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  1. #1
    Aspirante a Evangelist
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    [EN] Verizon buys AOL for $4.4bn

    US telecommunications giant Verizon has agreed to buy AOL in a deal worth $4.4bn (£2.8bn), the company has announced.

    The deal includes about $300m of AOL debt. AOL will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Verizon upon completion.

    The assets of US internet firm AOL include its dial-up subscription business.

    The deal also includes websites such as the Huffington Post, Techcrunch, Engadget, Makers and AOL.com.

    The acquisition will give Verizon access to AOL's automated advertising platforms, as well as its video content.

    AOL had only 0.74% of the $145bn global digital advertising market in 2014, according to eMarketer. Market leader Google had 31.4% market share last year, followed by Facebook with 7.9%.

    Verizon said the deal would give impetus to its 4G wireless video and internet video ambitions, and also feed into its plans for capitalising on the so-called "internet of things".

    AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong will continue to lead the firm if the deal goes through - the transaction is subject to regulatory approval.

    "We are excited to work with the team at Verizon to create the next generation of media through mobile and video," Mr Armstrong said.

    Verizon is offering $50 a share for AOL, compared with AOL's closing price of $42.59 on Monday.
    http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32702558

  2. #2
    Aspirante a Evangelist
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    The assets of US internet firm AOL include its dial-up subscription business
    Ainda existe isso?

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    Citação Postado originalmente por Arr Ver Post
    Ainda existe isso?
    Holy cow 2.1 million people still use AOL dial-up for Internet

    May 11, 2015

    This week AOL reported their Q1 2015 earnings, and with it, notified the planet of 2.1 million subscribers to their internet service with dial-up speeds. Welcome back to the age of installing the internet on your computer with a CD you got in the mail. This is a reminder that hardship exists. This is a reminder that, while there are people who are homeless on the streets of Brooklyn but still have a smartphone that can access the internet at 3G speeds, there are people living in the country connecting at 56 kilobits-per-second.

    While not all users in this 2.1-million collection are in the same boat, many are using a $20 service which connects through their land-line phone wire. And yes, there are quite a few people in the United States that still use land-line phones.

    Many, according to AOL's report, are "participating in introductory free‐trial periods", and this 2.1-million subscribers" number includes those that are "paying no monthly fees or reduced monthly fees through member service and retention programs."

    "Individuals who are only registered for our free offerings," said an AOL representative, "including subscribers who have migrated from paid subscription plans, are not included in the AOL subscriber numbers presented above. Additionally, only those individuals whose subscription includes AOL‐brand dial‐up access service are included in the AOL subscriber number."

    The number of AOL dial-up users has fallen by about 500k every year for the past several years, while the big fall happened nearer the beginning of the 2000s.

    It's not just that these people are stubborn and continue to use free services or low-priced services because they don't want to upgrade. It's that many of them live in areas where no other service is available.

    Out in the country where no lines are run.

    Where even a mobile hotspot doesn't work.

    These areas DO exist.

    Of course there's also the hipster element.

    Dial-up for the sake of staying simple.

    The information AOL presented this week can also be found in their Q1 Quarterly Earnings report through AOL dot com. You're going to love the way AOL continues to sell internet to the public - straight through their phone lines!

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    “Platforms” group — which specializes in automated ad sales on other publishers’ properties — grew by 21%, but lost US$10 million

    Verizon could spin off The Huffington Post, Engadget, and TechCrunch after its $4.4 billion acquisition of AOL

    http://recode.net/2015/05/12/verizon...r-4-4-billion/

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