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Jun 27th 2013

Introducing the AOL App for iPad: Debuts at Number 1!

Today, we launched the AOL app for the iPad. Now available in the App Store, the AOL app ensures you always know what matters now.

Whether it is happening in Washington, Wall Street, Hollywood, or Main Street, the AOL app will always surface the day's key stories. The app learns a user's preferences and reflects individualized programming based on their personal news interests. The app allows users to actively customize their top level news stream to see more (or less) of the stories and videos they want. Users can also save stories or videos for later, or quickly share them via email, Facebook or Twitter.

We designed the app to let users create their own browsing experience. It delivers AOL's best news, videos, trending stories and lifestyle info, and presents them in an engaging "news stream" format.

In addition, the app gives AOL members integrated access to the brand-new, tablet-optimized AOL Mail experience. Members can read and send emails, easily email their favorite stories to friends, and scan newsletters and programming alerts without launching new apps or going into a separate environment.

This is just the beginning of our work on the AOL app. It harkens backs to our core values of making the Internet easy and fun. An app for the Android tablet, as well as mobile apps for both Android and iPhone, are in the works and will be available later this year. We will continue to add new features and look forward to feedback.

The app is available for download by following this link to the App Store on an iPad, or click here to receive an email with the link.

Jun 26th 2013

AOL Wants to Know: Are You the Next World Famous Online Anchor?

Update: Thank you everyone for watching and auditioning! This round of auditions has ended, but we are looking at future opportunities for additional talent searches. Stay tuned to this blog for details!

Starting tomorrow, AOL will be rolling out live programming on AOL.com...and we want you to be front and center!

AOL is holding open auditions for people who are destined to inform and entertain the world and do it in their own unique way.

We want the most talented and passionate news, sports, weather, entertainment, and Internet-y storytellers in the world to help us launch AOL Live this summer. If you have dreamed of being on-air, live in front of millions of people, AOL could make your wish come true.

Auditions start at 5 a.m. this Thursday and Friday at AOL headquarters in New York. Come one, come all to 770 Broadway in Manhattan.

Want to stand out and make a huge impact? Here's the trick:

  • Dress for success: We want people to be stylish, interesting, and appealing. We want sports people to be sporty, music fans to sing, business types who can show us the money, weather people to be warm and sunny. If you are into the world of marketing, get pumped to read ad copy. You get the idea.

  • Bring Passion: We only hire passionate people who love what they do. If you are passionate about news, prove it.

  • Stand out: We aren't going to tell you how. You know what to do. Can you prove that you are better than any anchor on TV today?

And guess what? You aren't just showcasing your skills for a bunch of executives in suits (actually we don't wear suits at AOL). Your best stuff will be streamed LIVE on AOL.com. Soon, our viewers will have a chance to weigh in and tell us which anchor we should choose.

AOL is a fun, fast-paced environment where passion rules. We want fresh faces to join our team. Spread the word. Bring some friends. Bring your family. We'll see you bright and early on Thursday and Friday morning. We'll provide the bagels and coffee. You bring the talent.

Here are the details:

  • Thursday, June 27 and Friday, June 28
  • 5AM Casting Call opens
  • 10AM Casting Call closes
  • Props encouraged!
  • Please bring a headshot and resume
  • AOL viewers will help decide if you make it as our next AOL Live anchor!
  • *Please note: must be 18 and older to try out.

Jun 11th 2013

AOL To Run Exclusive "I Call Shotgun!" Show Featuring Jerry Seinfeld and hosted by Bravo's Andy Cohen

Jerry Seinfeld and Sarah Silverman in Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

We want AOL.com to be the premiere stage for the web's best events and biggest stars. And we've got a big one coming up on Thursday.

The homepage team is excited to announce that on June 13th at 8pm Eastern Time, AOL.com will premiere an exclusive program – I Call Shotgun! – featuring comedy legend, Jerry Seinfeld.

Bravo's Andy Cohen will host

In coordination with the debut of Season 2 of Jerry's popular online series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, the stand-up comedian and former TV star will sit down for an exclusive discussion with Bravo TV's Andy Cohen hosted by AOL. The two will preview the upcoming season of Jerry's series and talk cars, comedy and more.

Fans can submit questions for the program starting today and through 2pm on Wednesday using #ICallShotgun on Twitter.

Also starting today, AOL.com will feature a collection of our favorite episodes from season 1.

Must See Thursday is back...at least for this week on AOL.com.

May 9th 2013

Cyndi Stivers Joins AOL as Editor-In-Chief of AOL.com

It's my pleasure to announce that AOL has hired Cyndi Stivers, a decorated journalist and digital media expert, to join our team as Editor-in-Chief of AOL.com.

In her new role reporting to me, she will drive all editorial and programming across the AOL homepage, all associated apps and syndicated feeds.

She joins us from the Columbia Journalism Review, where she was the Editor-in-Chief. Her award-winning resume prior to that includes senior editorial and management roles with Entertainment Weekly, Martha Stewart Omnimedia, Time Out New York, and Premiere.

There were many characteristics that cemented Cyndi as our top choice including her programming vision, a strong creative track record, and a knack for mentoring editorial talent.

As we evolve AOL.com as a content destination, we will look to Cyndi to ensure the site showcases the most compelling stories relevant to our viewers and drive a distinctive editorial voice. We'll also be relying on her creativity to help us ignite our live programming and add more opportunities for visitors to engage with each other around our content.

Susan Lyne, CEO of AOL's Brand Group, has worked with Cyndi twice before. In her words: "I know first hand that Cyndi will bring world-class editorial leadership and creative thinking to this role with AOL.com. Our entire stable of brands will benefit from her management of the homepage's reach to help drive network wide events to showcase everything AOL has to offer."

"Adding a talent like Cyndi to the AOL.com team is an exciting moment for our brand," says Francis Lobo, President of AOL Services Group. "Her expertise will ensure we continue to provide compelling content and experiences to the millions of people that enjoy AOL.com."

Cyndi will start in early June- please join me in welcoming Cyndi to the AOL family.

Nov 6th 2012

AOL Covers Election Night in a Whole New Way

After 18 months of campaigning, more than $1 billion in spending, and umpteen stories about Ohio, Florida, Iowa, and New Hampshire, election season ends tonight. We think AOL.com will be the best place to follow all the action.

Our experience live blogging the debates taught us a few things. First and foremost, AOL users love live events and the live blog format, wanting up to the second updates. We also learned our audience will use us both as a primary news source and as a second screen with their TV. Finally, we continue to prove (most recently highlighted by our coverage of Hurricane Sandy) that AOL's powerhouse brands, news gathering assets, and technology platform can deliver local, national, and international coverage of breaking news at an unmatched scale and scope.

So, to take advantage of these trends, we're trying something new tonight on the AOL homepage.

Working with our colleagues at HuffPost, Patch, and the rest of AOL, we're putting a live blog directly on the homepage to bring the best of the company in real time to our audience. Working closely with the extraordinary HuffPost news, analysis, and infographics teams, we'll also have real time state by state election results graphics and results. And we'll have on the spot reports from Patches across the company and links to streaming coverage on HuffPost Live.

Visit aol.com after 6pm. We'll be there till it is over (unless of course, there's a recount).

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