America Online Inc. (AOL)
- Homepage: http://www.aol.com/
August 2005: "Founded in 1985, AOL was the first consumer online service, and has continued to be a leader on the online services market. AOL was the first to include an instant messaging service, the first to include Parental Controls, the first with “anywhere” e-mail, and the first service designed specifically for broadband consumers. Today, about 30 million people around the world count themselves as AOL members. AOL members are active and engaged in the service, sending roughly 450 million e-mails per day, about 1.5 billion instant messages per day. Nearly 170,000 chat rooms are open on the service every day."http://www.corp.aol.com/whoweare/index.shtml
September 2011: "SAN FRANCISCO — AOL said on Friday that Michael Arrington, the founder and co-editor of its TechCrunch blog and one of the most prominent voices in Silicon Valley, no longer had an editorial role at the company because he also invested in tech companies."http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/02/aol-says-arrington-no-longer-works-at-techcrunch
July 2008: "In 2006, after AOL released for research purposes the search records of thousands of anonymous users, reporters from The New York Times were able to track down one person by analyzing her search queries. Mr. Opsahl said anonymous viewing habits may similarly yield clues about the identity of viewers."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/04/technology/04youtube.html
June 2008: "On May 14, 2001, Joseph A. Ripp, the newly appointed chief financial officer of America Online, faxed a letter to the Las Vegas offices of the accounting firm Arthur Andersen with disturbing news: it appeared that an AOL business partner, and Arthur Andersen client, had forged a signature on a contract and booked several million dollars of sham revenue."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/09/business/media/09aol.html
May 2008: 'In the complaints filed in a federal court in Manhattan, the SEC contended that the former AOL executives "knowingly or recklessly engineered, oversaw and executed a scheme to artificially and materially inflate the company's reported online advertising revenue."'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/19/AR2008051901686.html
March 2008: '“I think it’s a reasonable way to look at how many touch-points companies have with their consumers,” Jules Polonetsky, the chief privacy officer for AOL, said of the comScore findings on Friday.'http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/10/technology/10privacy.html
August 2006: The group, which is funded by Google, Lenovo Group and Sun Microsystems, accused AOL of installing additional software without telling the user; adding components to the browser and taskbar without disclosure; automatically updating software without user consent; and making the AOL 9.0 software difficult to fully uninstall.http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2009353,00.asp
August 2006: AOL’s misstep last week in briefly posting some 19 million Internet search queries made by more than 600,000 of its unwitting customers has reminded many Americans that their private searches — for solutions to debt or bunions or loneliness — are not entirely their own.http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/12/technology/12privacy.html
February 2006: America Online and Yahoo, two of the world's largest providers of e-mail accounts, are about to start using a system that gives preferential treatment to messages from companies that pay from 1/4 of a cent to a penny each to have them delivered. The senders must promise to contact only people who have agreed to receive their messages, or risk being blocked entirely.http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/05/technology/05AOL.html
December 2005: Rebuffing aggressive overtures from Microsoft, Time Warner has agreed to sell a 5 percent stake in America Online to Google for $1 billion as part of an expanded partnership between AOL, once the dominant company on the Internet, and Google, the current online king.http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/16/technology/16cnd-aol.html
November 2005: Consider the granddaddy of merger debacles, America Online and Time Warner. Salomon Smith Barney, now part of Citigroup, worked for AOL and walked away with $60 million; Morgan Stanley advised Time Warner and made $75 million. Shareholders lost more than $80 billion.http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/27/business/yourmoney/27deal.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Owner of (partial or full, past or present) AOL Huffington Post Media Group Organization Sep 4, 2011 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) MapQuest.com Organization Mar 8, 2005 Cooperation (past or present) Motley Fool Organization Dec 14, 2005 Status/Name Change from Netscape Communications Organization Jul 27, 2006 Owned by (partial or full, past or present) Time Warner Organization Mar 21, 2004 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Tim Armstrong Person Sep 4, 2011 Founded/Co-Founded by Mr. Stephen ("Steve") M. Case Person Mar 21, 2004 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Randy Falco Person Dec 27, 2008 Organization Executive (past or present) Lisa Hook Person Jul 29, 2007 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Jonathan F. Miller Person Aug 12, 2006 Organization Executive (past or present) Joseph A. Ripp Person Jun 9, 2008 Research/Analysis Subject Kara Swisher Person May 2, 2007 Organization Executive (past or present) Kent Walker Esq. Person Dec 1, 2008
Articles and Resources
Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Sep 02, 2011 AOL Says Arrington No Longer Works at TechCrunch
QUOTE: AOL said on Friday that Michael Arrington, the founder and co-editor of its TechCrunch blog and one of the most prominent voices in Silicon Valley, no longer had an editorial role at the company because he also invested in tech companies.
New York Times Aug 31, 2009 How we’re losing our privacy online
QUOTE: As we slip further into the Internet era, they [computer experts] argue that we are every day surrendering more of the private us to the public domain
Christian Science Monitor Aug 19, 2009 A Lawsuit Tries to Get at Hackers Through the Banks They Attack
QUOTE: A lawsuit filed on Wednesday against some of the most shadowy Internet criminals... is being used to pry information from a group that is nearly as reclusive as the hackers: banks whose computers have been compromised.
New York Times Oct 16, 2008 ISPs are pressed to become child porn cops: New law, new monitoring technology raise concerns about privacy
QUOTE: New technologies and changes in U.S. law are adding to pressures to turn Internet service providers into cops examining all Internet traffic for child pornography....Privacy advocates are raising objections to such tools, saying that monitoring all traffic would be an unconstitutional invasion....But such monitoring just became easier with a law approved unanimously by the Congress and signed on Monday by President Bush.
MSNBC Jul 03, 2008 Google Told to Turn Over User Data of YouTube
QUOTE: A federal judge has ordered Google to turn over to Viacom its records of which users watched which videos on YouTube, the Web’s largest video site by far. The order raised concerns among YouTube users and privacy advocates that the video viewing habits of tens of millions of people could be exposed. But Google and Viacom said they were hoping to come up with a way to protect the anonymity of the site’s visitors.
New York Times Jun 09, 2008 From a Whistle-Blower to a Target
QUOTE: On May 14, 2001, Joseph A. Ripp, the newly appointed chief financial officer of America Online, faxed a letter to the Las Vegas offices of the accounting firm Arthur Andersen with disturbing news: it appeared that an AOL business partner, and Arthur Andersen client, had forged a signature on a contract and booked several million dollars of sham revenue.
New York Times May 19, 2008 SEC Sues 8 Former AOL Officials: Regulator Alleges Inflation of Online Ad Revenue
QUOTE: In the complaints filed in a federal court in Manhattan, the SEC contended that the former AOL executives "knowingly or recklessly engineered, oversaw and executed a scheme to artificially and materially inflate the company's reported online advertising revenue."
Washington Post Mar 10, 2008 To Aim Ads, Web Is Keeping Closer Eye on You
QUOTE: Consumers have not complained to any great extent about data collection online. But privacy experts say that is because the collection is invisible to them...“When you start to get into the details, it’s scarier than you might suspect,” said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a privacy rights group. “We’re recording preferences, hopes, worries and fears.”
New York Times Jan 29, 2008 Ask.com's Search Policy Splits Privacy Groups
QUOTE: When the search engine Ask.com launched a privacy protection program...it intended to hold out an olive branch to activists that oppose how search engines track people's private information. Instead, it...has sparked a feud between privacy advocacy groups and spotlighted the simmering controversy over how search engines handle private information.
Forbes May 30, 2007 Which ISPs Are Spying on You?
QUOTE: Wired News, with help from some readers, attempted to get real answers from the largest United States-based ISPs about what information they gather on their customers' use of the internet, and how long they retain records like IP addresses, e-mail and real-time browsing activity. Most importantly, we asked what they require from law-enforcement agencies before coughing up the data, and whether they sell your data to marketers
Wired Feb 22, 2007 Software Firm to Pay $30 Million in AOL Case
QUOTE: A Securities and Exchange Commission complaint accused Veritas and AOL of Dulles of simultaneously wiring payments to each other as part of an improper, unwritten "round-trip" agreement. Both companies used the deal to inflate revenue, the complaint said. For Veritas, the transaction added 2 cents per share to its fourth-quarter and annual earnings in 2000, allowing it to beat Wall Street expectations.
Washington Post Feb 01, 2007 The Real Rip-Off Report: Ed Magedson calls himself an advocate. His enemies call him an extortionist
QUOTE: Before the rise of the Web, the powerful could write off gadflies such as Ed Magedson. But the Internet provides a bully pulpit that Magedson has harnessed with startling success — and woe to the business owner who tries to ignore him. The Rip-Off Report has become a boon to the disgruntled, who've posted complaints taking on everything from poor business practices to deadbeat dads, ofen without a shred of proof. For Ed Magedson, it's been an even bigger gift. It's made him powerful, and it's made him money — although certainly not a dot-com millionaire. Magedson won't remove posts. He's not interested in evidence that would offer vindication.
Phoenix New Times Sep 08, 2006 Google carves a middle path on privacy
QUOTE: the company moved a step closer to establishing a global legal precedent on how Internet firms cooperate - or not - with government requests for information about Web users. It's a contentious issue that involves principles of personal privacy, political and commercial free speech, and fighting crime - be it pornography, pedophilia, racism, or terrorist plots.
Christian Science Monitor Sep 08, 2006 Former Justice Officials Critical of Thompson Memo Policy
QUOTE: A bipartisan group of 11 former senior Justice Department officials has written Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to protest the government's tactics in investigating corporate wrongdoing, tactics that they see as "seriously eroding" attorney-client privilege.
Law.com Sep 06, 2006 Entertainment Industry Donates to Allen's Bid
QUOTE: U.S. Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) is a leading recipient of entertainment-related campaign contributions to members of Congress, a nonpartisan analysis released yesterday shows, even as the senator has been criticizing his Democratic opponent's ties to Hollywood.
Washington Post Aug 28, 2006 AOL 9.0 Slapped with 'Badware' Label
QUOTE: The high-powered StopBadware.org coalition...funded by Google, Lenovo Group and Sun Microsystems, accused AOL of installing additional software without telling the user; adding components to the browser and taskbar without disclosure; automatically updating software without user consent; and making the AOL 9.0 software difficult to fully uninstall.
eWeek Aug 23, 2006 Tempting Data, Privacy Concerns
QUOTE: they balanced a chronic thirst for useful data against concerns over individual privacy...The AOL incident has set off a flurry of divergent opinions in the academic community over the appropriateness of using the data for academic research.
New York Times Aug 21, 2006 Editorial: Enter Search Term Here, Forever
QUOTE: companies often store searches in ways that allow them to be traced back to specific users...The storing and sharing of data of this kind is a violation of users’ privacy rights. Congress, the Federal Trade Commission and the companies should do more to protect these rights.
New York Times Aug 20, 2006 What do they know about you? MN SURVEY OF BIG 4 FIRMS SHOWS YOUR WANDERINGS ONLINE MAY NOT BE AS SECRET AS YOU WOULD LIKE
QUOTE: America's top four Internet companies -- Google, Yahoo, AOL and Microsoft -- promise they will protect the personal information of people who use their online services to search, shop and socialize. But a close read of their privacy policies reveals as much exposure as protection.
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