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Apple, Microsoft, Google and other tech rivals urge Obama, Congress to curb snooping

While they’re usually fierce competitors, an octet of leading technology companies have banded together to ask the U.S. to take the lead when it comes to ending government surveillance. AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo have written an open letter addressed to President Barack Obama and members of Congress, asking for significant reforms when it… Read More

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Xbox Live adds AOL, Vimeo short-form video apps

In yet another example of the Xbox 360 turning into an entertainment hub, Xbox Live today added content from video providers AOL and Vimeo. Vimeo, a video-sharing website similar to YouTube, debuted its app today and allows for Xbox Live Gold members to watch Vimeo content on their Xbox. The app mirrors Vimeo’s mobile and… Read More

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Facebook to pay Microsoft $550M for hundreds of former AOL patents

Facebook will pay Microsoft $550 million in cash to buy a portion of the AOL patent portfolio that Microsoft recently agreed to acquire. Two weeks ago Microsoft agreed to pay AOL more than $1 billion for the broader portfolio — reportedly outbidding Facebook in that original auction. However, Facebook and Microsoft are partners, with Microsoft owning… Read More

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Microsoft, AOL and Yahoo to cooperate on display ads

Microsoft, AOL and Yahoo this afternoon announced a deal to sell display advertising inventory on each other’s sites. The unusual collaboration between the web giants will “dramatically improve the process of buying and selling premium online display inventory,” giving advertisers the ability to reach larger audiences more efficiently, the companies promise in a joint news… Read More

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Zillow inks deal to bring mortgage marketplace to AOL

Zillow announced a deal today to bring its mortgage marketplace offering to AOL Real Estate and Daily Finance, marking the first time that the two companies have partnered. The new service, which will debut next year, will allow homeowners and home shoppers to research, shop for and compare mortgages. “AOL Real Estate has many thousands of users… Read More

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Report: Microsoft, AOL and Yahoo to cooperate on ads

Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL plan to work together to allow their respective sales forces to sell leftover online advertising inventory on each other’s sites, teaming up in an attempt to compete more effectively with Google, reports AllThingsD.com’s Peter Kafka this morning. Microsoft and Yahoo already partner on search technology and search advertising, but this would… Read More