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Jun 3rd 2014

AOL Hosts Congressional Group in New York Office

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and a number of other congressmen on his committee visited AOL's New York headquarters yesterday as part of a tour of Internet companies hosted by the Internet Association.

The visit gave us an exciting – and rare – opportunity to showcase our businesses for these VIP lawmakers who are responsible for legislating on many of the issues AOL cares most deeply about, and many of whom are relatively uneducated about AOL's transformation from sending CDs to delighting our consumers with amazing and relevant content online.

During their visit, the congressional contingent heard from Jim Norton about AOL Advertising, Eoin Ryan gave an overview of AOL, Maureen Sullivan talked about AOL brands and Allison Girvin led them on a tour of HuffPost Live. During their visit, Tim Armstrong and Julie Jacobs also stopped by to meet the congressmen.

May 29th 2014

AOL Lifestyle Featured at Women's Health Annual Beauty Awards Breakfast

Women's Health Magazine held its Annual Beauty Awards breakfast in New York City this morning. In keeping with the growth of the Women's Health social following, the magazine incorporated several social components to the awards, including a Social Media Panel that featured Claudia Huapaya from AOL Lifestyle.

Reaching the 200+ event attendees – advertisers, publishers and beyond – the panel was moderated by Women's Health Executive Editor Amy Keller Laird. Joining Claudia on the panel were Mollie Chen (Editorial Director, Birchbox), Carolyn Kylstra (Site Director, Women's Health) and Doug Jossem (Sales Manager, Twitter). The panel covered an array of topics, including the ingredients of a successful social campaign, optimizing the two-screen experience, using user-generated content, and predictions for the next social trends.

May 22nd 2014

AOLers Log 10,000 Volunteer Hours on Monster Help Day

We came; we saw; we volunteered.

Last week celebrated our 5th Monster Help Day - AOL's annual service day in which employees across the globe volunteer together to make a difference in local communities. From cleaning up the beach in Santa Monica to gardening at Concrete Safaris, it was an amazing day for all involved.

Equipped with bold volunteer shirts, bountiful energy and a ubiquitous giving-spirit, over 3,000 AOLers - spanning from Beverly Hills to Bangalore - volunteered to support charities around the world.

So, what does a day of service- including thousands of employees, 24 offices and 63 charities - look like? Read what some of our employees had to say:

AOL Advertising: Lauren Goldfaden
AOL Advertising: Jordan Gillman
AOL Platforms: Alyssa Stone
AOL On: Chelsea Cousins
MapQuest: Christina Johnson

Plus, check out the breakdown of our incredible Monster Help Day from our family of brands:

May 21st 2014

iJustine Returns to AOL with 'Hardwired 2.0'

"Hardwired" is back for a second season profiling some of the hottest tech trends across the nation. Host Justine Ezarik, better known as iJustine, continues to bring fun and her unique sense of humor to the show while introducing viewers to innovative tech trends.

iJustine is a technology enthusiast, gamer and-most notably-a YouTube sensation with more than 1.9 million subscribers across her channels. She got her start as an Internet celebrity lifecasting in 2007 and has built a loyal following over the past seven years. She's now a one-woman phenomenon with a massive social media presence with over 320 million views. She does personal and comedic vlogs and centers her content around her own love for technology. iJustine's following continues to grow, which gives "Hardwired 2.0" a huge existing audience as well as the potential to reach a new tech audience outside of AOL's users.

"Hardwired 2.0" goes beyond the wearable technology that was covered last year and explores everything from 3D printing to food tech. Viewers will see iJustine test the latest devices for both personal and industrial use first hand at various locations. For example, in the Beauty Tech episode, she showcases technology used in traditional spa treatments as well as comparable high-tech options viewers can try at home.

Premiering today, "Hardwired 2.0" will feature 10 episodes, promoted weekly on Wednesdays.

Join the conversation on Twitter using #aolhardwired or #gethardwired, and watch the first episode here.

May 20th 2014

Joystiq Launches First Digital StoreFront

Today, readers on the lookout for the latest news and products in the video game industry can take their search a step further: AOL property Joystiq now offers exclusive sales on category-leading games, apps and accessories.

AOL is extending its partnership with leading native commerce platform StackSocial to launch Joystiq's first Digital StoreFront, Joystiq Deals. The store, powered by StackCommerce, organically weaves relevant products into readers' daily experience and provides the ability to purchase them directly on the site.

What's in it for the Joystiq readers? Starting today, they'll be able to gain exclusive access to:

1. Specially curated, top title games
2. Indie gamer bundles
3. Gaming accessories
4. Hardware and gadgets
5. Game Development Resources
6. Other premium consumer tech

And, this isn't AOL's first alliance with StackSocial; StackCommerce also powers AOL property TUAW's storefront, and the initial partnership has been a resounding success. Enhancing Joystiq's audience experience is a natural next step-changing the way readers interact with news and keeping AOL's technology media brands at the forefront of the industry.

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