AOL has announced last week that they would be shutting down Winamp, the popular Windows-based 16-year-old media player. Winamp said that Winamp.com and the associated software will be shutting down on December 20, 2013.
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It is rumored that Microsoft Corporation will be buying Winamp from AOL. Earlier this week, it was announced that AOL would be shutting down Winamp and Shoutcast. Winamp launched 15 years ago and was the media player of choice for many Windows users. AOL will be removing the download links for Winamp on December 20th. Many people were upset by the announcement. Stay tuned to Pulse 2.0 in the future to find out if Microsoft does buy Winamp from AOL.
We will miss Winamp whipping the llama’s ass for the last 15 years. The free music player launched in the late 1990s, but it will now be shutting down December 20th, 2013.
MapQuest is a popular mapping service that is run by AOL. Google Maps and Apple Maps is much more used than MapQuest nowadays, but MapQuest is still the #3 mobile map app, according to comScore.
On Monday, a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against AOL, Inc. (NYSE:AOL) by former stockholders. The former stockholders claimed that some AOL executives committed fraud after buying millions of company shares before Microsoft spent $1 billion buying patents from the company.
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Earlier this week, we reported that AOL, Inc. (NYSE:AOL) hit revenues of $541.3 million for the quarter. However, the company’s brand group reported a loss of $1.4 million. Patch.com, one of those brand groups, will be laying off as many as 550 employees on Friday. Hundreds of websites in the network will also be shut-down. Patch.com is AOL’s hyper-local news division.
AOL Inc. has announced that Bob Lord has joined the company as the CEO of AOL Networks, effective on August 1st. Prior to joining AOL, Lord was the Global CEO of Razorfish and was the CEO of Publicis Groupe’s Digital Technologies Division. Lord will be overseeing AOL’s flagship technology stack, which services over 22,000 publishers and 4,000 advertisers. Lord will work in New York City and report to AOL chairman and chief executive officer Tim Cook.