Tech firms seek government surveillance reform

Google, Microsoft and Facebook are among eight leading cloud and tech firms calling for sweeping reform in how US intelligence agencies gather data in bulk and restrict the ability of service providers to inform their customers on the extent and nature of government requests for such data, according to an open letter published by the group today.

AOL has a crack at mobile

Internet service provider AOL UK announced a partnership with mobile content delivery firm WIN on Monday, which will see the ISP offer its wares wirelessly. Under the terms of the agreement, WIN will provide AOL UK with a fully managed mobile content store on both its mobile and web-based portals, supplying entertainment, information and paid […]

AOL intros wifi-based location tracker

AOL has introduced a new location based plugin for its Instant Messenger service, AIM. Like GPS (Global Positioning System), the system allows a user to see where he or she is but instead of GPS, the system uses wifi access points to establish location. The “Near me” technology has been developed by Skyhook Wireless and […]

Carphone snaps up AOL UK

UK mobile retailer Carphone Warehouse announced the acquisition of AOL’s internet access business in the UK for £370m on Wednesday. Under the agreement, Carphone will acquire AOL’s 2.1 million internet access customers in the UK as well as the unit’s supporting management and infrastructure. AOL will deliver a co-branded portal, content and other audience services […]

Neuf Cegetel targets mass market

Neuf Cegetel, the French operator which last week agreed to acquire AOL France’s internet access business for Eur288m (£192.6m), has unveiled a new strategy targeted at bringing broadband to the mass market. In France, close to 50 per cent of homes do not yet have a PC and almost 60 per cent do not have […]

TI buys AOL’s German broadband arm

Rupert Murdoch’s Time Warner has inked a deal to sell AOL Germany’s internet access business to Telecom Italia (TI) for Eur 675m ($856m) cash. The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, will make TI Germany’s second largest provider of broadband with around 3.2 million customers after Deutsche Telekom’s T-Online. It will also increase Telecom […]

AOL cuts 5,000 jobs

Time Warner’s AOL unit said on Thursday that about 5,000 jobs, equal to around one-quarter of the firm’s worldwide workforce, would be cut in the next six months.AOL chief executive Jonathan Miller told employees yesterday that the company’s workforce of 19,000 would have to be cut down to 14,000. AOL did not provide details of […]

AOL launches broadband video

Internet service provider AOL has this week unveiled plans to jump on the broadband video bandwagon. Video content is available over the web at from this week. At launch, the AOL Video service will feature paid for and ad-supported content on more than 45 video-on-demand channels, programmed by content partners including: A&E Television Networks, […]


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