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Oct 28th 2014

AOL Releases Transparency Report & Urges Passage of the USA Freedom Act

This past Sunday, October 26, 2014, marked the 13th anniversary of the signing of the USA Patriot Act. This important date reminds us all that significant surveillance reform legislation still remains to be passed by Congress. AOL is committed to the goals of promoting transparency, ending the bulk collection of internet metadata, and improving oversight and accountability of government surveillance programs. The USA Freedom Act takes important steps towards all of these goals. To that end, we urge Congress to enact meaningful reform, and wholeheartedly support the passage of the USA Freedom Act.

In commemoration of this anniversary, and in furtherance of our commitment to our users to provide as much information as possible about the demands for user information AOL receives from governments and law enforcement, AOL is releasing its transparency report for the first half of 2014.

The following tables detail the number of demands for data we have received from government authorities. The first table includes information on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act ("FISA") orders that AOL has received for non-content and content information. 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). 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.

AOL is a strong advocate for meaningful reform on these issues, as reflected in the principles we announced together with other technology companies in December 2013, and we will continue to push the Administration and Congress to enact reforms that will ensure the privacy and security of our users.

Oct 21st 2014

Third Film in AOL MAKERS Series Premiers - MAKERS: Women in War

The fourth film in the new MAKERS series, MAKERS: Women in War will premiere on Tuesday, October 21 at 9pm ET/PT on PBS. This film looks at American women's increasing participation in war-from Vietnam to the present-as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies. The film is narrated by International War Correspondent Christiane Amanpour.

Among those featured are Linda Bray, the first woman to lead troops into battle, and Valerie Plame Wilson, whose career was sabotaged after she was "outed" as a high-level spy. Viewers hear from war correspondents like Molly Moore about life on the battlefield. The film shares the stories of military leaders who have broken through gender barriers, like General Angela Salinas, at her retirement the highest ranking woman serving in the USMC, and Vice Admiral Michelle Howard, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. Navy.

Christiane Amanpour will host a virtual screening of the film on Wednesday, October 22 at 8pm ET. The film will then be available for streaming anytime on MAKERS.com. The remaining films in the series will air on PBS at 9pm ET/PT as follows:

•October 28 | MAKERS: Women in Business
•November 4 | MAKERS: Women in Politics

Join the conversation on Twitter with @MAKERSwomen, @PBS and #MAKERSfilm.

Oct 15th 2014

AOL Video Now Available on Android TV

Newly-Launched Android TV to feature AOL's Premium Content Library

AOL's full library of premium content is now available through Google's Android TV – marking another step in AOL's video content distribution strategy. Android TV will feature AOL's library of nearly 1 million premium videos including AOL Originals like the Emmy-nominated original series Park Bench with Steve Buscemi and The Future Starts Here with Tiffany Shlain. As part of the content offering, AOL's movie library including Miramax films and AOL's brand portfolio including HuffPost Live, TechCrunch, and MAKERS will be available through the app and device.

Android TV brings a tailored primetime entertainment experience straight to the user in their own living room. Personalized content recommendations appear automatically on a user's home screen, and users can utilize a voice search feature, cast from their laptops, phones and tablets, as well as control Android TV devices from their phones and Android Wear devices. The deal highlights AOL's continued commitment to strengthening consumer video offerings, and providing viewers with the content they love across every screen and every device.

"This announcement represents a natural continuation of our connected TV and OTT device strategy", said Dermot McCormack, President of AOL Video and Studios. "As video viewing habits evolve, it's crucial that the videos people love are available when they want them and on their preferred device. With the addition of Android TV we are able to expand the reach of our premium video library."

With the Android TV integration, AOL's library of premium video content is now available across sixteen connected TV and OTT devices including Apple TV, Roku, and Samsung.

Oct 14th 2014

Third Film in AOL MAKERS Series Premiers - MAKERS: Women in Space

The third film in the new MAKERS series, MAKERS: Women in Space will premiere on Tuesday, October 14 at 9pm ET/PT on PBS. This film traces the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program and is narrated by Jodie Foster.

Some, like aviators Wally Funk and Jerrie Cobb, passed the same grueling tests as male astronauts, only to be dismissed by NASA, the military, and even Lyndon Johnson, as a distraction. It wasn't until 1995 that Eileen Collins became the first woman to pilot a spacecraft. The program includes interviews with Collins, as well as Sally Ride's classmates Shannon Lucid, Rhea Seddon and Kathryn Sullivan, and features Mae Jemison, the first woman of color astronaut, and Peggy Whitson, the first female commander of the International Space Station. The hour ends with the next generation of women engineers, mathematicians and astronauts-the new group of pioneers, like Marleen Martinez, who continue to make small but significant steps forward.

Mae Jemison will host a virtual screening of the film on Wednesday, October 15 at 8pm ET. The film will then be available for streaming anytime on MAKERS.com. The remaining films in the series will air on PBS at 9pm ET/PT as follows:

•October 21 | MAKERS: Women in War
•October 28 | MAKERS: Women in Business
•November 4 | MAKERS: Women in Politics

Join the conversation on Twitter with @MAKERSwomen, @PBS and #MAKERSfilm.

Oct 14th 2014

WMC Global and Media Thirst Teams with AOL for Digital Ad Monitoring

Today, we are excited to share that WMC Global and Media Thirst has teamed up with AOL to help support digital ad monitoring for AOL inventory, both owned & operated as well as third party, bolstering AOL¹s top-tier advertising services.

Leveraging Media Thirst technology, AOL can now analyze the entire consumer ad interaction and identify potential issues related to ad placement, rendering, content, and to landing pages. By monitoring ads running on its sites, AOL can further enhance the advertising experience and optimize ad revenue.

While accelerating its growth in the digital advertising space, AOL has also been on the frontlines of improving quality and transparency within the advertising industry as a whole, including working with TrustInAds.org to protect people from malicious and deceptive online ads.

With world-class properties and a leading ad network to its name, AOL provides premium advertising experiences to advertisers, publishers, and consumers. In working with Media Thirst to capture ads exactly as consumers interact with them, AOL brings new levels of transparency to the advertising process, ensuring ads uphold quality standards and create positive consumer experiences.

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