Back in June, Verizon closed a $4.5 billion merger to swallow Yahoo, agglomerate its legacy AOL brands into the mix, and rename the big, mess of memorable (and not so memorable) brands to Oath. The transition has not been terribly smooth for some employees, as evidenced by an exchange during an “Oath: All-In” full…
Oath isn’t just Verizon’s cultishly-named agglomeration of Yahoo, AOL, and 12 other legacy web brands of varying relevance—it’s also a fragrance.
On December 15th, AOL Instant Messenger will be officially dead. Gita Jackson asked Paul Tamayo and Tim Rogers from Kotaku’s video team to share their memories of the messaging service of their youth.
Ah, the good old days of early 2000s internet, when you could easily share copyrighted music on YouTube, Facebook poking was still a thing, and Instant Messenger could make or break a friendship.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer continues to stack up piles of cash, despite her veritable failure to rescue the company from a pile of its own rot. After numerous setbacks, including two massive security breaches and dwindling ad revenue, Mayer is set to make about $186 million as a result of the company’s sale to Verizon,…
Folks, the moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally official: Verizon is going to combine Yahoo (huh?) and AOL (what?) into one useless conglomerate called “Oath.” Holy shit! Oath? What a wacky name.
Does your dad still use AOL? It’s like, ugh, daaaaad, get with the times, right? Apparently he’s not alone. The Indianapolis Star reported last night that Vice President Mike Pence used his personal AOL email for official business when he was governor of Indiana, and that the email address was hacked.
In what feels like a death blow to everyone’s early-Aughts nostalgia, it looks like AOL will soon cut off third-party access to its famous Instant Messenger service. The service turns 20 years old this year, and at this point, it’s unclear if it will see its 21st birthday.
Well, this is a surprising development. Elwood Edwards, the guy who voiced AOL’s iconic “welcome” and “you’ve got mail” phrases, is now an Uber driver in Ohio.
At long last, Marissa Mayer’s rocky reign at Yahoo appears to be coming to an end. The news comes not with a bang—or an exclamation point—but with something closer to a resigned sigh.
Some of the most memorable voices are those of people we’ve never met. I’ve never met Susan Bennett, but I talk to her everyday with Siri. Charlie Pellett’s voice will always rattle around the cobwebs of my brain as the voice behind New York’s subway system. Then there’s Elwood Edwards, the voice behind the most…
Verizon is merging its cellphone tracking supercookie with AOL’s ad tracking network to match users’ online habits with their offline details.
Over the last few days, the internet has gone (slightly alarmingly) crazy for a new Gmail feature that lets you unsend your email, sort of. But really, this is old news — America Online had a better version of the same feature back when people still called it electronic mail.
Our Chatroom on cutting the cable cord got me thinking about our subscription culture. In recent years there has been an explosion of products delivered monthly in boxes, alongside a variety of streaming media paywalls. Some of us keep shelling out even when we don’t find the product to be that useful. What do you…
Telecommunication companies were up in arms in February after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made net neutrality the law of the land by classifying broadband internet as a utility, seeming to ensure there would be no pay-to-play fast lanes.
Technology is filled with all kinds of rumors, real and fabricated. It gives us a look at what might be and will be. BitStream gathers the whispers all in one place to divine what the future has in store.
Verizon just bought AOL, but before that, AOL was a company with deep pocketbooks (all that dial-up money!) and a very weird portfolio of acquisitions.
Verizon is buying AOL for a cool $4.4 billion in cash, the Wall Street Journal is reporting today. This major media acquisition is a sign that the carrier’s making a major push toward mobile-first video and advertising content.
A fascinating examination of the HBO “static sound” in Playboy got us thinking about the sounds we hear that trigger a conditioned response. HBO’s now-famous static primes the brain to expect the start of a show immediately thereafter. What other noise gets you going?