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December 28, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Paul Allen tries again with suit against Apple, Google, Facebook …

Mercer Island billionaire Paul Allen today renewed his effort to sue Apple, Google, Facebook, eBay, AOL and other companies for patent infringement. Allen’s case was rejected on Dec. 10 by a federal judge in Seattle who said it was too vague. U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman told Allen he had until Dec. 28 to file…

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December 1, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Cozi cozies up AOL, Intel, Working Mother

The Cozi family is getting bigger. The Seattle company today announced that AOL and Working Mother will use its family calendar and communication platform, which should boost the site’s usage beyond its current 3 million members. Cozi helped AOL’s MyDaily.com create the “MyDaily Family Organizer.” With Working Mother, it built a “Family Control Center” that connects…

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September 28, 2010 at 10:35 AM

AOL buys TechCrunch, for millions

AOL today confirmed that it’s buying TechCrunch, the San Francisco-based tech blog and event producer. The deal is part of AOL’s push to grow its stature as one of the country’s major online media outlets. Its portfolio already has several high-traffic tech blogs, including Engadget.com and TUAW, the unofficial Apple weblog. (Remember when people used to think…

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June 3, 2010 at 11:12 AM

D8: AOL boss on local push, chasing clicks and Bebo

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. — AOL was overly focused on a few metrics — gross revenue and page views — according to Tim Armstrong, who left Google to become AOL’s chief executive last year. Now the venerable portal is remaking itself, in part by developing a sort of digital newspaper with local coverage and ad sales…

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June 2, 2010 at 2:07 PM

D8: AOL should have bought Apple, put Jobs in charge, Case says

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. — Another interesting bit of tech history that surfaced at the D8 conference: AOL co-founder Steve Case said his company considered buying Apple and putting Steve Jobs in charge, to help sort out its troubled merger with Time Warner. At the time Apple’s market value was only about $1 billion. It was during…

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