AOL Could’ve Saved the World

Can you imagine a world where AOL owned YouTube and Facebook? It sounds delightfully boring. And it almost came to be, according to the former AOL CEO Jon Miller. Read More >>

What’s the Best Chat App of All Time?

In case you haven’t heard, your once-favourite chat apps are going the way of the dinosaur. Yes, following the recent demise of AIM, Yahoo Messenger is saying goodbye next month, the company announced today. It’s got me thinking about my relationship with the concept of chats, especially chats in apps so intertwined in our lives. Read More >>

PSA to Yahoo and AOL Users: Your Emails can be Scanned for Targeted Advertising

If you use AOL or Yahoo for email, you should be aware that a recent change in the privacy policy of Oath—the umbrella company that controls both services—now allows your emails to be scanned and the information used for targeted advertising. Read More >>

The AOL-Yahoo Merger Apparently Smells Like Grapefruit, Cedar and ‘Salty Ozone’

Oath isn’t just a cultishly-named agglomeration of Yahoo, AOL, and 12 other legacy web brands of varying relevance—it’s also a fragrance. Read More >>

Indie Game Emily Is Away Too Celebrates the Wild West of Early Social Media

Ah, the good old days of early 2000s internet, when you could easily share copyrighted music on YouTube, Facebook poking was still a thing, and Instant Messenger could make or break a friendship. Read More >>

AIM Starts Killing Off the Apps That Actually Made It Good

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In what feels like a death blow to everyone’s nostalgia, it looks like AOL will soon cut off third-party access to its famous Instant Messenger service. The service turns 20 years old this year, and at this point, it’s unclear if it will see its 21st birthday. Read More >>

The Voice of AOL’s ‘You’ve Got Mail’ is Now an Uber Driver

Well, this is a surprising development. Elwood Edwards, the guy who voiced AOL’s iconic “welcome” and “you’ve got mail” phrases, is now an Uber driver in Ohio. Read More >>

The Sad Sale of Yahoo Confirms That Marissa Mayer Failed

At long last, Marissa Mayer’s rocky reign at Yahoo appears to be coming to an end. The news comes not with a bang—or an exclamation mark—but with something closer to a resigned sigh. Read More >>

The BBC’s Been Tricked Into Serving Dodgy Ads

Naughty cybercriminals have reportedly managed to dupe the Beeb into serving dodgy ads across the pond. The attack, which affected, as well as a bunch of other major sites, including MSN, the New York Times and Newsweek, is believed to have been aimed primarily at US-based web surfers. Read More >>

Will Google Buy Twitter? Amazon Buy Yelp? Rumours Swirl After AOL Deal

Technology is filled with all kinds of rumours, real and fabricated. It gives us a look at what might be and will be. BitStream gathers the whispers all in one place to divine what the future has in store. Read More >>

All the Media Companies That Belong to Verizon Now

US communications company Verizon yesterday bought AOL, but before that, AOL was a company with deep pocketbooks (all that dial-up money!) and a very weird portfolio of acquisitions. Read More >>

Verizon is Buying AOL for $4.4 Billion

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Verizon is buying AOL for a cool $4.4 billion in cash. The newspaper claims that Verizon's purchase is “aimed at advancing the telecom giant’s growth ambitions in mobile video and advertising.” Read More >>

How Were You Using the Internet in 1999?

For whatever reason, one of the Gizmodo writers posted an image of an old AOL free trial disc in our staff-wide chat the other day. One thousand hours free for 45 days! This, of course, started us all down a road of weird nostalgia, recalling how we used (or misused) the World Wide Web back in the twilight of the 90s. What were you doing on the Internet back then? Read More >>

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 >>