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Tomorrow’s Internet: More Than More of the Same

I dream of an Internet where my email address is the same as my Skype ID, my Jabber name, my Facebook ID and my telephone number.

Mac vs. Windows

Walt answers a reader’s question on the pros and cons of a Mac for a small-business owner.

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In AOL's Shopping Spree, One More Thing: Thing Labs

AOL had best take a breather before its checkbook overheats and seizes up. On top of today’s confirmation of the acquisitions of the TechCrunch blog empire and video distribution start-up 5Min Media, AOL announced it had purchased Thing Labs, maker of the Brizzly family of Web-based social software. The Thing Labs team, headed by Google and Blogger vet Jason Shellen, will continue to oversee Brizzly and the integration of some of its features into AIM and AOL Lifestream. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Let's Go to the Videotape: SB Nation's Jim Bankoff Speaks!

While in Washington, D.C., recently, I paid a visit to Jim Bankoff, who is now helming a fascinating start-up called SB Nation, a fast-growing sports blog and news platform. With over 200 individual communities, it’s a mix of professional and user-generated content aimed at engaging passionate fans.

With Video Chatting, It’s a Small World After All

Video chatting, helpful as it may be for keeping in touch, can be intimidating. Katie goes into the basics.

The Bids Are In for AOL's Sale of ICQ–It's Down to a "U.N." of Four Buyers

AOL has taken another step closer to selling off its ICQ instant messaging service, culling seven bids to four “serious” ones, said sources close to the situation. The price for the service is hovering just under $200 million, several sources said, with one bid 15 to 20 percent higher. Sources said that the solicitation of bids is now over, with the four remaining described by one source as a “U.N. of buyers.”

Tim Armstrong Makes One Last Pitch for AOL: “No More Hail Marys”

AOL is about to cut ties to Time Warner, and CEO Tim Armstrong has been making his case to current and potential investors. Here’s one last pitch, delivered to the crowd at the annual UBS Media and Communications Conference in New York.

Exclusive: AOL Hires Bankers to Sell Off ICQ, as Internet Service Starts to Shed Non-Core Assets

AOL has hired a pair of New York investment bankers, Morgan Stanley and Allen & Co., to manage the sale of its ICQ instant-messaging unit. Sources familiar with the situation said interest in buying the asset from two major non-U.S. companies prompted execs at the online service to put a process in place for a deal that will likely occur after AOL becomes an independent company in December. AOL bought ICQ in 1998 for about $400 million–$287 million outright and $125 million in earnouts for the team. Sources said AOL to looking to recoup $300 million.

AOL Socializes Even More With New Lifestream