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AOL to Layoff 10 Percent in 2009

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 11 comments

According to a report from Reuters, AOL is planning to lay off 10 percent of its workforce, amounting to 700 employees.

In an internal memo obtained by the news agency, AOL Chief Randy Falco broke the news that the company would this year be laying off 700 people as well as eliminating merit-pay increases. The layoffs in AOL add to the already huge number of cutbacks the tech industry has seen during the first month of 2009.

Reuters reports that Falco blamed the steps cutbacks on the deepening recession. "Online marketers have tightened their ad buying across the board, reducing their spend by hundreds of millions of dollars," Falco said.

Falco detailed that most of the layoffs will be in the United States and finalized by the end of the first quarter with the remainder happening aboard and over several quarters.

Time Warner has reportedly been in talks with both Microsoft and Yahoo! with regards to the possibility of an advertising deal involving AOL and earlier this month, Time Warner CEO, Jeffrey Bewkes, met with Steve Ballmer and Yahoo Chairman, Roy Bostock at Time Warner's New York headquarters.

The company also made headlines earlier in the week when rumors circulated claiming the company was planning to sell recently acquired social networking site, Bebo.

Check out Reuters for more on the layoffs.

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    Anonymous , January 30, 2009 5:13 PM
    AO who? That company's been obselete for ages.
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    The_Blood_Raven , January 30, 2009 6:13 PM
    I wish they would layoff 100% of the entire company...
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    Tindytim , January 30, 2009 6:42 PM
    So now they're down to 9 employees?
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    afrobacon , January 30, 2009 7:07 PM
    thought they went out with dial-up...
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    The_Blood_Raven , January 30, 2009 8:04 PM
    No they offer broadband, or well... limited Verizon DSL with their crappy browser program. My mother loves the damn browser and since she DOES pay most of the bills....
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    rta , January 30, 2009 8:30 PM
    yayOL! wait, what's happening?
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    rta , February 1, 2009 1:55 AM
    looks like an aol-ite is handin out the eeeeeeeevil -1's to the naysayers.

    "You've got minus one!"
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    NuclearShadow , February 1, 2009 2:07 AM
    rtalooks like an aol-ite is handin out the eeeeeeeevil -1's to the naysayers. "You've got minus one!"

    lol @ aol-ite

    Anyways its not surprising that they are having layoff's. Even if the economy was strong they really aren't needed anymore and always have been sort of a joke.
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    jawshoeaw , February 1, 2009 5:25 AM
    TindytimSo now they're down to 9 employees?

    you totally stole my line!
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    gwellin , February 2, 2009 8:18 PM
    So now they are down to about 6300 employee's. This should probably be around a 2:1 employee to customer ratio. At least customers service probably wont suffer becuase of the layoffs.

    I cant believe they are still kicking. Maybe if they didn't send me a CD with their crappy software about 12 times a week, they might have more money to avoid some of these layoffs.
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    Anonymous , February 20, 2009 12:26 AM
    AOL still has about 8 million paying dial-up members, bringing in close to a billion in NET revenue every year. They also have over 100 million AIM users worldwide. I won't even get into how AOL has some of the top sites out there (engadget,, Its funny how you all make comments when you obviously are extremely ignorant.