35 Burst results for "AOL"
Stephen Colbert Remains Defensive About Staffers' Arrests
"He is very defensive about what took place with his staff He's the kingpin behind it obviously With his 7 staffers were arrested They rested because they defied the Capitol Hill police and you would think that with all the security there and walled all the attention given to January 6th that Colbert and his conga linea leftists would know better But they don't Because they think they're above the law They know they'll never have to pay the price So his staffers were arrested They spent a few hours in their D.C. jail and they were released And they flew back to New York I wonder if along the way they saw some of the January 6th trespassers In the D.C. jail probably not since summer in solitary confinement The U.S. attorney in Washington D.C. is a hack He worked on the Biden campaign he's a hack and his wife is a hack And so it really is unimaginable that there would be equal justice Equity I think we call it now The way AOL is regurgitating this And they pick it off from Yahoo entertainment On Monday is the Late Show with Stephen Colbert Open by addressing the arrest of some of the staff in the capital complex late last week The crew were there with Robert schmiegel who voices triumph the insult comic dog covering the January 6th hearings Covert said that both Republicans and Democrats were willingly interviewed So what
Yahoo News: How the World Is Punishing Russia for the Ukraine Invasion
"There's a piece here at AOL I guess it is Really Yahoo news Since launching an invasion the Ukraine last week Putin and his country have faced intentional international backlash ranging from crippling economic sanctions to condemnation from the worlds of sports and culture There's not been enough kind of nation from the worlds of sports just some Just some And there's not been enough sanctions I don't understand this ratcheting up thing The guys now dropping what do they call those bombs Anyway on schools and hospitals Who doesn't care about life The U.S. taken action against Russia including sending half a $1 billion of military aid group is also freezing the assets of pew and other Russian officials as well as freezing roughly half the country's foreign currency reserves It's also targeting Belarus which is thrown in with Russia of course And its president Alexander Lashley who's allowing his country to be a military base for the assault Let's see the EU said it would be banning Russia today Sputnik and the Russian state media affiliates from the airwaves So they're no longer be able to spread their lives Chancellor a German Chancellor Olaf shoals said in a speech on either Germany would be increasing its defense budget in response to the invasion calling it a turning point in the history of our continent and adding it's clear that we need to invest significantly more on the security of our country What happened to Merkel Miracle used to blame this guy for blocking her from doing these things While she was a fraud and a liar he says he had already announced last week that his country was halting certification of the Nord stream two gas pipeline I'd like this far right Hungarian prime minister Why not just say Hungarian prime minister They don't even make call Putin far
Terry McAuliffe Wants to Turn Virginia into Maryland
"So here's my call Go ahead Huge differences Kate in this campaign I'm for raising the minimum wage to 15 bucks and for paid family medical leave I'm for paid sick leave All right So he wants the state taxpayers To pay for paid family leave and he wants the small businesses to raise the minimum wage He wants to turn Virginia in Maryland And what's going to happen here is I already see it as people are leaving this state This state is changing It's becoming an appendage certainly the northern part of the state of the federal government Where you have a combination of federal contractors federal bureaucrats and big tech AOL has a massive presence In Northern Virginia in fact 80% of all Internet traffic flows through loudon county Virginia believe it or not You see these massive windowless massive windowless buildings Several football fields long one after another after another after another Sure the communist Chinese have been targeted that But that's what this election is about in Virginia too Fundamentally altering
Big Techs Taliban Problem
"Last time the taliban controlled afghanistan. The world of technology looked pretty different. The internet was still in its relative infancy. The hottest tech products were things like my space in aol. Instant messenger and companies like facebook and twitter didn't even exist. Let alone were there. Presidents and prime ministers using social media to govern entire countries. But today it's really common for all kinds of world leaders to be on those platforms and now the taliban is back in power. Social media companies have a decision to make do facebook twitter and youtube ban the taliban because of its controversial past or do they let them run their self proclaimed more peaceful new government at the risk of legitimizing historically oppressive group joining us. Today to help explain. Vox foreign and national security. Reporter jen kirby. Hey jen hey shane. how're you doing. Good things so jen. Can you give us a rundown of what's been happening and afghanistan the last two weeks. Yeah so in some respects. This kind of starts a little bit earlier. Which is the fact that the united states had planned to withdraw from afghanistan and they set the deadline to be august thirty first and so in the past few weeks. They've been packing up and pulling out troops in preparing to leave but as that was happening the taliban was going on basically this route of afghanistan. They were taking over provincial. Capitals and all this is happening really really really fast much faster than the united states government at least said publicly and so two weeks ago. The taliban reached kabul the capital of afghanistan. Where the government is located and the afghan government claps. The president ashraf ghani fled and so essentially. The taliban became the new people in charge of afghanistan. And since that happened. It's been a chaotic and desperate rush to evacuate United states citizens and our afghan allies. Who helped us in the twenty year war in afghanistan. so it's been a mad rush mostly around the kaaba airport to get people out before this rapidly approaching august thirty first deadline
Every ALS Patient in New Jersey to Get Free Eye Gaze Technology
"Our next door. He comes to us from aol. News today is written by mary chapman. And it's called every patient in new jersey to get free. I gaze technology and this story talks about a new partnership which allows every individual in new jersey who suffers from a ls which is about four hundred folks in total have free access to i gaze technology. Now what does that actually mean. Well it means that a one point one million dollar effort that is being underwritten by new philanthropic organization called renew jersey. In collaboration with the nonprofit bridging voice are working together in order to bring i gaze technology technical support computer support and other supports to all four hundred patients in new jersey in order to help them communicate. Now of course it says it couvert. Nineteen pandemic has exacerbated the isolation that many patients feel as it has for for really kind of everyone. This is a very cool. Partnership it does use some different pandemic relief funds that went to new jersey and agreed program to get this assistive technology in the hands of individuals. Who can actually use it. Goes out to talk about some of the players in this project and everything but it does look like all you have to do to qualify as live in new jersey and heavy. Ls
Proud Boys Leader Charged for Burning Banner When BLM Rioters Burned Blocks
"From AOL. The leader of the far right Proud Boys pleaded guilty money to burning a black lives matter. Banner. Taken from a historic black church during a demonstration in December. In league Theriot 37 in Miami. I understand He's a Cuban Americano, Mr Producer. Hardly white. I allowed to say that I think I will. It was arrested on January three in Washington on a warrant stemming from a December 12 incident. The proud boys and other groups marched in a raucous pro trump rally through downtown Washington. The banner was stolen from the Asbury United Methodist Church, one of the oldest black churches in the area. On top of the destruction of property charge. He also pleaded guilty to attempting to possess a high capacity gun magazine which is illegal in the city. Alright, let's stop. He burned a black lives matter. Flag, Mr Producer. Have you ever heard of anybody being charged with burning a flag? Private property or no private property. Did we see entire blocks burned during the riots of this past summer? People had their hats pulled off their heads. People have their cars damaged people, all kinds of stuff. Does it not strike anybody as weird? And beyond weird. That this guy is charged with burning a black lives matter. Banner.
VOICE ALE Founder Aimi Nakajima on the Future of Voice Technology in Japan
"Both aol we. We are in has voice. Finale amboise market a lot so editor. We are on the pioneer of the japanese market. But still Yeah it's immature Da watt boasting mundi independent. But i am sure that there are fewer potential avoidable The healthcare for dairy Digital jessica you may know that we have our aching operation Percent of appropriation of my country is over. Six years old and more and many of them live along edition. The fatigue overcome caregivers become So i think this is quite typical program. Games have been. I've showed at boys. Technology should be arabia setbacks. Both mentor in physically. But still you know. There are so many issues to solve for example the air diary health discarded to set the smartphone app in the smart speaker. Nick multiple app to control right anyhow phase. so i think it's not relevant Voicing must control revia boyce different idea.
Verizon Sells Internet Trailblazers Yahoo and AOL for $5B
"Verizon is selling a couple of internet trail Blazers one was once the face of the internet but young who was overtaken by the likes of Google and Facebook another name being sold is a well you've got mail it was a dominant name during the internet's earliest days Verizon bought Yahoo and AOL about six years ago for nine billion dollars they're selling to Apollo management for five billion their attempts to jumpstart the brand's didn't work the ricin is refocusing on its wireless business I'm a Donahue
Verizon Sells Yahoo and AOL to Apollo for $5 Billion
"Been sold again, this time to a private equity firm. Verizon is selling its Verizon Media unit, which consists of those pioneering tech platforms that's going to Apollo global management for $5 billion Rise and says it will keep a 10% stake in the new company in the new company will be called Yahoo. Guess Prices,
The 26 Words That Made the Internet What It Is
"In april nineteen ninety-five. Kansas phone started ringing and ringing some more. It just wouldn't stop lots of calls. It wasn't like every second but it was just lots of calls. Ken had no idea what was going on. He ran a real estate magazine in seattle. But these calls had nothing to do with that. These callers were angry. This was the era of landline phones. No caller id so he'd answer and it would just be people screaming and cursing and they'd hang up before he could even figure out why they were so mad. He'd eventually learned that it had to do with the post online on the internet service. Aol or america online and aol. That time was filled with loss of message boards and someone else had posted this message under the screen. Name kenzi with cans real phone number. This early internet troll was purporting to sell great oklahoma t shirts and this was just days after a domestic terrorist bombing in oklahoma city killed more than one hundred and sixty people. These shirts they were just awful. They had slogans making light of the bombing and saying tasteless things about the victims and the ads infuriated people. How could you do this. What a loser you are. I'm just paraphrasing. all of now you could use your own Sense and And think of what they might be saying given what had just happened in oklahoma city in the post one troll wrote quote. Ask for ken due to high demand. Please call back if busy but not only can know nothing about this ad. He didn't even use aol so he called. Aol and basically i told him you know. My phone's ringing off the hook and i can't get anything done and it saw all these people Upset about something that they saw on. Aol aol took the post down but another popped up then another and another a familiar cat and mouse game.
League of Legends Patch 11.7: What's New?
"With that. Let's get to our main topic for tonight. Which is patch eleven point seven. We're going to highlight some of our changes that we want to call out here. I'm going to kick it off. I usually throw it to one of you guys. I'm changed i'm going. I deal with it. My favorite change this by far. Is that a mugabe buffed. And he got buffed in a way that is actually relevant to letting him be a champion again. Because momo got a second cooldown removed off of all ranks of his tantrum his e that is enormous enormous clear. Speed improvement his e refunds. Half a second every time he gets hit by anything. So reducing that base down creates this like feedback loop where you just get more and more tantrums. While you're clearing. That is way more of a clear speed buff than it seems just knocking second off one ability because of how that works with the refunds the sooner it cools down the sooner you can refund start the refunds again on your next casting. You just keep getting more casts. Yeah i recognize that that some single mothers. that's actually good strong. that's specifically the reason. This is such a big deal as this significantly buffs his clear speed. It does almost nothing to his ability to fight champions. Yeah it's pretty scary though. 'cause having a move in the game with that huge. Aol stein is just. It's a little scary for team fights for sure. And i'm highlighting him here because i think our listeners should be playing a moma if you get in the jungle. He's easy to play. He's extremely effective. And just got a massive buff.
Eastern Australia Is Facing Worst Floods In Decades
"Less than two years. After bushfires blazed across australia the countries east coast is seeing its worst flooding in decades. Some areas accumulated over yard of rainfall since downpours started last thursday. Tens of thousands have been ordered to evacuate on sunday alone. Five hundred giga leaders of water. The same volume of water and sydney harbour spilled out of sydney's largest dam even as rain subsides. The floodwater will still post trouble for weeks to come joined now by laura chung who has been reporting on all of this for the sydney morning herald. Welcome thank you for having me. Thank you for being with us. So what are you hearing from people on the ground there. Can you talk about the scope of the damage that they've seen so far of course say unlike the bush fires. We don't actually have a clear image of how much has just been damaged or destroyed. We know it's significant part of the state but what we do know is there has been water. Everywhere we've heard and seen houses just picked up floating down rivers that used to be farms and paddocks we've heard of livestock just being completely washed away their videos and of cows and horses just trying to make it through these really heavy floodwaters and what used to be straits and headaches just now yet completely flooded with water right up to where the pow lines off so if you can imagine that it is very striking image. What about people who didn't weren't able to evacuate and are now stranded. I mean how are rescue operations going right now for a lot of people who live in these low lying plains. Floods aunt anything new to them. They've lived with them before they know how to prepare for them. But there are a lot of people who would just not quite ready for how quickly the water would come up So we've got thousands of volunteers from the state. Emergency service who out there along with police on an interstate help as well. Who are rescuing people in. Bart's people saint helicopters being deployed to try and aol if people out of certain areas. And you're not only are off volunteers having to deal with the really intense flooding conditions. They're also having to deal with the wildlife. That's coming their way as
"aol" Discussed on Let's Talk Bitcoin!
"Right in. The moment has never been a good thing. So much as in inevitable thing is this. It are we there and if this isn't it then what do we think it'll look like when it does arrive. Yes we are definitely there. I think maybe we were even there before this at the last major run up in what was two thousand. Seventeen up to twenty thousand. We saw a huge unprecedented spike in new user. Adoption point awareness of bitcoin and crypto currencies spiked as well as the guidelines. The regulatory space became more kind of fleshed out. And you know sure. There were still plenty of half baked projects some of which turned out to be scams but i think a lot of people learn about crypto was the scams included in how to protect themselves from it and people are still learning about it so i think we've already sort of reached at least the first milestone. Aol moment. but i've been on this journey for a while. And i remember a lot of moments like this. You know that were exciting for example. I don't know if anyone remembers this. But remember when bitcoin got like this first article on slash dot twenty ten or something like that and i remember hearing about it on a talk radio show back in twenty eleven or twenty twelve i think from gavin andresen going on the show. So you know. I've seen a lot of exciting moments with quite disappointing moments too. But this does feel like a special moment that we haven't yet seen so far and i think it counts as the aol moment humbug. When do we go from banking the on banked and it's all about the other six billion to simpson for investment banking billionaires. I mean you know. I'm a bit disappointed. I think that happened the same time. Block streaming integrated tether probably. I know i know listen. I'm really happy that bitcoin is getting the attention. It's getting positive negative. And i'm really happy for a lot of people who waited very patiently and are seeing agree return on investment but at the same time like applauding j. p. morgan for finally finding in the pits of the dark saw the opportunity to praise an acknowledge bitcoin. Because it might make the money really. That's what we're doing a year ago or a little bit more than that the ceo. There was saying something really negative about big code but <hes>. Bitcoin do you guys remember that. Yeah bitcoin is dead says j. p. morgan before saying it reaches one hundred thirty thousand sometime in the near future. How here's the thing as much as i'm excited about the excitement that everybody's excited about. This is really the kind of fickle attention that is going to go away as fast as they came.
Is This The AOL Moment?
"Right in. The moment has never been a good thing. So much as in inevitable thing is this. It are we there and if this isn't it then what do we think it'll look like when it does arrive. Yes we are definitely there. I think maybe we were even there before this at the last major run up in what was two thousand. Seventeen up to twenty thousand. We saw a huge unprecedented spike in new user. Adoption point awareness of bitcoin and crypto currencies spiked as well as the guidelines. The regulatory space became more kind of fleshed out. And you know sure. There were still plenty of half baked projects some of which turned out to be scams but i think a lot of people learn about crypto was the scams included in how to protect themselves from it and people are still learning about it so i think we've already sort of reached at least the first milestone. Aol moment. but i've been on this journey for a while. And i remember a lot of moments like this. You know that were exciting for example. I don't know if anyone remembers this. But remember when bitcoin got like this first article on slash dot twenty ten or something like that and i remember hearing about it on a talk radio show back in twenty eleven or twenty twelve i think from gavin andresen going on the show. So you know. I've seen a lot of exciting moments with quite disappointing moments too. But this does feel like a special moment that we haven't yet seen so far and i think it counts as the aol moment humbug. When do we go from banking the on banked and it's all about the other six billion to simpson for investment banking billionaires. I mean you know. I'm a bit disappointed. I think that happened the same time. Block streaming integrated tether probably. I know i know listen. I'm really happy that bitcoin is getting the attention. It's getting positive negative. And i'm really happy for a lot of people who waited very patiently and are seeing agree return on investment but at the same time like applauding j. p. morgan for finally finding in the pits of the dark saw the opportunity to praise an acknowledge bitcoin. Because it might make the money really. That's what we're doing a year ago or a little bit more than that the ceo. There was saying something really negative about big code but Bitcoin do you guys remember that. Yeah bitcoin is dead says j. p. morgan before saying it reaches one hundred thirty thousand sometime in the near future. How here's the thing as much as i'm excited about the excitement that everybody's excited about. This is really the kind of fickle attention that is going to go away as fast as they came.
Vols firing Pruitt with cause after investigation
"Butch jones suddenly looking better. Jeremy pruitt gone today. John joining us. These senior sports editor at aol dot com and john. It is great to have you with us. We've talked about the possibility that pruitt would be gone. He is now gone. Fulmer out as well. Your reaction another stunning day on rocky. Top back on again paul. You know. I think that the part that i guess is maybe the most surprising to me is the phil fulmer component Because as you know we talked about the past you know there's obviously been you know. Rumors swirling about tennessee. Possibly moving on from jeremy pruitt for a while. I think a lot of people in the industry thought when that first report came out that tennessee was looking into Potential recruiting violations under pruitt that was signaling that they would like to fire pruitt with 'cause a four forecast which you know they've made very clear that is what they are doing. The former component is a little different because he is such legendary person with that blake department From his time as a football coach and you saw today in that press conference just the these university leaders really going out of their way to praise him and talk about how he's at tennessee. Ledge all those different things. So i think you know fomer kind of getting pushed aside Calling it a retirement. But i think there's a little more to that is probably the most interesting component of this to me because now it means you not only have to fire new. Find a new football coach but you also have to find a new ad. Do you think john. It was the contract extension. That former gave jeremy pruitt attorney was the final tipping point for him. I would imagine it's probably a lot of different you components to it because you know hey we have to remember this. Was you know fomer higher to begin with you know as that whole crazy. Coaching search point out and former becomes. Ad then hires jeremy pruitt. I also think. I mean if you were watching that press conference today paul. You know felt like you know so. It's still in some ways defending pruitt. They're asking him about how pruitt would be remembered and he talks about how you know recruiting had been good Which is obviously ironic considering that they fired him in part because of recruiting violations and fired nine people in total also tied the recruiting department But also just the way that he was talking about how pro had rebuilt relationships and all these different things it felt like to me at least that former was not out on pruitt as a higher to that point. So you know part of it could have been simply that you feel wasn't ready to move on from pruitt and it s part became what we're gonna make just wholesale changes here and i think if you remember paul you know one of the reasons why earlier in the year before we knew about all these recruiting violations. I was always a little skeptical. Pruitt getting fired in part because it would reflect poorly on former. And i didn't think four would want to move on from his higher Like you said he just gave an extension to after only three seasons as the head coach
Is the internet breaking your parents brains?
"I'm jordan rowling's. This is the big story. Bonnie christian is a contributing editor at the week. She also writes a column entitled the lesser kingdom at christianity. Today and she is a fellow at defense priorities. Hello bonnie thank you so much for having me. You're very welcome. I think we have A common thread. And i think a lot of people listening who are about our age Probably have it too. So why don't you start by rewinding to a time for me it was late. Ninety s maybe a little later for you but take us back to how the parents of our generation approached the internet. Yeah well so my experience. And i think many people's experience it sounds like your experience was that there was a real Caution a real concern about the early internet particularly children and young adults using it on their own without supervision and you know without good judgment to recognize what could be dangerous concerns about the amount of time that we spent online. There were concerns about I think the the fear back then was like you'd be in an aol chat room and someone pretending to be your peer who's actually like a an adult pedophile is going to lure you out and kidnap you There were concerns about porn. I remember In my high school computer class. They they really drilled into us that yours needed to google before you went to a website because if you just typed in a url and maybe you misspelled it. All the pornographers bought up all the misspellings of the websites. That kids want to go to. So you misspelled disney dot com just like boom. It's going to be the worst thing ever. I never heard that one yeah. I don't think it's shoe but there was a lot of concern and in a sense. You know i think real concern that. There are a lot of bad things on the internet. Did we know At the time what. The real dangers of the rest of the internet would be. I don't think anyone back then anticipated. I mean maybe professionals but in in sort of like the common Understanding don't think anyone anticipated what social media would be like And how it would us and how it would really affect our thought patterns and and the way we consume information and the way we that information Anyone really guessed what that would be like. How did we learn. Exactly what The internet but yeah in particular social media was doing to our brains. And what do we know now about what's happening in our heads. Yeah so there's been there's been increased attention to this For some time. Now one Book i mentioned in my article with his A good read though. I wonder if he's going to put out an updated edition to address more of social media. Because it was it was published in two thousand eleven is about called the shallows what the internet is doing to our brains Written by a guy named nicholas carr and he focuses really on the effects of the medium. How it it changes how we think It makes it shortens our attention span at it. Interrupts our ability to concentrate our ability To just sort of contemplate or meditate with their own thoughts And you know he wrote that a almost a decade ago now You know before twitter was really a thing and the way it is now. Instagram didn't exist. Facebook was was very much like a place for just sort of meaningless little friendly interactions and so since then i think all of the trends that he identified early have only accelerated and The the introduction and increasing ubiquity of social media You know it really is designed to addict us in a sense. I don't think that's too strong a word. It's all very carefully designed by very smart people for return usage to get us picking up our phones five hundred times a day and that's not an exaggeration. Pick up our funds hundreds of times a day. We go to these sites dozens of times a day that that can't help but change how we think and what we think about who is most vulnerable to that kind of manipulation. I guess if you want to call it that yeah we're i think we're all vulnerable. That said i did write the article with a generational angle and did focus on older people My p- my parents are in the boomer generation. As our i think you know The parents of most of my peers. And what's what's different generational only Is that we do find that. Older people are more likely to share misinformation And that like to share it. Unwittingly and that age more than other demographic indicators like education or political perspectives Wealth things like that Age is the by far and away the the most determining factor of that likelihood and anecdotally. That is something that I've encountered again and again with Friends of mine with readers online both before this article came out and certainly after that this is a a a problem and again by no means exclusive to one generation. There are plenty of younger people who have very dysfunctional internet habits In which i very often would include myself but there is a an a sense in which older people can be more vulnerable because of the lack of Digital literacy despite the pure happenstance of how old they happen to be when this stuff came
NBA looks to sports betting to fill the gap
"The nba season kicked off with a bang last night. The brooklyn nets beat the golden state warriors. One thousand five hundred ninety nine in the first game of the season with no fans in the stands looking likely anytime soon. The league is looking at new media strategies and sports betting to fill the gap and they aren't the only league doing so. How could that look. Our next guest has ideas. Let's bring in paul rebel. Founder the premier lacrosse league Paul great to see you again. Of course. The pl just merged with major league lacrosse. You say that this provides a singular destination for fans. I would imagine this. This gives the sport an advantage as well in terms of selling itself whether it be media coverage or streaming rights or any other kind of rights to carry the games. Yeah absolutely it's back. Happy holidays I think with sports in particular the ability to coalesce that have a singular message is important and for us when we look at future road profitability and just larger revenue Looking at the commercial opportunity of on now entering our third season twenty years or pro across history. That's looking like close to four thousand hours of twenty years of games at the mo of played that we can provide streaming service package as well as part of the announced we said we will get span to eighteen. Which is additional commercial assets and market now and as we continue to grow. We'll catch up to the legacy leaks. Hey paul dan great to have you back but in congrats on the deal. Quick one for you here you guys. You had that that bubble season this past summer very successful you know it was all over. Nbc all their properties. That sort of thing. Obviously no fans of how important was the sports gambling integration. You guys had done a deal with draft kings was that did that help engagement. And do you see that as a really important part of the offering the media offering going forward. Yeah it's huge allow. The sports properties have learned that we need to be more nimble. And not as reliant as call it major league baseball the traditional path to building a sports league on ticket sales the nba. What you reference malas typically rely on twenty or thirty percents of their revenue on tickets were looking at a modern sports age where it's meteorite sponsorship now sports betting merchandise in many cases the epl leapfrogs ticket sales and on the sports betting front. Dan we did a deal trap games last year and it was huge. I think what the sports betting this new gaming offers looking at now is live broadcast. Live odd integration And we're seeing networks now. Cut deals with gaming operators. If you look at espn's draft or mdc in points that so the properties are going to wedge their way and that's part one part two is i think in twenty twenty two to twenty twenty one. We're going to start seeing the entrance of bio data Related to players. So where will technology like lou on players that integrated the broadcast experience leaning more viewership and a larger handle sports ban in october. Three billion dollars legally registered. So we'll see that number continued to grow and more league revenue opportunity and board network revenue opportunity into twenty twenty
Interview With Marla Beck of bluemercury
"Everyone welcome superwomen. Today's guest. I'm very excited. Talk you a superfan. And i haunt her location near my office frequently marla who is the co founder and ceo behind plumer the nation's largest and fastest growing luxury beauty retailer and spa in the country. So hello and welcome. I thank you for having me. I am super fan of you. Also so the feeling is mutual. So i would love to kind of go back to the beginning because i know you were acquired but i would love to go through kind of the initial idea that you had for blue mercury and your skin care lines but where did you start off. So i actually grew up in. California was a junkie. There were little beauty shops. Where people made handmade things in berkeley which is about five minutes from where i grew up and when i was in high school is a new brand called german logica and so i always knew what was new on what was going on in beauty When i moved east to go to graduate school in boston a chance to drive forty five minutes. Divide act lipstick which was only sold at bengals in one place and on top of that it was the beginning of the i e commerce bom in fact we had just gotten our own email addresses and google and all the search and all the businesses that are here today did not exist. There was an obscure moore came to business school to talk about his business. He was talking about how he was going to bring books to the internet. And i was completely floored. jeff bezos. Only thirty people came to his talk. I was inspired by this new potential world out there that i couldn't even imagine and so started to think about what products i could bring to. The internet moved to dc after grad school and started blue mercury to bring luxury beauty products to the internet so initially inspired by jeff bezos in my obsession with beauty and we were one of the first to bring brands to the internet. Act of nineteen ninety. Nine week quickly realized that were too early. Not everybody was shopping online in fact everybody was on. Aol dial up and it used to take forever to get online and so we were just too early with that idea and so we pivoted and i laugh because were pivot didn't exist then we we were actually. Almost bankrupt realized we needed to do something different. And so we opened our first beauty store in washington. Dc georgetown back then you could only buy cosmetics at drugstores or department stores. There was no such thing as a free standing beauty store and We thought why not create this environment. Where staff were trained in all france where you could touch and feel products and that You could get makeup application and spa services in one place if you think back to them and i know a lot of people up did not shout back then who may be listening but everything was behind glass counters at department stores and you go up to the counter and ask someone to touch things to try things and i was in my twenties and i felt like no one really wanted to help me because i will spend money so this idea. The freestanding neighborhood beauty store was revolutionary at the time. And i remember i was so happy. Our first clients used to come in and screaming that they could touch products find find obscure brands get advice on a bunch of brands in their beauty problems and also get spa services in the same location as so now is the start of blue mercury. We wrote a bunch of different ways. The ecommerce wave and this move from buying beauty products at at department stores to buy beauty products in specialty stores so it was really the beginning and it took us a long time to build business. I've been at it for twenty one years so excited to have been building blue mercury for all that time. I love that. What seems as an overnight success to people when they read about your acquisition is like oh no. I've been doing this for twenty one years. I almost went bankrupt. You know it just goes to show you. And i and i. I like to talk about that. Because i think people think that i'm an overnight success and i've been doing this for twenty years. Now there's a lot of blocking and tackling around and usually your initial idea is completely wrong right. I think you have to have humility to realize that you're wrong. You need to change directions and we were humble in the first year pretty quickly and made. It's really sort of try to deal in truth and build a real business that had value for customer saying i think we got caught up in the first internet craze and it was exciting and fun and then we realized that we had to spend our time knowing and understanding what people want what they need and beauty and then just really took our time building the business and building an enduring company so when you were faced with bankruptcy being too early to the e com days how did you guys have the bravery or even funds to open your first brick and mortar. It's it's a great question. In fact we had received investment for the e commerce business and our investors hated the idea of doing a store because back then all value was pure play e commerce. And so my husband. I barry actually used our own money to do the first store.
Voice AI 2020 Year in Review with Botmock, Matchbox.io, and Willowtree
"So sarah. Why don't you give a quick introduction for What you're doing We can talk about your rebranding to if you want. But maybe that's for another day. But i'll just tell people about what you do and and how you came to be here today. Yes i'm the chief content officer at matchbox i. Oh and we are the brands behind a twenty voice. Applications on amazon alexa. Google assistant in samsung bixby and this past year. We've branched out into podcast website and mobile app as well got it perfect. Okay brielle hide. I am real. I am box head of product so my entire career has been kind of at the intersection of design language technology and we have an interactive canvas with drag oxes for anyone to create Choctaw waste at or an yards. Look so he's reading here today. But i'm glad to have you do your second appearance. And the voice podcast. Thank you rod and what we are podcast movement. A couple years ago to be us. Tell us about you. Yeah i hate to be as dangle. I'm the ceo of willow tree. We are a digital strategy design and development company helping clients like fox. Cbs hbo Synchrony bank schwab at jones etc with their apps in their websites. We believe voices the next big thing in the next two three years we think all those websites and apps are going to be voice powered. I've been working in digital and specifically around voice for a long time. I i got exposed to voice when i was at. Aol in the late nineties. I worked on the tell me acquisition which was one of the early really lay in ninety eight ninety nine. Yeah i remember. I remember driving home from from dulles to dc in testing out playing. You could play a black you could call in and play blackjack on a voice at the time right. Yeah yeah we've had a lot of tell the alums On the voice about podcasts. Over the last couple of years. So that's great. I didn't know you had that experience all right. So let's talk about the urine review. That's what we want to talk about. Twenty twenty twenty what happened. What didn't happen I think both things are probably true. It's been a strange year But it's also been dynamic urine voice. Here we'll start with you. Because i think there might be an interesting angle here. I assume the biggest story and voice this year is co vid because it's the biggest story at everything maybe not the big story invoice. We'll see But we should talk about covid and let's let's talk about the global pandemic. Did it change anything for you. What you saw in the industry at the time that we were sort of just entering into this and has that persisted is it still is. Is it the same difference as it anew. Difference is back to normal. What do you think yes or. The world changed trait in march. I mean we're all in a different place than we were thinking about. Voice applications thinking about hard portfolio in specific specifically at matchbox. So we saw right away when everyone. The entire world went into lockdown that the usage of voice applications shifted so during the week monday through friday pre covid. We had like peaks monday through friday. Seven am seven pm. Those were like the certain applications the the main peaks of usage. And then over the weekend it would be kind of spread out throughout the day But once everyone went into lockdown we started seeing that weakened usage throughout the entire week and it was slightly increased usage. stickiness increased as well So that was really interesting. There wasn't a massive spike. Everyone was talking about. Oh everyone's going to be at home and there's gonna be no smart speaker. Usage is going to dramatically spike. We didn't necessarily a huge spike. But we did see overall an increase in usage that persisted. Is it been the similar. Did we go back to normal higher different. Yeah it's persisted since since march and it'll be interesting. You want everyone at home and i know. Excuse me i know is gonna have to take a drink here in a second. Sorry sorry i know. As as vaccine becomes more available race and people star we all start coming out of lockdowns and people start returning to their their free cove lives. I think will see another shift. And as people start their commutes again we had a lot of discussions right before kobe. Hit with in-car experiences like talking with different manufacturers and that kind of thing in-car experiences and that's all been on hold and i expect once commute. Start up. I think we're going to see a really interesting spike. In use cases they're
"aol" Discussed on The Dave Ryan Show
"Dr Anthony Thoug- took over. Julia Roberts instagram yesterday as part of the Hashtag Pass my campaign, we're celebrities turned over. Their social media accounts to experts for a day, which is kind of Nice on social media to hear experts. Instead of your friend, you know Tammi. Who's telling you what she thinks is going on and let's see what else we got here. Always is an opinion and that's the worst. Tammy is pretty close to a care and I kinda get that. Drake accidentally played an old unreleased song on instagram. Live where he descending Kylie, Jenner and G G Hadeed, so issued a statement saying it shouldn't have been played last I. Want to do is have any friends of mine. Feeling disrespected. It's Kinda like. When you hit, reply all Yup and then you right back and said it's like. Let's say if we're all on a group message. And I hit reply and trying to talk to Steve. And I hit reply. All and I'm like good. God could Jenny be any more rude and obnoxious I wish he would quit and. And then Jenny sees it. She's like you know that went to meet you and then you gotta go. No just kidding, it's when you wish your like can I the mailbox. Take that out. No, it's it's an email. Too late. It's already there all right. We played this earlier and I thought it was gonNA be good song. It's a little clip of lady. Gaga Oriented Grandes. New Song Rain on me. Check this out. See if you like it. Only. ADDS up. Thing. I liked it probably him a little bit more here on WB, I gotTA mention this one, too, because we teamed up with Carboni to make the class of twenty twenty make sure they're recognized for their accomplishments.
"aol" Discussed on The Dave Ryan Show
"Picture going to the football games and seeing the storm band of the field in the. Sun Carson play laws. There isn't there. Yeah the Chili where it's coming from way Jenny Jenny attorney off Johnny. There's something going on with your studio sorry journey. We'll fix it. Though shadow Chan has in highschool the seniors President President Principle Dick Unger they built Chan High School i WanNa say Oh, maybe like nine something like that and it is a beautiful high school, and Shadow to all the graduating seniors shoutout to all the teachers and staff and Dick Unger and Mr. Simpson who's the band teacher over there and the staff and I know they all like totally bummed. That school was closed for the last couple of months. but Shannon to graduating seniors for example Mason Kalvoda who's graduating this year and graduation present Mason. There's a brand new Camaro in your dry. No. You'RE GONNA. Be Lucky to get a Jimmy John's gift car at Mason, what teenager wants Camaro anymore? What's a better car than a BMW? Let's say. BMW had their chances. They're not wise is a Steve Oh. Sorry. Anyway, shout out and thanks for listening to one zero one point three Katie WB. Hey, there's a lot of schools that we didn't give a shoutout to and a lot of people said Hey, will you know what I know that you can obviously do every school? But I did want get a out to all the kids. At Saint, Francis, area schools on their last day of school today, also a shoutout to all the teachers in the district, and that's from Nicole and if you're graduating this year one. One thing I just may give you a little like a little bug in to go on iheartradio and search, commencement or graduation there's does and of artists and stars, relevant people with like an eight minute five minute graduation speech, and it's actually really cool is listen to halls, ease the other day and I think I listen to Dj College the other day, too, and they're actually really good, because you could learn something from just about anybody who's successful for that matter. You probably learned a lot from anybody. Anybody who's not successful to what do I want to avoid Go check that out. We'll be right back at one point. We ain't goanywhere. We're here. It's one of one point three K.. D. WBZ Nagin knee stallion one point three K. D.. WBZ shout out all seniors, anybody who's going off to college this fall or anybody's return income, you know what anybody who is like.
"aol" Discussed on The Dave Ryan Show
"Are you serious I gotta Party and this all started with Jenny because at this new boyfriend is basically, he's the Scott Duncan of Wisconsin yet. So you go out to your mom and dad's house, and so this guy. Can we say our guys name that his name? Andrew, so Andrew goes out meets Mr. Mr and Mrs Luton Burger and he's like Oh, hello, sir, how are You my? That's certainly a fetching ensemble. You're wearing this evening. Mrs Luton Burger oh G-. Good evening. Sir, how are you? Is there anything you need? Help with around the house going to take the garbage out then when your mom and dad aren't looking, he's stealing money out of your mom's Persian go to your dad's desk. Go to eat, so I appreciate that he doesn't. All right I'm kind of exaggerating who we got bill on the phone bill. We're talking about your. Suck up friend, or is it? You Idol? Hi, what's going on? when I was in high school, had a hockey coach called me Eddie Haskell beautiful wife and I was always very polite to adult. simply because I was raised with good manners. I was doing kids stuff. So I stole the keys from. We broke into where he kept a spare key to his house. Went into his house and stole the keys to the local hockey rink and make copies. Two or three years, we would break into the hockey rink all summer. All Winter, play hockey, drink beer and hang out of high school. Kids see this is awesome. This is back in the day before security cameras was. Absolutely and it was a rural area so. Do so not only. Did you think you were a kid? You were the kid that broke into his house. Did he ever suspect you bill? He found out later 'cause like ended up giving him to his nephew, a couple years younger than me when I graduated from high school, and then those kids got caught, and they routed me. He found out anything or just. Nothing, he wasn't upset about it. They changed the locks, and then they locked the hockey player, locker or hockey player entrance to the rank. Builder you still just a shifty shady as you were back then. I think I've grown up a little. Thirties now. I? Love it. Thank you bill. Here's a good way I got a text that said I had a friend who is super sweet to my mom, and all the other moms in our friend group then when it was just us guys, he would say how he wants to do our moms. Dude. Your mom is totally so hot. She's into me. And of course the moms all thought he was the nicest young man I hope. He actually wasn't doing our moms. Funny do all right if you got one Texas Acadia. Maybe one five, three, nine, two one I went to the dentist yesterday because I had a little thing inside my mouth, and I was like it was like a little white bump. The wouldn't go away and I was really nervous about it. Because as you guys know occasionally for the last four or five years I do a little lum chewing tobacco Yep. Anymore because Falun gets on you every single time, even though you love that little rush, fallon is like day. spit that out right now, yeah! What are you, my mom, so then yesterday I go to the dentist and I'm like okay. There's a little white lump. Here won't go away. It's got a little bit bigger and my dentist. She so great. She's like she looks like she's twenty four. She prospering thirties, but she's amazing, and she looks at it and she's like now. It's probably just a swollen saliva gland, and that's probably it's pretty common. That's all it is. Is She anything about that shoe I? Didn't bring it up a man. She didn't ask you. If you've been hanging out in more in parks, you lately. Really serious so I. Don't hang out there nearly as often as I used to since the virus exactly. Probably smart all right, so you're office okay? I'm okay, but I I went home yesterday and I think yesterday was my day that after all of this like everybody's got their point where they just kind of not broke, but they just. They had had it like everything from the extra work. We're all doing extra work. We've all got this trash. Where all check in the news has been two months of really go, go go while at the same time. You don't really have anywhere to go. Does that make any sense? Yesterday. I just broke I fell on the couch of lay down the couch yesterday, and I slept for like five hours I could not I could not lapse A. You didn't have a town I. Have Little Temper Tantrums. Temper tantrums, but I just broke I just yesterday. I like all of this at built up and I was out, and I could not get up for whatever reason you feel any better today. Yeah, I feel fine today I. Think for ready for another two and a half months of hell but. I don't know as anybody else gotten to that point where you just had had it. And I think after going to the doctor and just being relieved that everything was okay that it was just like I, just broke Jenny. I don't think that I've gotten to that point, but I did get out and I bike for two and a half hours last night..
"aol" Discussed on Progressive Talk 1350 AM
"To what would become AOL instant messenger or AIM I'll talk about payment more later on in this series of episodes one other super important moment happened around nineteen eighty nine according to the official AOL history that's when the you've got mail alert debuted so if you've ever heard that phrase it comes from AOL and specifically comes from nineteen eighty nine the phrase would become iconic in the early days of the internet it became a bit of a cultural beaver folks would mimic the notification or they would use it as a punchline to a joke later on when people had smart phones that could actually play sound bites that would become some people's message alert system you've got mail the man whose voice says you've got mail for AOL is Elwood Edwards now Edwards's wife who was a customer service representative for quantum computer services had over heard Steve case say he really wish that they could have a voice component to the online service interfaces that the company had something to differentiate their service from other products so she came home and she told her husband Elwood about this and L. wood was a voice over performer as well as a broadcaster he had a history in this kind of thing so he according to the story went into his living room and I got a cassette player which was the thing back in those days and a cassette tape and he recorded himself saying several phrases including welcome in you've got mail and lots of others and they sent it off to Steve case and he got the gig he's obviously done lots of other work like I said he's had a long history of broadcasting but Steve case like that he said this is the tone of the technique we want then they went with that so the phrase would become intrinsically linked with AOL services in those days it was famous enough to become the title of a romantic comedy film in nineteen ninety eight starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan AOL got a lot of mileage out of those phrases as for Ellwood in two thousand sixteen he popped up in online culture after a woman named Brandi Barker uploaded a video of Elwood cheerfully reprise in his famous line he was driving her around because L. wanted sort of retired from broadcasting but was working part time as an uber driver in Ohio that's actually a a sweet little video if you look it up and that's pretty much everywhere online by nineteen ninety one the leadership of quantum computer services felt that the company needed a rebranding to better reflect what it did what its products were so Steve case held a contest internally to rename the company and employees got to vote on the various nominees and the name that won out over all the others was America online and so quantum services on computer services ditched its name for AOL that happened in nineteen ninety one the AOL was not the first on line service provider as I said the first of those came out more or less in nineteen seventy nine these dates are also kind of fuzzy because it really depends upon when you would consider the beginning of the service there were some limited services in nineteen seventy eight when you could call into computers after a certain time because the computers during the day would be used for one purpose but in the evening they could when they would otherwise be idle they could be put to use for this kind of stuff seventy nine was really when things were starting to take effect in one of those early services was compu serv one of these days I'm gonna have to do a full episode just about compu serve another one was called the source now those services may have been what convinced William von Meister to launch control video corporation in the first place in nineteen eighty three he might have thought I want to do the same thing that they're doing with computers but I'm gonna do it for home video game consoles because that market is red hot so compu serve the source were pretty simple dial up services users could connect using a dial up modem to a computer sometimes they might even have to lift the telephone off of its cradle and put it into a special other cradle that's connected to the computer they're using who have used old modems know what I'm talking about the interfaces were text based they were not graphic user interfaces both because computers weren't really capable of displaying complex images and also because they cut down on how much data needed to go across those phone lines and those modems because like I said early bulbs had really limited data transfer capacities you didn't want to transcend big file it would take forever since the early days the basic services were pretty much what you would find if you had been a Q. link user typically you'd have some sort of electronic mail service bulletin boards or forums for discussion news feeds that kind of thing you are limited to communicating again with the people who use the same service you did with some minor exceptions there were some third parties that offered up some cross service communication tools that would work on services that had similar architectures but for the most part you were limited to just your own community you could chat with people used other ones the online service providers might operate a network themselves but that was an internal network that you would connect to they weren't inter connected to other networks like the internet is so at least at first this wasn't about connecting to.
"aol" Discussed on 1075 KZL
"All right AOL sent out something about twenty years ago predicting the dangers of the internet that's next there's something in the way you roll your eyes takes me back to a or the sun everything is good no you're the only thing sure this conversation coming so what do you say this did is that in the long run see you'll stay with me tonight there is so much wrong no one knows and station one of seven by T. C. L. this is interesting so we just put this on YouTube recently about AOL member AOL we saw a well dot com yeah but they.
"aol" Discussed on TechStuff
"And by that, I mean oath so right now, it looks a little grim in the short term for people who work at both Verizon is offering up a voluntary separation program. That's a nice way of saying we need we need some of you guys to leave. We need a lot of you guys to leave and we're offering up a package if you take this package, you're going to get some compensation, you're gonna get some severance pay, and we don't have to have the pain of going through a list, and deciding who we're going to lay off so this is to try and take as many of those people out of the decision making process of hoodoo layoff as possible. But if they don't meet the goal for the number of people who depart they will start laying off employees the estimate right now is that the company expects to shed ten thousand four hundred employees total. This is Oliver is not necessarily just from oath by June two thousand nineteen as for oath specifically. And that filing Verizon said that the company quote has experienced increased competitive and market pressures throughout two thousand eighteen that resulted in lower than expected revenues and earnings. These pressures are expected to continue and have resulted in a loss of market positioning to our competitors in the digital advertising business into quote. So in other words, what sort of saying is, hey, those guys who were in charge earlier, you know, not us. But those other guys who used to lead the company they thought we were going to do way better than what we actually are doing right now. Now, but they weren't able to an -ticipant the market conditions or how well our competitors. We're going to do. But we, you know, the new guys who are in charge. Now, we have to deal with the mess that they left, and we also understand it's going to be really tough over the next few years. That's essentially what the filing says. And it's a warning this that says don't expect us to turn this around overnight. So what is going to happen next for oath or specifically to ALL? That's something of an open question as a record this episode. And maybe by the time you hear it. It will have been answered it may be that Verizon will decide to spin off the company after all because Vesper doesn't really seem all that interested in developing a media company, it's not likely to go away because the companies still does generate revenue it's not like, it's hemorrhaging money left. And right, and it's just not the transformative property that. Verizon was hoping it would be when it made the acquisition. Which again, I think you could argue convincingly would be the full history of AOL Behrens, by the way has an article that cites Wells Fargo analyst, Jennifer Fritz, and she wrote that quote, the hype of oath has been over for some time while we believed in the white board concept of oath, offering a new digital advertiser of choice beyond Google and Facebook, we think this has been an uphill fight for Verizon without a significant amount of scale and content ownership end quote, and that's the story of AOL so far from a startup in the nineteen eighties. The provided a bulletin board like service to Commodore sixty four users all the way up to a cog in an enormous multibillion dollar global corporate machine that's giving off a little smoke at the moment. The upcoming departures and layoffs will likely mean things will continue to change. For folks over at AOL. But hopefully, those who are working in the content side will continue to have gainful employment as someone who creates stuff for the internet podcasts, the occasional article. I feel a lot of empathy for people who work at other companies that go through these big changes, I've gone through changes like that multiple times myself, I've been very fortunate so far, but you can't take that for granted those things can really shake things up, and it's a huge impact on the lives of real people. So I hope it turns out for the best for everybody concern that is the conclusion of the AOL story so far America on line probably has several years left in its history. Sure. Hope it does hope it doesn't just go away. So I'll probably have to do an update a follow up episode at some point in the future. But this was a really fascinating story to look into very complicated from a business. Perspective, but interesting and connected to so many other companies whether directly through mergers and acquisitions or through competition, if you guys have any suggestions for future episodes of tech stuff..
"aol" Discussed on TechStuff
"Better in quote, AOL had also changed in another way, it changed from corporation into a limited liability company. Now, they get into the differences between an LLC and a corporation in the United States is more than a little beyond the scope of tech stuff. But it mostly has to do with how profits and losses are handled. And it also has to do a lot with how accompany is taxed so we're not going to dive into all that. I'm sure most of you don't really care. Honestly, it gets pretty dull pretty fast, but the following year AOL made another big change in moved its headquarters which had been in Dulles Virginia ever since the founding of the company now it was going to move to New York City. It also laid off about two thousand employees or about forty percent of its. Entire workforce. This move was largely to refocus AOL on its advertising business as the dial upside continued to dwindle, though is still generating revenue at that point. This was two thousand seven and and just for reference two thousand seven also when apple introduced the iphone. So the iphone comes out people are still using dial up modems enough for ails division to be profitable. That's not the last humble talk about dial up though, anyway, ails new headquarters were closer to Time Warner's H Q, and it was also much closer to the advertising world in general the advertising world in the United States is almost entirely based out of New York City. So this was putting AOL close to where the advertising businesses thrived AOL also would change CEO's Jonathan Miller who had been leading the company up to that point was replaced by a guy named Randy Falco AOL made some acquisitions many. Of which did not turn out. So well, so for example in two thousand eight A O L acquired a social networking site called Bibo. It's not that well known in the United States, but it was the second largest social network in the UK after Facebook back in two thousand eight Bibo could boast twenty two million unique visitors and they spent an average time of forty minutes a day on the service, which sounds like a pretty attractive bargain. You can go to an advertiser and say I can guarantee you the millions of people are going to look at this for forty minutes every day, and you're going to be able to sell a lot of ads so Ayla would.
"aol" Discussed on TechStuff
"After the dot com crash. However that value dropped to five billion, according to some accounts. Although honestly, most accounts say the value was closer to twenty billion the whether it's five or twenty both of which are enormous numbers. Get don't get me wrong billion as allot that's such a huge drop from two hundred billion by two thousand five the number. According to some sources had climbed a little bit. It was moving in the right direction. Both still. Will a fraction of what AOL had been prior to the merger and the time of the merger. AOL had the higher market capitalization between the two companies, but Time Warner was making way more revenue. So you can look at this as indicative of the whole dot com problem in the first place yet these internet based companies that were valued much much greater than what they could actually pay off in. They their value was greater than they're worth. And that was really the issue that led to the dot com bubble bursting in the first place, the culture clash never settled down between the two companies. They weren't able to find a good equilibrium. The AOL executives felt their traditional media counterparts. Just didn't get how business on the internet worked. They were probably right. But the Time Warner executives saw AOL as wasteful and filled to the brim with hubris. Accompany just was convinced that the way it did things was the right way. And that it was building a business on a product that was clearly on the way out that being dial up service than the Time Warner executives were kinda, right? No one was holy in the wrong hair. Other than the fact that this partnership was holy in a wrong. In fact, by two thousand three just a few years after this merger AOL Time Warner began to drop the AOL part from its name became to just call itself. Time Warner again, keep in mind AOL was the company that technically made the acquisition. It's technically the company that bought Time Warner. But now the collective entity was casually ignoring the online part of its identity in two thousand five AOL and Tele pictures productions a division from Warner Brothers would create TMZ. And if you're not aware of. What that is. Consider yourself fortunate. It's a tabloid news website, that's mainly focused on following celebrities around and publishing everything it can about the celebrities and has been one of the more successful properties to come out of the AL and Time Warner days. So I'm pretty snarky about the whole thing. I don't really like TMZ and the way they do business. However, I cannot deny that it's been a money maker. It has been very successful. Whether I like it or not. So I mean, you know, they they're the ones who became really rich on it. So what do I know and two thousand six America Online officially changed its name to ALL CEO. John Miller said that the reason for this change was that getting America Online would bit that had been the old mission of the company to get America Online. So that's why it called himself America Online. But he said the company did that we've done. On that already. We achieved our goal. So this new name indicates the quote expanded mission to make everyone's online experience.
"aol" Discussed on TechStuff
"Its dial up service was still making money, but it was becoming less important. It was generating less revenue year over year. And that's typically a number you want to see increase not go down and two thousand four the AL unit of the company held what was referred to as a strategic offsite meeting. Now in reality. It was a meeting to talk about what options were open to the company as things were getting, you know, pretty grim. The company was losing customers to broadband companies like Microsoft and Yahoo were presenting challenges to ails curated portal designed to the internet. There is no consensus on the right? Course of action some people like Ted Leonsis who was vice chairman of AOL and Mike Kelly who was the. President of the media networks group advocated that AOL should launch an online portal similar to that of Yahoo though it entail putting the curated AOL content as well as the stuff creeds specifically for AOL up online for free. Joe rip who was another vice-chairman opposed. That idea he said, it would alienate the remaining AOL dial up customers if they learned that other people were just finding the exact same AOL content online for free, whereas they were paying for it on a month to month basis that was going to really upset them. Jonathan Miller who is chief of AOL at that point had everyone take a lunch and on return. He said the company was definitely going to pursue. This portal strategy the once premium content would now be free for users with revenue coming from advertising in two thousand five Steve case would.
"aol" Discussed on TechStuff
"Com. Bubble bursting and be pretty much on track for what about to say. But essentially, you had an intense era of few years in which investors were speculating wildly on the performance of various internet connected businesses. Many of those businesses flush with cash from investors realize that they didn't know how to make any money they failed to become profitable. Some of them failed to even develop a coherent business plan companies achieved a market value that didn't reflect their real value. And eventually there was a reckoning the house of cards grew too heavy, and it crumbled as investors lost confidence that they would ever see long term returns. And they began to try and retrieve their investments in pull out of the market. This led to an overall economic recession and AOL Time Warner was hit just like everyone else, then they lost a whole lot of value because of it in the wake of that economic stumble AOL had to write off forty five point five billion dollars in the fourth quarter of two thousand and two and that led to the loss of another forty four point nine billion dollars in all it was a nearly ninety nine billion dollar loss. When the dust had settled Steve case stepped down as chairman of the board, though, he remained a member of the board of directors. Ted Turner who had founded Turner Broadcasting resigned as vice chairman of the board one big development that people at AOL and Time Warner perhaps should have realized before talking about a merger was the. General trend toward broadband service. Because ALL was a dial up service. You would connect your phone to a modem and your modem connected to your computer, and you would actually dial up to connect to AOL servers. Well, broadband was slowly gaining traction. And this would allow an always on connection. You wouldn't have to dial up. You just would turn on your computer. And then away you go like most technologies. However, it was really expensive when it debuted. In fact, prohibitively expensive for most people, and it was also very limited in its accessibility. Not very many people had access to it. But as years went by and more companies invested in building out the infrastructure. The accessibility improved prices began to come down the number of households in the United States with broadband connections jumped fifty percent from two thousand to two thousand one that is it increased by fifty percent. That's great growth, but it doesn't necessarily tell you anything about numbers because if you have four customers in two thousand and six customers in two thousand one that's an increase of fifty percent. But by two thousand. Three the FCC estimated that just under forty percent of American households were subscribed to broadband services and ails main business was quickly changing..
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"But one designed by a leader in the space for some people halo meant the internet. That was what they thought of it some people called AOL internet for dummies. But a lot of people just thought AOL, that's how you get on the internet. So on the surface, all of the seemed incredibly attractive other companies were worried that this merger was going to mean, there is going to be a new giant media company and soon it was going to become a monopoly, and it would either run you out of business or it was going to gobble. Oh, you up and acquire you. That's something that love folks are saying right now about Disney not to mention some other pretty big companies like AT and T, but this all came from a high level conceptual mindset when it came to actually bringing the two major companies together things fell apart pretty quickly. The corporate cultures were drastically different. Time Warner executives saw AOL executives as being impetuous, brash and arrogant, AOL executives viewed their Time Warner counterparts as being stuffy and conservative and risk averse to the point of complacency and this mismatch in perspectives meant there were very few instances of people actually working together across company lines. They were frequently feeling like they were at cross purposes working against each other making things even worse was the general economy now as I said the deal. Happened before the dot com, bubble burst. But then that bubble did burst. And I've talked about the dot com. Bubble so many times, and I'm sure some of you probably could pause the podcast right now and give an overview in my voice about the dot.
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"So your family always comes back to a well lit home. And one of the wonderful things about Caserta is that it's not like other smart lighting systems. You might think you have to replace all the light bulbs in your house. And that's not the case Caserta by lutron makes regular bulbs smart by replacing the switch not the bulb. And here's why that's great. The average home has about forty five light bulbs, but only about twenty switches, so it's not nearly so much work. And it's not as expensive either. All you need is a screwdriver and about fifteen minutes. Now, I've done this in my house. I've replaced a switch. It was way easier than I even -ticipant it'd and before I knew it. I had the smart light. System working in my house. So get smart lighting, the smart way with Caserta by lutron searched for Caserta, that's C A S E A Caserta by lutron. Welcome home to peace of mind. In November nineteen ninety eight AOL announced it was buying Netscape Communications corporation, which was the company that created the Netscape Navigator web browser. Netscape Navigator is a fascinating story all on its own and I'll have to do a full birth to death episode on it in the future. But here's some highpoints market-driven who while it college had worked on an early web browser called NC SA mosaic saw the potential and a web browser for the average person. He partnered with Jim Clark of Silicon Graphics to start a new company ultimately called Netscape Communications corporation and bring this vision to life. The first version of this browser was called mosaic, but after some threats of legal unpleasantness, they would change it to Netscape Navigator. Now this all started in nineteen ninety four by nineteen ninety five it had become the dominant web. Browser largely because there wasn't very much competition. If I'm being totally honest Netscape became a publicly traded company in nineteen ninety five and had a company valuation of almost three billion dollars of very early startup unicorn by ninety nineteen Ninety-six things were different because Microsoft started to really go after the web browser market with its own web browser Internet Explorer, then there's all the different stuff about Microsoft, incorporating, Internet, Explorer into windows, and and then also downplaying the ability to use other browsers on windows based machines, we won't get into all that. But in ninety eight Netscape announced it would release the source code that the company had used to build Netscape communicator, which was a suite of programs beyond just the web browser. This. Intern would become the action that would bring Mozilla into being and Mozilla would have inch. Produce the fire FOX web browser who by the time AOL announced intention of acquiring Netscape, Internet Explorer had already caught up and taken the lead in the web browser market share. But it wasn't like Netscape was down for the count. It had been the dominant player. It was now number two. There was every reason to think the company could come back with a new version of its browser and went back some folks, so go back and forth between Netscape and Internet Explorer. So it was definitely still an attractive company when AOL made its proposal which was for four point two billion dollars a princely sum. This deal would end up being a not so good one for either party, though, it's not the very bad deal that I referred to in the episode title. Anyone who has been through a merger or an acquisition knows? There's always an adjustment as different departments hash things out cultures attempt..
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"And then got wildly popular now might as well stick with aimed for right now before getting back to AOL at large ale would go onto by miraculous, which operated the icy cute chat app. Aim would power apples. I I chat app, although that would change in later versions of idiot and Microsoft in an effort to take some of the steam out of AOL's engine built a version of MSN messenger. That could communicate with aim users. So you could use MSN messenger and send chats to people who are using aim, and they can talk back to you. This actually made the aim team, really? Angry because it meant that people would be able to communicate with aim users without actually downloading aim themselves. And so began a back and forth war in which AOL would block Microsoft's chat app and Microsoft would engineer new version of MSN messenger. That would get around this block, and that happened more than twenty times back and forth until the AL team sent a threat to Microsoft. They essentially said if you insist on making the MS N messenger app compatible with aim we will use that connection to infect your servers. With malware the threat convinced Microsoft back down also. Yikes. That's like some sort of nerd gangster stuff right there. This is a nice computer database. He gut he it'd be a real shame of someone. I don't know infected with viruses. Apologize for the terrible. Accent aim always existed a little outside of ALL because it was a standalone app that wasn't in the walled garden of the AOL experience. It was seen by AOL executives as being a bit risky over on the AOL side, the company could curate the customer experience the stuff that they would see before they would connect to the internet at large was completely under the control of the company. So they could censor it. They can make sure that there was no objectionable material showing up in front of people. Right. They would just make sure that it was all company approved content, but aim was outside of this garden, and you couldn't control what other users might say or share and kept in adding features like file sharing voice support stuff. Like that. Many of them would be copied into later, tools like Skype, but over time and began to lose influence other tools were. Coming up. Some would allow users to communicate through multiple chat services using a single client. Some were connected to the blossoming social networking sites. And that was where LA the chat was moving to aim became less relevant over the years starting in two thousand and two AOL began to scale back the aim team this happened each year from two thousand to two thousand five then in two thousand twelve the only team members who were kept on were support staff who just made sure that the service wasn't going to collapse on it self by then aim had less than one percent of the market share of customers.
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"And so it was user overload that caused the problem if that's the case, it's a great problem to have because it's better to have to scramble to meet demand than to have to hustle to get enough customers to scrape by you want the problem of having more demand than you have supply Kinsey had stepped down in nineteen ninety five in ninety six Mark Saraf. The other co founder would resign. His position of senior vice president with the company and leave to go do other stuff which meant that out of the three co founders only Steve case remained, although to be fair Kinsey was on the board of directors for a little bit in nineteen Ninety-seven bolstered by grown. Customer base and a solid performance in the stock market AOL began to stretch out a bit it made a move on one of its major competitors. A company that had been around much longer than a oil had it moved to acquire. Compuserve. The two companies had been competing fiercely over customers for years, sometimes one would offer special deals to lure people away from the other service than the other service would do the same and it went back and forth year over year over year between the two companies ael L had the larger number of customers by far by nineteen Ninety-Eight, which is when this acquisition would become final AOL hat around eleven million subscribers and CompuServe was closer to two and a half million. The acquisition was a little bit on the long and winding side. In other words, it got complicated. So let's explain because it's one of those fascinating corporate maneuvers that as a. A person who loves tech and has a history in liberal arts education. This was new to me so before the acquisition. Compuserve was part of ancient are block. The the tax preparation company agent are block purchased. Compuserve back in nineteen eighty for like twenty million dollars by nineteen Ninety-seven agent. Our block was going through some major changes at the executive level. They were having real issues, which is a fascinating story in itself. And I can't really tell it on tech stuff because it doesn't really tie into tech. But maybe I'll tell it on the brink one day because I think it's a fascinating story. Anyway, they were going through some stuff, it got complicated Facebook style. And so the board of directors for h R Block decided one of the things the company needed to do in order to streamline stuff was divest itself of CompuServe. ALL expressed interest right away saying we would very much like to take that off your hands, and we'll make an offer and they offered to purchase the company with shares of AOL stock, but the board rejected this offer. They didn't feel that AOL stock was valuable enough for this to make sense, they prefer to either have stocks that were more stable more established. I guess is a good way of putting it than AOL or they wanted to do it in cash Ehlo do it at cash, but then a third company came into the picture. The third company was WorldCom, which is another company. I'm going to have to cover at some future point WorldCom had an offer for both agent are block and ALL WorldCom offered to by CompuServe from HR in exchange. Worldcom would give up some of its stock that stock was seen as being more stable. Title and more valuable than AOL stock and agent are thought will we can turn that around and sell it right away and get the money we want. So the age NAR block board agreed to that term. And CompuServe was sold to WorldCom for one point two billion dollars worth of WorldCom shares which h and R Block then sold the very next day after this exchange between world combination are WorldCom sold part of CompuServe to ALL specifically, it's sold. The information services part of CompuServe, and it retained CompuServe's network services business because that's the business that WorldCom is in is in network technologies. In addition ALL sold to WorldCom its own advanced network.
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"But in thirty one states, it's still legal to discriminate against LGBT Americans. Simply because of who they are get the facts at beyond I do dot org. Now, the internet as a thing that the general public could readily access has been around for nearly thirty years, but before that it was a network that only a relatively small number of people knew about let alone had access to if you were on the internet before let's say nine hundred ninety you were likely a college student and most likely if you're a college student on the internet, you were probably enrolled in at least one computer science class and employees at a research facility might have access to the internet people in the military had access to the internet. They also had access to mill net the military specific network that is built on the same architecture. So there were a few ways that you might have access to the internet, but just a few. It was just it was not readily accessible to the average person. Then you had these online service providers go beyond their own internal networks to connect. To the network of networks. The reaction was not overwhelmingly positive on for the people who are already on the internet. That is veterans online were greeted by a flood of new users who had no inkling of how things would work on the internet. They hadn't been part of the culture that had been forming. They didn't know the lingo there were noobs in other words, and the veterans weren't necessarily kind to the noobs they resented this. Flood of the uninformed who are way worse than the annual introduction of college. Freshman those were bad enough. These people were even worse there was a bit of an online culture war. But then again, while I call this a culture war, you have to remember at most this affected may be a million and a half two million people AOL didn't even have two hundred thousand subscribers yet. So most of the mainstream world had not dipped to toe in the internet and viewed the whole thing as a big fuss with computer nerds. And I guess it mostly was. But a oh well was trying to expand beyond that narrow niche of computer enthusiasts. They were trying to encourage adoption of this. And do it the company took on a new marketing strategy that became about as famous as the you've got mail line AOL began to produce CD's compact, discs that could install the AOL interface onto a computer, then they began to send those CD's out. They put them in magazines, and they would mail them directly to home addresses. And it got a little out of hand anyone who owned a computer and some people who didn't begin to accumulate collections of AOL compact discs. There were jokes about using them as Christmas decorations or coasters or frisbees. They were everywhere the strategy was pervasive. It was annoying, and it was affective in nineteen ninety-five Jim Kimsey retired as CEO he. Stayed on board as the chairman of the board for AOL for a couple more years. Steve case became the news CEO he had proven his worth numerous times by positioning the company's services in a way that appealed to the end user one of the big differentiator is in the AL service compared to competitors like prodigy and CompuServe is that AOL's focus was on the ability to create communities online that tied back to that book. I talked about earlier the one that inspired case when he was in.
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"Around nineteen eighty nine the company launched its first instant messaging service a precursor to what would become AOL instant messenger or aim. I'll talk about aim more later on in this series of episodes. One other super important moment happened around nineteen eighty nine according to the official AOL history. That's when the you've got mail alert debuted. So if you've ever heard that phrase, it comes from ael L, and specifically comes from nineteen eighty nine the phrase would become icon IQ in the early days of the internet. It became a bit of a cultural Meam folks would mimic the notification or they would use it as a punchline to a joke later on when people had smartphones that could actually play soundbites that would become some people's message. Hurts system you've got mail. The man whose voice says you've got mail for AOL is Elwood Edwards. Now Edwards is wife. Who was a customer service Representative for quantum computer services had overheard. Steve case say he really wished that. They could have a voice component to the online service interfaces that the company had something to differentiate their service from other products. So she came home, and she told her husband Elwood about this and Elwood was a voice over a performer as well. As a broadcaster. He had a history in this kind of thing. So he according to the story went into his living room and got a cassette player, which was a thing back in those days and a cassette tape and he recorded himself saying several phrases, including welcome, and you've got mail and lots of others, and they send it off to Steve case. And he got the gig. He's obviously done lots of other work. Like, I said he's had a long history in broadcasting. But Steve case liked it. He said this is the tone the technique we want then they went with it. So the phrase would become intrinsically linked with AOL services in those days. It was famous enough to become the title of a romantic comedy film in nineteen ninety eight starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan AOL. Got a lot of mileage out of those phrases as Elwood in two thousand sixteen he popped up in online culture after a woman named brandy Barker uploaded, a video of Elwood cheerfully reprising his famous line. He was driving her around because Elwood had sort of retired from broadcasting, but was working part time as an Uber driver in Ohio. That's actually a sweet little video. If you look it up, and that's pretty much everywhere. Online by nineteen ninety one the leadership of quantum computer services felt that the company. Needed a rebranding to better reflect what it did what its products were. So Steve case held a contest internally to rename the company and employs got to vote on the various nominees and the name that won out over all the others was America Online and so quantum services. Quantum computer services ditched its name for AOL that happened in nineteen Ninety-one. Now AOL was not the first online service provider as I said, the first of those came out more or less in nineteen seventy nine these dates are also kind of fuzzy because it really depends upon when you would consider the beginning of the service. There was some limited services in nineteen seventy eight when you could call into computers after a certain time because the computers during the day would be used for one purpose. But in the evening, they could when they would otherwise be idle they could be put to use for this kind of stuff. Seventy nine was really when things were starting to take. Effect and one of those early services was CompuServe one of these days, I'm going to have to do a full episode just about CompuServe. Another one was called the source..