What Would Make AOL Relevant Again (Not Refreshed Email)

As attention fades for Yahoo’s latest CEO switch, we turn to another Internet pioneer — AOL. That company has a new version of its Web-based email software, is basking in good quarterly earnings and this week saw its stock price briefly hit a yearly high. Talk about mixed emotions, the rally followed one of its lowest rates of decline in…

AOL, Yahoo Mail Users Are Energy Hogs

In an exceedingly odd metric, a new survey reveals that Yahoo Mail users consume far more power in their residences than do Gmail users. But AOL users appear to be the worst energy hogs of all. The reasons why might surprise you.

AOL’s MapQuest Social Network Launches Tomorrow [Updated]

We’ve been watching with some interest – shall we say – as AOL attempts to secretly prepare for a MapQuest social network called mqVibe. It hasn’t been announced yet, but we’ve been able to connect enough dots to figure out that it’s a neighborhood social and business network. UPDATE: And it launches tomorrow.

Our intrepid gumshoe at Fusible.com…

AOL Is Building A MapQuest Social Network Called mqVibe

Something cool is coming to your neighborhood. AOL appears to be preparing us for some kind of neighborhood-based social network built around MapQuest (remember them?). It has registered a bunch of domains this year that all point to a page that says something called “mqVibe” is coming soon.

Earlier this month, we reported on a slew of domain name…

Is AOL About to Announce Its Own Social Network? [Updated]

Judging by trademark applications and domain name registrations, it appears that AOL is preparing to announce a social networking site called NVIBE. AOL registered NVIBE.com on September 9, and they applied on the same day for five trademarks that describe interest- and location-based social networking services.

AOL acquired Bebo, another social…

I Worked on the AOL Content Farm & It Changed My Life

Five years ago this week I began writing for AOL’s blog network Weblogs Inc. I wrote 5 technology news stories each day and was paid a mere $5 per article. It was grueling, that was just one of 3 jobs I had at the time – and it was great.

AOL’s secret internal plan to ramp up its online content business was leaked today to New York business blog…

Google and AOL Renew Search Agreement for Another 5 Years

Google and AOL just announced that they have renewed their global search alliance for another five years. Google will continue to power search on all of AOLs properties. For the most part, the new agreement just reinforces the existing contract, but the two companies also plan to expand their current alliance to cover mobile search and AOLs…

MapQuest Embraces Open Source

AOL’s MapQuest announced today that it is launching an open-source mapping initiative, beginning with the U.K. and then heading to the United States. The project, available now at open.mapquest.co.uk, uses the new modern design and layout for MapQuest revealed last week in beta format. However, the data on the site comes from the OpenStreetMap…

Yahoo Grabs Associated to Increase Content

Yahoo announced today that it is buying Associated Content, a user-generated media company with 380,000 contributors and 16 million monthly visitors.

Yahoo, the second largest search engine after Google, said it will complete this acquisition in the third quarter of 2010. Although financial terms were not released by either company, the deal is…