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The Verizon-AOL deal: Is this 'the year everything happens'?

AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong, center, applauds during opening bell ceremonies of the New York Stock Exchange in this file photo. Verizon on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 announced it is buying AOL for about $4.4 billion, advancing the telecom's push in both mobile and advertising fields. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)A few days before Verizon agreed to buy AOL … Read More
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Career Beat: Vox Media gets new marketing vice president

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community: Jonathan Hunt will be global vice president for marketing and partnerships at Vox Media. Previously, he was global marketing director at Vice. (Adweek) Kimberly Pierceall is now a gambling industry reporter for the Associated Press. Previously, she covered Irvine, California for the Orange County Register. (AP) Ellen … Read More
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How AOL maintains editorial independence in Ford-sponsored 'This Built America' series

When an AOL team with an editorial vision joined a video production team with an artistic vision to launch an ambitious 50-week series about people and companies rebuilding America, it was clear they needed a brand to help fund it. They found a top-dollar one in Ford Trucks. But despite the sponsorship (worth just under $10 million, Ad Age reports), "This Built America" is journalism through and through, said AOL's Fara Warner, the project's editorial director. Read More
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Tim Armstrong: AOL will keep 'meaningful minority interest' in Patch

AOL | Business Insider AOL announced Wednesday that it has given up its majority ownership of Patch. In an email to staffers, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong said the new majority owner, a company called Hale Global, will be responsible for Patch's "pivot." That means the network of sites "isn't AOL CEO Tim Armstrong's problem anymore," Nicholas Carlson writes. Patch employees will have a call this afternoon to discuss what this all means. In an email to Patch folks, Patch CEO Bud Rosenthal said anyone who has questions should "please feel free to speak to your HR representative anytime." Full memo: Read More
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AOL's CEO still believes in Patch

"The long-term vision was clear: If you get the consumer, can you get the revenue? And we have a whole bunch of Patches where the answer is yes." Read More
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