March 30, 2006 |
Google Inc. said Wednesday that it had ironed out the final details of its expanded alliance with America Online, clearing the way for the online search-engine leader to invest $1 billion in its biggest advertising partner. The two companies signed a definitive agreement Friday to seal a deal originally announced in December, according to Securities and Exchange Commission documents filed by Google. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company will assume a 5% stake in Time Warner Inc.'
March 17, 2006 |
Google Inc. said it extended time for negotiations with Time Warner Inc.'s America Online unit over a $1-billion investment in AOL and a related advertising agreement. The companies agreed to extend the time for closing the deal to today and may put off the closing date again, Google said in a regulatory filing. In exchange for its $1 billion, Mountain View, Calif.-based Google would receive a 5% stake in AOL.
March 4, 2006 |
Less than a week after interest groups complained about a proposed bulk e-mailing fee, America Online Inc. said nonprofit organizations would not have to pay to send mass messages to their members after all. The Dulles, Va.-based company said Friday that it would offer qualified groups a bulk e-mail service comparable to one that would be available to commercial e-mail senders. It also said it would pay the fees for the nonprofits and advocacy groups.
February 27, 2006 |
America Online never stops telling us about how vigorously it strives to protect its members from spam, viruses, spyware, identity theft and all sorts of other fraudulent behavior on the Internet. What it doesn't talk about is this: What chance do we have when AOL itself is a participant in, or at least a beneficiary of, the fraud? That's the question implicit in the story I'm about to relate. About a month ago, a couple of suspicious charges appeared on my American Express card statement.
February 22, 2006 |
America Online Inc., seeking to encourage its subscribers to sign up for high-speed connections, is raising the price of its main dial-up plan to equal that of its new broadband offerings. That means most subscribers will pay $25.90 a month for either dial-up or broadband starting March 9, although AOL still will offer discounts to dial-up subscribers who commit to a year. AOL now charges $23.90 a month for unlimited dial-up access.
February 21, 2006 |
America Online Inc. and Web-Ex Communications Inc. are teaming up to provide a business version of AOL's popular AIM instant-messaging software. Called AIM Pro, the business version will offer more security -- communications, for instance, will be encrypted -- and more features to help workers collaborate, using conferencing tools offered by WebEx, based in Santa Clara, Calif.
February 14, 2006 |
Time Warner Inc.'s AOL started a test version of its AOL.com website to attract the more than 2 million people in the U.S. who speak Chinese. The Chinese-language site at http://aol.com/chinese will offer free e-mail, news, Web search, full-length movies and episodes of television shows from China, Dulles, Va.-based AOL said.
February 6, 2006 |
Two of the world's largest e-mail account providers, Yahoo Inc. and America Online, plan to introduce a service that would charge senders a fee to route their e-mail directly to a user's mailbox without first passing through junk mail filters, representatives of the companies said Sunday. The fees, which would be a quarter of a cent to a penny per e-mail, are the latest attempts by the companies to separate legitimate mail from unsolicited ads, or spam, as well as identity-theft scams.
January 28, 2006 |
America Online Inc., having lost more than 6 million Web access subscribers in three years, is teaming with high-speed Internet access providers including Verizon Communications Inc., AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp. to stem further defections. AOL customers will be able to buy high-speed Internet service for as low as $25.90 a month from Verizon, AOL said Friday. BellSouth customers will pay $29.50. AT&T customers can also receive the high-speed AOL service for $25.
January 27, 2006 |
A California man was charged with defrauding America Online subscribers as part of a so-called phishing scheme whereby he sent thousands of e-mails made to look like they came from AOL's billing department. Jeffrey Brett Goodin, 46, of Azusa was charged with unauthorized use of a credit card as well as wire fraud, the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles said. He faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison if convicted.