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Apr 28th 2016

NewFronts 2016 is Coming

AOL is throwing the spring's biggest party in New York City on May 3 and trust us: you do not want to miss it. Lucky for you, even if you aren't a big wig at an ad agency, you can join in the fun. Curious? Keep reading to find out more.

What is NewFronts?
If you're a big TV fan, you may have heard about the "upfronts." The upfronts are when the networks make big announcements about their next season of programming to try and sell advertising ahead of the shows' premieres. (In other words, they want the advertisers to pay for the ads "up front.")

Of course, nowadays TV networks aren't the only folks making original programming. So in 2012, AOL, DigitasLBi, Google/YouTube, Hulu, Microsoft and Yahoo created the Digital Content NewFronts as a way to connect content creators with brands and marketing agencies.

AOL's NewFront Presentation
This year, AOL is going beyond the traditional presentation format to showcase the things that truly make us stand out in the industry: mobile, video, open, and live: with an enormous block-party installation in New York's South Street Seaport. We'll stream the whole thing live on AOL.com. Join the party on Tuesday, May 3 at 6:45PM. It's going to be awesome.

Apr 28th 2016

Take A Child in Need to Work

AOL is committed to developing the next generation of builders and innovators, and this year we will host over 1,400 children across 20 offices for Take Your Child to Work Day, on Thursday, April 28. However, Take Your Child to Work Day isn't just for those with kids. President Barack Obama has asked employers to welcome students who would otherwise not have the opportunity to participate for any reason.

In partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters, we're opening our doors to these students and giving AOLers the opportunity to mentor them for all or part of the day.

Thanks to the leadership of AOLers in three offices, NYC, Dulles and Ashburn, we are working with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program to host 50 high school youth from underserved communities. Kids will be matched based on interest so they have a meaningful experience.

This year, an estimated 37 million employees at over 3.5 million companies will participate in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. If just a small portion of these employers also had programs for the youth in their communities, it could generate hands-on, career exploration experiences for many young people throughout the country. Work-based learning experiences help young people to better understand the connection between what they learn in the classroom and future careers.

To follow the fun and educational activities we have planned at the AOL offices, follow @AOL_Inc on Twitter and Instagram on Thursday, April 28th.

Mar 2nd 2016

Virtual Reality Insanity

Remember when cellphones were brand new? When they were big and expensive and seemed like a cool thing that you'd like to have... one day?

That's what virtual reality is like right now.

While it may seem like a novelty in 2016, VR is growing fast. In fact, consumer spending on VR hardware and software could reach $21.8 billion by 2020, according to one report. "It's a major new emerging content type," says AOL CTO Bill Pence. "It has the potential to be the next big thing in content and engagement for our users, and will be an attractive environment for advertisers as well."

To showcase the innovative work that AOL and Verizon are doing to prepare for this virtual future, AOL will host a Virtual Reality Day in our New York City headquarters on Thursday, March 3rd. The invite-only portion of the day will feature internal and external speakers discussing content creation, content distribution and technology.

Virtual Reality Day will open to the public from 4:30PM - 7:00PM, as AOL will be hosting a VR startup Demo Fair. Enthusiastic entrepreneurs will show off their technology and allow visitors to try the products out for themselves.

Starting at 5PM EST, Bill Pence will moderate a BUILD_tech panel on the future of virtual reality. Bill will be joined by:

This panel will be live-streamed on aol.com/build beginning at 5PM EST on Thursday, March 3, 2016.

If you're in New York and would like to attend, register here. If you can't join us in person, you can still see pictures from the event by following @AOL_Inc on Twitter and Instagram, and looking for the hashtag #VirtuAOL.

And if you're interested in joining our team as we innovate for the future, visit our Engineering Careers page.

Feb 8th 2016

AOL Releases Transparency Report for the Second Half of 2015

As has been our practice, AOL is continuing to publish the number of demands for data we have received from government authorities.[1] The first table below includes information on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act ("FISA") orders that AOL has received for non-content and content information.[2] The second table provides information on the National Security Letters ("NSLs") that AOL has received. The third table provides information on the legal demands that AOL has received from federal, state, and local authorities in criminal investigations (outside of the national security context)[3]. It is important to note that AOL vigorously contests on behalf of our users any demands that we believe are ambiguous or legally defective.

As with our previous transparency reports, the tables below indicate that demands for user data impact less than one hundredth of one percent of AOL accounts. In addition, the number of accounts may not equal the number of individuals impacted, as users may have multiple accounts that are the subject of such demands.

[1] This report relates to AOL only. Verizon, which acquired AOL earlier this summer, has issued a separate transparency report.
[2] The U.S. government imposes a six-month delay for reporting Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act ("FISA") orders. Accordingly, this report reflects FISA orders only through June 2015.
[3] AOL has not received any demands from foreign authorities.

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