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It used to be just angry celebrities (and Moses) who wrote open letters. Now, even America's top businesses are taking the president to task, says Clare Dwyer Hogg

AOL's UK boss stands down as thousands of jobs are lost

The head of the internet giant AOL UK is leaving the company at the end of the month as it prepares to "significantly" reduce its British workforce and close offices throughout Europe.

Ex-Time Warner boss apologises for 'worst deal of the century'

Jerry Levin encourages banking chiefs to follow his lead after admitting AOL blunder

AOL unveils rebranding drive

What do goldfish, four abstract scrawls and an obscene hand gesture have in common? They are all variations of the internet company AOL's new corporate logo as it prepares to split from Time Warner.

Stephen Foley: Would you care if AOL were to disappear?

US Outlook: If you wanted to read last night about Oprah Winfrey quitting her chat show, or Michelle Obama's wardrobe, you could have gone to AOL's website. But of course you didn't have to. There's lots of coverage of Oprah out there on the web. And if you were after something more entertaining by half, you might watch a Barack and Michelle elf dance on YouTube.

AOL shows worst not over for media job cuts

If AOL's announcement yesterday of another 2,500 job cuts is anything to go by, the painful layoffs that have ravaged the media industry over the past year are nowhere near over.

Bollywood podcast: Kareena Kapoor aka Bebo

Plenty to get our teeth into around Indian cinema recently, so just to recap... Tum Mile ("I Met You", Vishesh Films) is a romantic drama set against the backdrop of the Mumbai floods in the summer of 2005.

Time Warner set to spin off AOL

Time Warner said that it will spin off its internet business, AOL, as a separate company on 9 December.

Bebo names Panier as global chief executive

AOL has promoted a former Google manager to resurrect the fortunes of its social network Bebo, more than a year after the last chief executive left.

Time Warner to offload troubled AOL internet unit after nine years

The mega-merger between Time Warner and AOL, which defined the dot.com euphoria at the opening of the decade, will be unwound by the decade's close at the end of this year, the company decided yesterday.

Questions Of Cash: 'I no longer have the money to fight my case'

Q. I was divorced in 2005, when I was also off work because of ill health. This led to arrears on my mortgage with the West Bromwich Mortgage Company. At the final divorce proceedings the judge said that as the house was up for sale and to avoid further hardship I only had to make the mortgage payments, not the arrears. But WBMC began eviction proceedings immediately after the divorce and applied for the eviction of my ex-wife and our children. Each time it applied the judge said that as long as the mortgage was being paid there were no grounds for eviction. Each time, WBMC immediately applied again for eviction. Before the house was sold in May 2007 WBMC told me the arrears were £3,192.81, plus legal fees of £5,922.44 for the failed eviction proceedings. I also had to pay £3,767.75 for my own legal fees to prevent the evictions. I lodged a complaint with the Financial Ombudsman, which concluded WBMC's legal fees were justified. It said if I was still unhappy I could sue WBMC, but I no longer have the money to do this. NS, Stockton-on-Tees.

Time Warner to plunge to its first loss in six years

Time Warner, the media giant whose businesses include Time magazine, CNN, AOL, HBO and the Warner Bros film studio, will plunge to its first annual loss in six years, it warned yesterday.

Yahoo shares rally on CEO rumour

Yahoo's stock rallied yesterday on a report that AOL's former chief executive believes he can raise enough money in a worsening recession to buy the struggling internet company for as much as US$30 billion ($56.48 billion).

Yahoo enlists AOL to counter joint Murdoch-Microsoft offer

After 24 hours in which the hostile takeover battle between Microsoft and Yahoo took several dramatic twists, with internet rival AOL and Rupert Murdoch's MySpace both said to be getting involved, investors were last night making exactly the same bet – Microsoft's existing bid will be successful.

The teen heart-throb, the nanny and the $1.5m extortion claim

Managing the political turmoil of the White House on the set of The West Wing was one thing, but in the real world it seems actor Rob Lowe is struggling to manage his own household, especially where a disgruntled former nanny bent on extortion is concerned.

Dana Dunne: AOL chief keeps the personal touch as he integrates Bebo

A Day in the Life: Dana Dunne is spreading the word about AOL and its $850m purchase of Bebo, a move that he sees as a return to AOL's roots
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