AOL says encrypted passwords and other user data compromised hacker attack
AOL today said it's investigating a "security incident" involving unauthorized access to its network and systems that resulted in the possible theft of user data, including email addresses, postal addresses, address book contact information, encrypted passwords, encrypted answers to security questions that AOL asks when a user resets his or her password, and certain employee information.
Don't turn out the lights, the party might not be over
If you've been crying crocodile tears over the impending demise of Winamp, you can put that box of tissues back in the bathroom, the popular media player form yesteryear may not be getting unplugged after all. AOL is reportedly close to finalizing a package deal involving both Winamp and Shoutcast, and if completed, both would continue to exist under new ownership.
Eight companies collaborate on an open letter to Washington
Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo, Aol, and LinkedIn have teamed up to call for global government surveillance reform. Rival companies and services are working together to put pressure on Washington to start the path towards reforming government surveillance and maintaining individual privacy.
This may come as a shock to the system, but effective December 20, 2013, Winamp will become a ghost of the Internet's past. AOL, which bought Winamp in 1999 for $80 million, has decided to shut down the popular media player service just five days before Christmas, officially ending a better than 15-year run as one of the most well regarded media players among power users.
AOL today entered into a definitive agreement to sell more than 800 patents outright to Microsoft and grant an additional 300 non-exclusive patents and patent applications to the Redmond software giant for $1.056 billion. A "significant" portion of the money raised will go to shareholders, AOL announced.
The supply of AOL free trial CD’s at your local grocery store may have dried up long ago, though believe it or not, the service itself is still going relatively strong. According to the company’s most recent earnings release, AOL still has over 3.5 million subscribers to its dialup internet service, and the decline seems to be slowing. Q3 represented the company’s smallest decline yet, even though the company lost just over 630,000 subscribers over the past 12 months.
AOL just sent us word that it's relaunching its AOL Radio service, which is now powered by Slacker. It's a major overhaul with a top-to-bottom redesign, custom artists stations, improved functionality, fewer commercials, and a greater than 10 million song catalog. Listeners will have over 200 stations to browse, including custom artists stations, ESPN Radio, and a whole bunch more.
Spotify, About.me, and over two dozen other websites got caught with their hands in KISSmetric's cookie jar and will have to defend themselves against a class action lawsuit filed by parties in Northern California. The class action suit accuses KISSmetric of mischievous monkey business in the way it continues to track Internet users even after they've deleted cookies and cleared their browser's cache, which you can read more about here.
Ding! Ding! Ding ding ding! We’ve come a long way since the early days of America Online, a time when instant messaging was but a one-ISP fad and that unnatural blast of noise from your sound card (if you were lucky enough to have one) was the run-to-the-living-room signal that a new message awaited.
Now that we’re all chained to our various instant messaging networks, what’s the best way to access them? Well, how's about a deathmatch? We've thrown four of the top instant messaging clients into a no-holds-barred battle for supremacy: To the victor belong the spoils, or a happy home on your desktop and laptop PC forevermore.
If Google is one of the most prominent Linux stalwarts around, Android is undoubtedly the public face of its love affair with the open source operating system. But its Linux affection runs deeper than that as the Internet behemoth uses the OS on everything from back-end servers to employee machines. Now, that deep-rooted love is beginning to cost Google, for a jury has fined it $5 million for infringing on a patent (U.S. Patent No. 5,893,120) held by Texas-bases patent troll Bedrock Computer Technologies.