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AOL to hand off Patch to JV, will own minority stake

  • AOL is forming a JV with investment firm Hale Global that will own its troubled Patch local news unit. AOL will have a minority stake in the venture, which will be operated by Hale. (PR)
  • Patch's future has been up in the air for a while, as AOL struggled to turn a profit on a business (local news/ad sales) for which economies of scale are hard to come by. 40% of Patch's workforce was laid off last summer, and hundreds of Patch sites shut down.
  • AOL/Hale state that going forward, Patch will focus on providing a "mobile-first experience with social integration," self-service ad tools, and location-targeted ad products, among other things.
  • The deal comes shortly after AOL unloaded ancient media player Winamp and streaming radio site Shoutcast.
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  • SafisKusai
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    Aol has been tidying its portfolio up and removing outdated and loss making operations while acquiring profitable and growing IP like HuffPo and


    Lots of speculation over a possible takeover by yahoo to shore up its core advertising businesses


    Patch sale has terms undisclosed but is an immediate positive as it plugs a leaky boat.
    15 Jan 2014, 04:33 PM Reply Like
  • Jbgoose
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    Do you mean for Yahoo! To acquire the best in class, most highly regarded AOL created advertising platforms? Would be a neat idea but why would their partners want to sell off such a wonderful asset when AOL does nothing but climb higher as they make it even better and more applicable ( pun intended )?


    And then we have the giving away of arguably the most relevant to the living world social media technologies, monetizing human behavior...


    Not jumping on you- just your post was the perfect comment to expand upon. I may rethink when to allocate money to AOL....
    15 Jan 2014, 08:09 PM Reply Like
  • Chris DeMuth Jr.
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    The Cost of Winning -- The Story Behind Why AOL CEO Tim Armstrong Fired An Employee In Front Of 1,000 Coworkers:
    15 Jan 2014, 07:33 PM Reply Like
  • SafisKusai
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    He really is a great executive. The ignorance of patch which he had an emotional attachment to and the public firing were sad marks but they should definitely not overshadow what he has been able to accomplish. That article is really good, but sooo long. It is a good way to understand the mind of the man who is trying to rebuild and original internet company.
    15 Jan 2014, 08:47 PM Reply Like
  • Chris DeMuth Jr.
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    He should buy it and run it as a hobby.
    15 Jan 2014, 08:51 PM Reply Like
  • Clayton Rulli
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    LOL @ Tim Armstrong"i am committed to patch" guess not
    15 Jan 2014, 09:12 PM Reply Like
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