More Than Two Million People Still Pay AOL For Internet Access

Humans of a certain age will remember the brief period when accessing the internet meant shelling out a monthly fee to AOL. For most of us, this gave way to better business models well over a decade ago. But as Recode points out today, 2.3 million souls never got the memo. Not only that; their rates have somehow gone… » 8/06/14 8:44am 8/06/14 8:44am

How Were You Using the Internet in 1999?

For whatever reason, one of the Gizmodo writers posted an image of an old AOL free trial disc in our staff-wide chat the other day. One thousand hours free for 45 days! This, of course, started us all down a road of weird nostalgia, recalling how we used (or misused) the World Wide Web back in the twilight of the 90s.… » 3/22/14 5:00pm 3/22/14 5:00pm

AOL Still Earns Most of Its Money From Dialup Subscribers

AOL posted its fourth quarter financial results today, and we relearned, as we do each quarter, that AOL still earns most of its money from subscribers who for whatever reason actually pay to connect to the Internet using AOL. Worse, some people pay for AOL services while paying someone else for Internet. » 2/08/13 1:48pm 2/08/13 1:48pm

3 Million Suckers Still Pay For AOL Dial-Up

Remember the whimsical sounds your 56k modem made as it connected to AOL? BADONG-BADONG! Then a semi-officious voice announced you were online, "Welcome!" Yeah, that was in the 90's. Well according to the company's latest earnings report there are three million fools who are still paying for AOL dial-up Internet.… » 7/27/12 7:20pm 7/27/12 7:20pm

Desperate AOL Sells 800 Patents to Microsoft For $1 Billion

In an internal memo sent out this morning, AOL informed employees that it will sell 800 patents for $1 billion to Microsoft. Translation: AOL is severing organs and handing them over to Microsoft for badly needed cash. Microsoft, in turn, walks away with an arsenal of patents it can use to fight critical battles with… » 4/09/12 9:15am 4/09/12 9:15am