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After two decades of connecting people, Yahoo Messenger has just a few short weeks on this planet before it will be shut down for good. Parent company Oath announced today that Yahoo Messenger will officially kick the bucket on July 17th, 2018.  We should not that leading up to the July 17th execution date, you will still be able to use the service normally without interruption. However, starting July 18th, you will not be able to use the service or access your chats. You can, however, download your chat history for the next six months according to Oath with the downloader request site. Given the rise of text messaging and chat services like Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, WhatsApp... Read more...
"So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye." Back in October, it was announced that AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) would be shutting down for good later this year. Well, that December 15th execution date has arrived, and it's time to say goodbye to what was once an extremely popular way for friends and families to communicate at the dawn of the internet age. AIM managed to stick around for two decades, but it hasn't really been relevant for half of those years. The rise of smartphones and text messaging left AIM by the wayside. In addition, modern alternatives like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Snapchat have flourished thanks to constant innovation. "If you were a 90’s kid, chances are... Read more...
Let's pour one out for one of the first instant messaging applications that many of us ever knew. As a freshman in college, AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) became a quick way for me to keep in contact with friends across campus, setup study groups or just chat for hours on end. And you couldn't walk down any dorm hall in the evening without hearing the distinctive sounds of messages being sent and received. Well, after a twenty-year run, AOL has announced that AIM will go offline permanently on December 15th, 2017. You can blame the death of AIM on the rise of text messages and messaging apps like WhatsApp and Snapchat. Our social interactions are also dominated by the likes of Twitter and Facebook... Read more...
Back in 2013, Yahoo's database was breached by hackers and it wasn't discovered or reported until 2016. When that reporting happened last year, Yahoo thought that detials on 1 billion of its user accounts had been stolen. As it turns out, things are much worse than Yahoo (now owned by Verizon and part of Oath) originally thought. Yahoo reports that after its acquisition by Verizon and during the integration of the two companies, new intelligence on the breach was found and that it now believes all 3 billion accounts existing in 2013 were stolen in the hack. Yahoo reminds users that this isn't a new security breach and notes that it will be sending out emails to all additional users affected.... Read more...
Once Verizon completes its acquisition of Yahoo and merges it with AOL, it will create a new "value" division called "Oath." Tim Armstrong, the longtime CEO of AOL, tweeted out the new name and it did not take long for the Internet to start mocking it. That is to be expected when snark seems to rule the web, though Verizon certainly didn't do itself any favors by settling on the name "Oath" without any explanation to how it arrived at that brand.Here is a look at the original Twitter post and some of the comments that followed: Billion+ Consumers, 20+ Brands, Unstoppable Team. #TakeTheOath. Summer 2017. pic.twitter.com/tM3Ac1Wi36 — Tim Armstrong (@timarmstrongaol) April 3, 2017 Tribune Publishing:... Read more...