Annals of Sent Mail
We can’t say we envy whoever’s behind the wheel of Patch, AOL’s network of hyperlocal news sites. With a torrent of bad press; a prettier, more popular sister in The Huffington Post, and executives resorting to (allegedly) defending the company in the Business Insider comments section, it’s likely Team Patch in need of a morale boost. But it’s hard to know how to make a generous statement of your confidence in the company without awakening some sales exec’s dormant inner frat boy.
Attendees at AOL and PBS’s recent joint “Makers Lunch” at AOL Studios in the Village posed in front of a bank of monitors featuring images of Katie Couric, Condoleezza Rice, Sandra Day O’Connor, and other famous femmes. They were celebrating the launch of Makers.com, a site that features video interviews with a number of lady machers who broke Read More
New York Times Magazine writer Andrew Goldman kicked off his “Talk” with AOL CEO Tim Armstrong by revealing that Arianna Huffington, editor in chief of the AOL-owned Huffington Post, was not very pleased with her own turn in the Q&A column.
AG: After AOL purchased The Huffington Post last year, I interviewed Arianna Huffington. She hung up on me and complained to my editors. So I was pleasantly surprised that you agreed to this interview.
TA: I read the interview when it came out, and it looked like it was rough. We don’t hold grudges around here.
Back in April, Mr. Goldman and Ms. Huffington got into it over the alleged red shift that had struck the news site, once known as the liberal’s Drudge Report, since its merger with AOL.
IMPRESSIVE DISPLAYS OF CHUTZPAH
Alexia Tsotsis was a well-liked and popular tech blogger before she was at TechCrunch, back when she was at SF Weekly. She became even more well-liked and popular when Michael Arrington corralled her into going to TechCrunch, which was shortly before AOL bought the site out and promised Michael Arrington the full editorial autonomy to be as combative and belligerent with his new ownership as he had been with anyone with the past. Not long after, AOL chief content capo Arianna Huffington pushed Michael Arrington out to show him just how much autonomy the irascible feeding-hand-biting blogging mogul had. Because TechCrunch’s chief Kool-Aid mixer, Mr. Arrington, was out of the picture, some of the best TechCrunch writers on staff started quitting. Ms. Tsotsis has held out.
It is now safe to say she appears tired of holding out.
content is king
In his bid to turn AOL around by creating a content empire, CEO Tim Armstrong has pulled out all the stops, purchasing the Huffington Post for $315 million and appointing Arianna Huffington as editor in chief.
According to Kara Swisher at All Things D, the pair have a new motto for the empire within Read More
AOL has officially purchased Techcrunch. The media giant has been eyeing the indie blog since as far back as 2008. But a quick look at AOL’s recent slide in covering the tech sector shows why it finally sealed the deal.
A year ago Endgadget and Gizmodo, the respective tech blogs of AOL and Gawker, Read More
This morning brought the announcement that AOL will purchase NY based video firm 5min. The price of the acquistion is still unknown, although for what it’s worth, Peter Kafka at All Things D just tweeted it was likely $65 million.
5min started life in 2007 as a hub for instructional videos, but there were Read More
The first issue of Bloomberg BusinessWeek landed in news stands today. What is it like?
First, the logo: “Bloomberg” is tucked discreetly between the the “B” and “i” in “Business.”
The front of the book runs about 30 pages, and offers short write-ups on the Fed, GM, and “What Lurks on the Books of Banks.” Read More
Today, June 11, AOL annouced that it is acquiring Patch, the New York–based start-up, as well as Going.com, a nightlife event guide “for people who love to go out.” Patch’s sites, which currently cover six towns in New Jersey (with four more in development, according to Patch’s chief executive Jon Brod) are hyperlocal neighborhood Read More
Diller, Murdoch, Zucker Friend Each Other at Internet Week Soiree: An Observer photo Read More