Google, Microsoft and More Launch Campaign to Reform NSA Spying

Eight of the largest companies in tech have joined forces to battle the NSA's spying, demanding sweeping reforms of the US Government's surveillance policies. Read More >>

Stop That Coffin! Winamp May Live On

Despite AOL announcing that Winamp was to be put out of its misery on December 20th, TechCrunch is reporting that Microsoft is in talks to buy it! It may yet live another day. Read More >>

RIP Winamp, We Once Knew Ye So Well

After celebrating its 15th birthday last year, AOL-owned Winamp announced today that it will be shutting its doors on December 20. Pour one out for everybody's favourite forgotten MP3 player. [Ars] Read More >>

Tech Giants Band Together to Starve the Pirates Out

If you can't sue them out of existence, and blocking them just doesn't work, then what's the next best thing? Cut off a pirate's money supply, of course. And that's exactly what most of the world's biggest advertising companies including Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL are doing. Now rights holders can file a request to block adverts on particular sites, just like DMCA takedown notices for content. Read More >>

Reminder: Import or Export Your Google Reader Feeds Now

Today is the day when Google sends its much-loved-by-us, but seemingly disowned-by-Google RSS reader to the electronic scrapheap in the sky. As of writing, Reader is a walking corpse. It's scheduled for destruction today, but I'm assuming Google won't pull the plug until someone's up and had their coffee in the US. So, if you haven't pulled your RSS feeds yet, or synced them into another service, do it right now. Read More >>

AOL Reader: Simple, Fast, But Hardly Groundbreaking

With Google Reader ready to tap out, it seems like everyone is keen to throw their hat into the feed reader ring. The latest offering is from AOL and it's simple, fast and lacking any unique features — though that's not necessarily a bad thing. Read More >>

AOL Music Is Dead

AOL is P45-ing editorial employees at its news sites and shutting down many but not all of the brands associated with the vertical. There has been no official statement from AOL master control, but the dismissed staff of its music wing are breaking the news to the Internet. Read More >>

AOL's New Alto Email Client Makes Your Inbox Pretty

AOL has launched a new cloud-based email client called Alto and it manages to achieve the seemingly impossible: it makes email look kinda... pretty. Read More >>

The 11 Biggest Missed Opportunities in Tech

The tech world is full of flops. This ain't them; some of these companies and their products were monstrously successful for a time; others never even had the high expectations and hype required for something to earn the title "flop". Read More >>

Microsoft Just Bought Netscape, the Hottest Browser of the 90s!

As AOL, in the equivalent of selling sperm to pay the phone bill, offloaded a billion dollar's worth of patents to Microsoft, something strange happened: the latter became the owner of Netscape. Remember Netscape? The browser. From 1994. A steal! Read More >>

Desperate AOL Sells 800 Patents to Microsoft For £650 Million

In an internal memo sent out this morning, AOL informed employees that it will sell 800 patents for £650 million to Microsoft. Translation: AOL is severing organs and handing them over to Microsoft for badly needed cash. Microsoft, in turn, walks away with an arsenal of patents it can use to fight critical battles with bigger foes down the road. Read More >>

AIM: The Reports of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Multiple news outlets reported yesterday that AOL planned to kill off its AIM messaging platform—*raises hand*. AOL today has responded with a strongly-worded, albeit off-the-record, "Nuh-uh, not us." Read More >>

AIM Is (Unofficially) Dead

For anyone inside the generation for which AOL was synonymous with the internet, and AIM was prerequisite to any social life at all, some pretty sad news: AOL just sacked its IM team. The old king of chat is paraplegic. Read More >>

Webmail Giants Team Up To Stop Phishing Scams

Cooperation is a rare thing in the cut-throat world of technology, but some of the world's biggest email providers are teaming up to help cut the incidence of phishing scams. Read More >>

Gizmodo's Guide to IM Etiquette

Everyone has an obnoxious instant messenger friend. If you don't, it's probably you. Our parents didn't come of age in the days of MSN and AOL, so it's unlikely that they were able to pass on the finer points of internet manners. Well, Mumma Gizmodo is here for you, baby. Now suckle from our teat of wisdom. Read More >>

Facebook Is Taking Over Your Life

Facebook started out as a fun distraction, then it became something integral. And while it's currently trending towards being an essential part of our lives, will it someday become inescapable? If these graphs are any indicator, then it's very well possible. Read More >>


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