engadget

    Some more details are emerging around AOL’s reorganization plans. Sources tell us that the company will lay off around 150 people, with the majority in sales. As part of it, AOL is also consolidating some websites. Gaming site Joystiq and Apple news site TUAW are both being folded into Engadget, and AOL Autos has already been folded into Autoblog. We reported about AOL… Read More

  • Aol Is Restructuring, Layoffs And Site Closures Likely

    Aol Is Restructuring, Layoffs And Site Closures Likely

    Aol, owner of TechCrunch, is gearing up for some housekeeping. TechCrunch has learned that the company is preparing to lay off staff and close or fold up underperforming titles as part of a bigger restructuring, aimed at simplifying the company around ad tech, stronger content operations and video. Or, as one source put it to TechCrunch, “stopping things that are not moving the needle… Read More

  • In Starlike, Faves And Likes Take On A Life Of Their Own

    In Starlike, Faves And Likes Take On A Life Of Their Own

    Apps like Flipboard, SmartNews, Nuzzel and a rush of others have tapped into the rise of social networking to offer a new way of discovering things to read and see online. Now add another app to the mix called Starlike that’s taking this idea to a new level. Like the others, Starlike (out on iOS and Android) creates a social newsfeed of a sort based on our friends’ and… Read More