Roku turned to AOL Thursday to provide quicker access to news on its streaming-video box.
In addition to the AOL On app that has been on Roku for a while, the box is adding an integrated AOL news service to its home screen, providing fast access to a selection of real-time news videos from more than 1,000 sources like the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, Reuters, BBCNews, HuffPost Live, and the E! cable network. CNET, which puts its videos on AOL's On network, will be there too.
Roku has more than 1,000 channels, adding new ones … Read more
If you ask AOL, the third quarter was all about revenue, revenue, revenue -- never mind that big miss on profit.
In the latest three-month period, the online media company grew advertising dollars at double the rate it did the quarter before, thanks largely to its takeover of Adap.tv and video ad growth. But its slim profit -- just 2 cents per share versus the 35 cents analysts were expecting -- was a glaring eyesore on the bottom line.
The miss was largely due to restructuring costs and a goodwill impairment, which is when a company reevaluates how much … Read more
The top tech companies are sharpening their blades in their battle with the National Security Agency. While they've been doggedly asking for transparency on the agency's mass surveillance program for months, they're now calling for reform.
Google, Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, and AOL penned a letter (pdf) to the lead members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday urging the lawmakers to substantially reform the NSA surveillance practices. The companies also asked for additional oversight and accountability mechanisms for the spying programs.
"Transparency is a critical first step to an informed public debate, but it is … Read more
Texting just got a little more intelligent with the aid of Emu Messenger, an SMS-based "contextual assistant" that uses location awareness and artificial intelligence to provide a variety of information services. Currently only available for Android, Emu Messenger can assist in scheduling meetings, making restaurant reservations, and finding movie showtimes and tickets near your location.
"When we started working on the app, we wanted to do the things people are talking about in text messages, and near-time coordination is what a lot of people do when texting," said co-founder and CEO Gummi Hafsteinsson, who formerly worked … Read more
YouTube is still the king of Internet video, but AOL's takeover of Adap.tv last month is making it the richest in that kingdom.
In ComScore's Web video rankings for September, AOL topped Google as the property with the most video ads watched last month, with 3.7 billion views compared to the YouTube parent's 3.2 billion.
It was in September that AOL closed its takeover of Adap.tv, a company that automates the marketplace of video ads. The $405 million takeover was the largest for Chief Executive Tim Armstrong since he took command of AOL, … Read more
AOL may be resisting the urge to spike the ball in the end zone after this score.
The online media company has sealed a partnership with ESPN to syndicated clips from the coveted sports network on AOL Web sites, including owned sites like Huffington Post, and onto connected devices through its AOL On app.
ESPN, which leverages its surfeit of sports coverage to extract higher payments from pay-TV distributors than any other channel, will arrange ads to accompany the ESPN-branded news, highlights, and analysis clips, which includes videos seen on SportsCenter and other ESPN programs. ESPN will share revenue from … Read more
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought against AOL by some of its former stockholders on Monday. According to Reuters, the former stockholders alleged that some AOL executives committed fraud when they bought millions of company shares before a major $1 billion patent sale to Microsoft.
However, according to Reuters, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote wrote in her opinion, "the complaint's conspiracy theory is mere speculation."
If there's a technology out there that users love, there's probably a company that doesn't want it integrated with their own services.
This week, Google admitted that it had deliberately blocked some of the functionality of Microsoft's latest attempt at a native YouTube app for Windows Phone. Google chalked up its decision to a determination that Microsoft had violated YouTube's terms of service, even after the two companies tried working together on a version of the app based on HTML5.
Sounds familiar? It should. The history of the technology industry is littered with examples of … Read more