1. Akshay Masand's Avatar


    The Verge has recently announced that The Unofficial Apple Weblog also better known as TUAW, will be shutting down on February 2, 2015. TUAW was acquired by AOL ten years ago back in December of 2004. The website provided readers with the most up to date Apple news, guides, reviews, and more. AOL also owns other popular websites including Joystiq, TechCrunch, The Huffington Post, and Engadget. Unfortunately TUAW and Joystiq didn’t make the cut for the company’s major reorganization plan. TUAW currently has a staff team of 11 in the editorial department.

    According to the report, AOL apparently has plans of firing 150 people from the company as TUAW and Joystiq will be ‘folded’ into Engadget. Back in November of last year, AOL’s CEO Tim Armstrong made some comments in regards to their fourth quarter earnings and therefore the decision in restructuring the company was unsurprising.

    “As we look out to 2015, our strategy and decisions will be driven by the following organizing principles,” said Armstrong. “Number one, we’ll focus our capital allocation resource management and management time against scaled assets and platforms. Two, we will organize our asset portfolio around scaled value and scaled growth assets. Three, we’ll simplify everything that can be simplified.”
    Armstrong also noted last year that AOL would be simplifying everything that can be simplified. Therefore, we believe that most workers at the company saw this coming. Monday will definitely mark an unfortunate day when Joystiq and TUAW shuts down. What are your thoughts on this matter? Let us know in the comments below.

    Source: The Verge

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    2015-02-01 01:41 AM
  2. exNavy's Avatar
    While I hate to see anyone lose their job, there's an awful lot of bad writing over there anyway. Most of their "stories" are product reviews with giveaways. They stopped covering the jailbreak scene a couple years ago.
    2015-02-01 04:01 AM
  3. Jahooba's Avatar
    The Huffington Post and Engadget are owned by the same company? No wonder both sites are totally for Internet Neutrality and refuse to talk about the negative effects of such a move. I can't believe how many young dumb kids are for Net Neutrality, and it's because of sites like Huffpo and Engadget and Gawker and other Liberal blogs with a social agenda.
    2015-02-01 04:39 PM
  4. luvmytj's Avatar
    Please enlighten us as to why net neutrality is bad.
    2015-02-01 07:50 PM
  5. PCYoda's Avatar
    Net neutrality is good... sorta.

    Smaller sites need to be assured quality of service on the internet.

    However, larger sites (like Netflix, for example) should be able to negotiate (and in fact should be compelled to negotiate, perhaps at a fair rate regulated by the FCC) with large internet providers (like Comcast, for example) to directly connect into their networks to provide best quality of service.

    The problem is inherent with how networking works. If Netflix uses "AnyNet" as their backbone ISP, and you're a Comcast user, AnyNet and Comcast's networks are linked by a relatively small pipe compared to the total amount of traffic AnyNet or Comcast can move within their own networks. (This is the same as any normal uplink of switches - for example, if you uplink two 48 port GigE switches using two 10GigE uplinks, you have ports capable of 960 Gb/s at full duplex within your switch but the two switches can only communicate at 40 Gb/s max).

    Any content provider service that's using more than a double digit percentage of the uplink between their primary ISP and a receiving ISP should have to do some sort of direct connect whenever possible, particularly if the receiving ISP is one of the largest in the country (the Comcasts, Verizons, and AT&Ts of the world).

    It costs money to connect networks together at higher and higher speeds... so it's only fair that the content providers shoulder some of that burden of network upgrades.
    2015-02-02 05:40 PM
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