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Jul 14th 2014

Julie Jacobs Named in Profile Magazine's "Top General Counsel of 2014"

We're thrilled to announce that AOL's General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Julie Jacobs was featured in Profile Magazine's 2014 Top General Counsel Issue. Responsible for all legal, regulatory, compliance and public policy matters for AOL, Julie also oversees AOL's Corporate Services function.

Each year, Profile Magazine showcases those who are raising the bar for in-house counsel. This year's picks know how to be true partners to the business. They are risk mitigators, voices of reason, and sounding boards for the CEO. The piece focused on Julie's assistance spearheading the growth of AOL, citing her as "the catalyst for one of the most lucrative deals that set the comeback company on a path to make history."

You can read the full article here.

Jul 11th 2014

Ran Harnevo Featured in eMarketer Digital Video Streaming Report

Digital video is more exciting now than ever before. In the last few years, streaming has come into its own, bringing a unique ecosystem with it. Between an evolving content landscape, the challenge of curating and maintaining audiences, and a deluge in new devices on which to stream content, there are significant opportunities available for content creators, distributors, and consumers alike.

With the increased influence of mobile devices and connected TVs in today's market, the industry has been forced to expand in order to accommodate the growing demand for ubiquitous entertainment across all digital platforms.

"We're getting to a point where being screen-agnostic is the only way to approach consumers because they watch more videos on every platform," Ran Harnevo told eMarketer in an interview for their Digital Video Streaming Report. "At the same time, when it comes to creating video, length and format are highly influenced by the distribution method at hand."

"There's an appetite for all lengths of content. Usually, time spent is dictated by screen size," continued Harnevo. "The smaller the screen, the smaller the attention span. If you go with connected TVs, play with longer forms. With mobile, be short."

Visit eMarketer to sign up and access the report.

Jul 11th 2014

The Missing Page To The Most Powerful Women Engineers In The World

Kicking-off the week, Business Insider published a great, forward-leaning piece outlining 22 of the most powerful women engineers in the world. At AOL, we've known all along that women in tech are an impressive and powerful constituency, and applaud BI for highlighting those who often fall under the radar.

In the spirit of celebrating women tech leaders, we think BI's headline meant to say: "Top 27 of the Most Powerful Women Engineers in the World." Luckily, just ahead of the weekend, we've located the last page of the article. Meet five bright and powerful women engineers from AOL.

No. 23: AOL, Yumei Tung

Job Title: Chief Architect

Team: AOL Advertising Technologies

Location: Dulles, VA

Why she's powerful: Yumei currently leads the team that designed and developed several tools critical to monetizing advertising revenue. Using her team's proprietary Stream Analysis Framework (SAF), which shortens the processing loop for data integration and analysis, she led the team that designed systems like real-time ad log impression/click/conversion, real-time predictive segments and real-time advertising reporting. Yumei believes that a curious mind -- coupled with the desire to take on challenges and constantly learn -- is critical to succeed in the industry.

No. 24: AOL, Christa Stelzmuller

Job Title: Chief Data Architect

Team: Gravity

Location: Santa Monica, CA

Why she's powerful: Christa brings nearly twenty years of experience to the field of Big Data. She began her career in startups -- one of which was acquired and integrated into Yahoo -- and built content integration systems from the ground up. She co-invented an enhanced text-matching method in which she holds a patent, and has a patent pending for her work on music playlist recommendations.

Christa went on to become Chief Data Architect at MySpace during its peak years of traffic, where she oversaw the data architecture of the storage systems and drove the development of a high-volume messaging system that brought transactional integrity to disparate data stores. She currently works at Gravity, architecting and managing the petabytes of data that flow from Gravity's recommendations systems.

No. 25: AOL, Jade Chu

Job Title: Technology Director of Infrastructure Development

Team: AOL Infrastructure Development

Location: Dulles, VA

Why she's powerful: Jade is responsible for crystallizing the application of AOL's internal cloud. After working as a software engineer for an ad serving and advertising campaign management application, and then a small government contracting shop, she realized she preferred the fast-paced Internet environment.

What inspired Jade to enter the industry? After her mother, originally from Taiwan, traveled to the U.S. to obtain a masters in computer science, Jade says "Mom showed me that a woman can be a needed, valued and highly recruited resource in technology."

No. 26: AOL, Jing Wang


Job Title: Senior Principal Software Engineer

Team: AOL Platforms

Location: Palo Alto, CA

Why she's powerful: Jing is the technical lead on AOL's Predictive Segments and Real-time Predictive Segments on the R&D team in Palo Alto. Under her technical leadership, Predictive Segments continues to be a growing success. Jing leads a team of highly trained and highly technical engineers who require only a top notch tech lead to have maximum impact.

Jing has been with AOL for almost 7 years – starting out as an individual contributor developing data mining and machine learning programs to architecture and subsequently, engineering lead.

No. 27: AOL, Miria Grunick

Job Title: Technology Manager, Search & Geocoding

Team: MapQuest

Location: New York City

Why she's powerful: Miria oversees the technical decisions made for the back-end systems and interfaces with business and product to ensure that products meet the specifications. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in computer science part time at NYU.

In addition to school and work, Miria belongs to NYC Resistor, a "hackerspace" in New York City and creates things on the Arduino platform, like heart-rate responsive running jackets and programmable children's toys that can evolve as the child grows older.

Jul 10th 2014

AOL Original "Park Bench With Steve Buscemi" Nominated for Primetime Emmy® Award

Nominations for the 66th annual Emmy Awards were announced earlier today, and we're excited to say that AOL Original series "Park Bench" is in the running for Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction Program! The show, produced by Olive Productions and RadicalMedia, stars acclaimed actor Steve Buscemi, whose performances in TV series "Boardwalk Empire" and "The Sopranos" have earned him multiple nominations in past Emmy Awards.

AOL unveiled Park Bench during the Digital Content Newfront presentation in April along with 2014 original programming slate, and the show debuted in mid-May.

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