AOL’s Armstrong Issues Apology for Firing Patch Employee Lenz

aol chief tim armstrongAOL chief executive Tim Armstrong apologized to his entire staff for firing an employee in public. He sent out a letter to the employees, which was obtained by a leading newspaper. In this letter, the executive “I am writing you to acknowledge the mistake I made last Friday during the Patch all-hands meeting when I publicly fired Abel Lenz. It was an emotional response at the start of a difficult discussion dealing with many people’s careers and livelihoods.”

He was speaking to employees regarding one of AOL’s news services Patch and preparing them for the imminent troubles and layoffs facing the company. He is heard to have reprimanded Abel Lenz, Patch’s creative director and told him “you’re fired”. This entire event has been recorded and circulated in the media 

The company is expected to announce their layoffs some time this week.… Read the rest

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AOL is back in the E-mail Game with Alto

Most of us internet users may not have lived through the AOL era, back when it was considered one of the most ultimate things to ever happen on the internet. And then came along Yahoo!, Google, the cloud, and a host of other trends over the internet. But now, with its recently revamped e-mail service, Alto, AOL may finally be ready to hit back at its competitors with a real winner of a product.

Designed to make the e-mail experience far more manageable, Alto does something that Gmail, Yahoo, and iCloud is unable to offer to its customers – a clean design that cleverly organizes your mails and separates the junk from the important stuff. The Alto HTML5 is essentially a web app, now in its beta phase and available only via invite, and it helps users organize their inboxes in an efficient manner, on the basis of importance of e-mails.

Using Alto, you can check all your e-mail from multiple accounts like Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, and iCloud – all in a single web-based client. The right side of the page has “stacks” or dynamic folders into which you can organize your e-mails. You can even set automatic rules for some mails to skip the inbox and land up directly into the stacks. The best thing about the Alto interface is how it organizes your photos and other attachments into a neat, easy to view manner, so you never have to hunt through your hundreds of mails to look for a particular file.… Read the rest

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