English clubs triumph in Europe’s year of comeback shocks

first_imgThis was a year of unprecedented English domination of European club competition, as the Premier League finally turned its financial power into results on the field, but 2019 will be best remembered for a series of stunning comebacks.For the first time ever, all four finalists in Europe’s two club competitions came from the same country with Liverpool beating Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final and Chelsea defeating Arsenal for the Europa League title.In women’s football, the World Cup, held in France, brought unprecedented interest for the tournament with the United States defending their title by beating the Netherlands 2-0 in the final in Lyon.Interest in the women’s game has arguably never been higher, with broadcast records broken all over the globe in the June-July showpiece.Olympique Lyonnais continued their domination of the the women’s European club game – a 4-1 win over Barcelona in Budapest ensuring a fourth straight Champions League title.The men’s Champions League is often criticised for the predictability of the group stage, which usually sees the established wealthy clubs deal with their less well-off challengers.Yet while that remains a fundamental weakness of the competition, this year the knockout stage certainly delivered plenty of drama.Manchester United produced one of the great comebacks, when under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer they went into their round-of-16, second-leg at Paris St Germain, having suffered a seemingly deadly 2-0 reverse at Old Trafford.Yet a stoppage-time penalty from Marcus Rashford gave them a 3-1 win at the Parc de Princes and a remarkable aggregate victory on away goals.Never in 106 attempts in Europe’s top club competition had a team progressed in a knockout tie after a 2-0 home defeat and the game will go down as one of United’s great nights despite them being eliminated by Barcelona in the quarter-final.LATE DRAMAThe quarter-finals produced more late drama, this time with the added ingredient of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) controversy, as Manchester City were eliminated by Tottenham, on away goals, after the tie ended 4-4.A late goal from Raheem Sterling looked to have sealed City’s progress and sent their manager Pep Guardiola racing up and down the touchline, leaping into the air, punching the sky in wild jubilation.City’s wildly celebrating fans thought their outlandish dream of a quadruple of titles was still very much alive.Then — as Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir signalled the goal had been disallowed for an offside following video review — Guardiola fell to his knees, head in hands, in utter despair.Yet even that night of drama was overshadowed by what followed in the last four.Liverpool were presumed dead and buried after losing 3-0 to Barcelona but then, at a fervent Anfield, they were simply unstoppable as they swept aside the Spaniards 4-0 with two goals each for Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum.Then, incredibly, 24 hours later, came another astonishing comeback.In Amsterdam, Ajax skipper Matthijs de Ligt’s fifth-minute header and a superb 35th-minute effort by Hakim Ziyech put Ajax 3-0 up on aggregate against Spurs at halftime, seemingly securing their first final for 23 years.Brazilian Lucas Moura, however, scored a second-half hat-trick, including the aggregate winner, six minutes into stoppage time, as Spurs went through on away goals.It was perhaps inevitable that the final, won 2-0 by Liverpool in Madrid, felt something of a let-down, but fans of European football could hardly complain after a season which saw such extraordinary thrills.UEFA’s newest competition, the Nations League, proved to be a bigger success than most imagined and ended with Portugal beating the Netherlands 1-0 in the final in Porto.last_img read more

After securing Belo, Blackwater to pick Banal at no. 1

first_imgMOST READ Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports AFTER languishing in the PBA doldrums in its first two seasons, Blackwater is looking at brighter things ahead after basically tabbing cornerstones in two Draft processes.ADVERTISEMENT Obama tips NFL’s Patriots, NBA’s Warriors to win titles “The honeymoon period is over,” owner Dioceldo Sy told the Inquirer as his Elite select 6-foot-2 point guard Raphael Banal first overall in the regular rookie proceedings Sunday at Robinson’s Place Manila.Banal will be the second high-profile rookie to join the Elite, who also made former Far Eastern gunslinger Mac Belo No. 1 in the separate Draft among Gilas Cadet pool members on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“Now we have a formidable team,” Sy went on, admitting his excitement of kissing the doormat image days of the Elite goodbye. “We are targeting to make at least the quarterfinals each conference.“Our modest goal for the coming season is to finish either seventh or eighth overall,” Sy continued. “If we can go higher, then it would be better.”Blackwater will be entering its third season and would like to put the first two behind after failing to make it past the eliminations in its first six conferences. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Elite traded away Carlo Lastimosa very recently to get James Forrester from NLEX. Forrester has greatly underachieved in his first two seasons in the pros with two teams before and is also looking at redemption with his new team.Should Forrester and Banal play according to expectations and Belo comes up with the numbers worthy of being a No. 1 pick, Blackwater has potentially one of the beefiest, talented guard rotations in the league.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments We are young Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise EDITORS’ PICKlast_img read more

Sugar workers renew call for President’s intervention

first_imgWales closure…say they’re struggling to support their familiesMonths after venting frustration over the non-payment of severance packages which were promised since December 2016, sugar workers have once again protested at their former place of employment, calling for President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo to look into their concerns.Workers who gathered on Monday rejecting the transfer to Uitvlugt Estate and are demanding to be paid their severance packagesAt approximately 08:00h on Monday, the sugar workers formerly attached to the Wales Estate staged another protest at the factory demanding their payments. The workers’ contention is that they cannot be compelled to travel to the Uitvlugt Estate on the West Coast of Demerara, some 22 miles from Wales.At Monday’s protest, the workers told <<>> that they were finding it difficult to get consistent employment and, as such, were struggling to make ends meet. It was explained that their finances were dwindling since they were unable to garner five-day-a-week jobs. In fact, one former Wales employee stressed that many of his colleagues had to seek work in Georgetown.“The family making out real rough; right now, money going down real low,” stated Festus Roberts, who indicated that he worked in the sugar industry over 20 years.“We need money, people got instalment fuh pay, house rent fuh pay,” expressed another protester.Michael Chotoo, another demonstrator, told this publication that he was having great difficulty sending his children aged nine, 13 and 15 to school. “Meh family struggle because some days me children can’t go to school…meh can’t afford because meh nah get money since December month,” the frustrated father observed.In this light, the workers once again called on the Head of State and the Prime Minister to look into their plight and intervene on their behalf.“Not even to de Prime Minister, not one of them not come to solve our problems. Leh dem come look into our matter; we need them here because this is our President and he has to show us that he cares for us,” sugar worker Rahim (only name) expressed.His sentiments were shared by fellow protester Fizal Ali.“We have a very good President and all of here are depending on him as well to come with the verdict as early as possible [because] we deserve our money and we’re going to have it,” the worker highlighted.At last Thursday’s meeting with workers, Estate Manager Dave Kumar reportedly reiterated GuySuCo’s stance that employees must go to Uitvlugt. The workers claimed that they received threats to the effect that their names would be taken off the payroll at Wales. Meanwhile, there was a brief confrontation between a worker and one of the security staff who was filming Monday morning’s protest.The workers have been protesting over the last two months. At one of their many demonstrations, the workers had reminded that President Granger and Prime Minister Nagamootoo had committed their support to the sugar industry in the run-up to the 2015 General and Regional Elections. However, when Government had confirmed the end of sugar operations at Wales Estate last year, it was explained that cost was the main factor behind’s the entity’s closure. Government have also since expressed that only three sugar estates would remain operational in Guyana.last_img read more

Happy Easter

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IT’S easy to see why the symbols most commonly associated with Easter bunnies, ducks, eggs have little or nothing to do with the actual holiday, on which Christians commemorate Christ’s resurrection from the dead. These are symbols of vitality, of youth, of new life and rebirth of spring. Easter is a celebration of fresh hope, of re-creation, of triumphing over both evil and death. And though the holiday itself arguably the most sacred on the Christian calendar is uniquely Christian, its themes are entirely universal. We all long for new beginnings and the promise of redemption. The arrival of Easter couldn’t come at a better time in Southern California this year, after weeks of rain that have felt endless. Southlanders aren’t used to the dark skies, the dampness and the cold. We long for the sunlight, and the new beginnings of Spring. And in Easter, they are manifest. Happy Easter to all! last_img read more

‘Sanchez over Ozil all day long. I’d bring Wilshere back and let Ozil go!’

first_imgRay Wilkins says Arsenal are a ‘totally different team’ without Alexis Sanchez and says he would prefer the Chilean over Mesut Ozil.The north Londoners are currently locked in contract talks with their star pairing, with the two reportedly looking to get paid as much as the Premier League’s top earners.Sanchez and Ozil both have 18 months to run on their current deals and former Gunners striker John Hartson believes they should ‘cough up or risk losing them to rival clubs’.Speaking to Adrian Durham and Darren Gough on Drivetime, former Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder Wilkins was asked: If you were Arsenal boss and could only have one of Sanchez and Ozil, who would it be?Without hesitation, he said: “I’d have Sanchez, all day long.“I’d bring Jack Wilshere back and let Ozil go. That is only my opinion.“I think Jack is thoroughly enjoying himself at Bournemouth. He is actually playing week in, week out and you can see progress he is making. Thankfully he is over the injury problems he has had in the past.“I think Jack Wilshere could be the equal of Ozil, if not better.“He has a total commitment around the pitch. Ozil has wonderful touches but when he plays against the big teams sometimes you see him go missing.”Sanchez is in red-hot form this season, with Arsene Wenger preferring to play the 27-year-old in a central position. He scored a hat-trick at West Ham on Saturday to take his tally for club and country this season to 13.Wilkins added: “Arsenal without Alexis Sanchez are a totally different team. Arsene plays him at every given opportunity.”Listen to Ray Wilkins on Drivetime, above.last_img read more

Mourinho ‘dines with Arsenal chief’ as pressure on Emery intensifies

first_img ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 1 Jose Mourinho could be set for a return to the dugout imminently Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ latest SORRY Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? appointed revealed scrap MOST READ IN FOOTBALL According to The Times, Mourinho and Sanllehi had dinner together, with ‘The Special One’ suitably impressed with the latter’s plans for Arsenal’s squad.Pressure is mounting on Emery, who reportedly only has a couple of games to save his job following the 1-1 draw with Wolves at the Emirates on Saturday.Sanllehi is desperate for Champions League football to return to the Emirates, and believes Mourinho could be the man to deliver it.Mourinho, 56, has been out of work since being sacked by Manchester United in December 2018, but has spoken of his desire to return to management sooner rather than later. getty images LATEST The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff PAYBACK TOP WORK In an interview by the Coaches Voice in September, Mourinho revealed that he was ready to return to the dugout – on one condition.“The only thing I know is what I don’t want,” he said. “What I don’t want is crystal clear.“What I want – the general profile of it of course – but I cannot say clubs and country.“I am quite pathological in this sense that I have to play to win.” Jose Mourinho reportedly dined with Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanlleh this week as the north London side consider axing under-fire manager Unai Emery.The Gunners are thought to be plotting a sensational move for the former Manchester United boss if they call time on the Spaniard’s stint in Emirates, which has proved unspectacular to date.last_img read more

2017 LAKE LOGAN MULTISPORT FESTIVAL TRAFFIC ALERT

first_imgOn the weekend of August 5 and 6, areas of Haywood County will be filled with cyclists and runners participating in the Lake Logan Multisport Festival.  On Saturday, August 5 residents and visitors can expect bike traffic in the following areas:Bethel/Cruso: 7:00 AM-12:00 PMCanton: 7:15-9:30 AMClyde: 7:45-11:00 AMLake Junaluska: 8:30-10:45 AMCrabtree/Ironduff: 8:00-10:45 AMOn Sunday, August 6, the races will be concentrated in the Bethel/Cruso and Canton areas from 7:00 to 10:00 AM.Public safety officers will be staffing all of the key intersections.  We ask all motorists who will be in these areas during the race to be patient and give plenty of space to any cyclist on the roads.last_img

Wandile Mabanga, the genius from the townships

first_imgAt the age of 22, Wandile Mabanga is writing his MSc dissertation in quantum gravity. “I’m constantly asking myself different questions, challenging my mind to see if I can get answers,” he says.(Image: Allan Gray Orbis Foundation) Quantum gravity is a field of theoretical physics that can help scientists develop theories about, among many other things, what exactly happens in the centre of a black hole.(Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech) MEDIA CONTACT • Centre for Theoretical PhysicsSchool of PhysicsUniversity of the Witwatersrand1 Jan Smuts AveJohannesburgSouth Africa+27 11 717 6841ctp@neo.phys.wits.ac.za RELATED ARTICLES • MeerKAT is under way• Taking the internet to townships • Olympics of maths coming to SA• Boost for knowledge economy• Science school comes to MvezoMary AlexanderHis mother dropped out of school to have him when she was 18. He went to school in the townships, where his family lived in an RDP house. Today, 22-year-old Wandile Mabanga is writing his master’s dissertation in a field of quantum physics so specialised there are only two people in the world qualified enough to supervise him.Genius is often linked to childhood. French poet Charles Baudelaire wrote, “Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recaptured at will.” Mabanga bears this out. Again and again he displays a greedy curiosity, a childlike – but not childish – fascination with learning everything he can about everything around him.“Liking to learn comes mainly from playing, as a child,” he says in a video for the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation. “Catching crabs: what are these things? Why do they work the way they do?” A piece of paper pinned to his wall asks, “Why do we grow up?”Jumping the gradesMabanga was raised in KwaThema, a township outside Springs in Gauteng. He started school at Umsobomvu Primary in 1997, where his flair for learning allowed him to complete grades one and two in a single year.“The teachers had a love for what they were doing,” he says. “One of the fondest memories I have is from grade six. Mrs Sisulu taught us about the flower. I couldn’t understand how something so beautiful and elegant could be described on paper, in a language we invented.”This curiosity about the deep complexity yet simple workings of the flower set the roots for Mabanga’s enduring fascination with physics. His MSc degree at Wits University in Johannesburg is in the field of quantum gravity, an esoteric theoretical field that, broadly, seeks to unify gravity with the three other fundamental forces of physics – electromagnetism and the strong and weak nuclear forces.‘This child is troublesome’In 2003 Mabanga enrolled at Tlakula High School in KwaThema, where he was a member of the debating society and active in youth organisations. He excelled at his studies, particularly maths and science.High school stoked his love for science: “It started with doing experiments in high school and constantly watching National Geographic,” he told the Saturday Star. “The environment fascinates me and I’m curious to see how everything works and how things are made. My mind runs wild.“I’m constantly asking myself different questions, challenging my mind to see if I can get answers.” During one school holiday, he took a job investigating the viability of hydrogen fuel cell technology as a green-energy substitute for coal.In his matric year, 2007, there was a six-week teachers’ strike. Mabanga helped his classmates by taking over the teaching of maths and science. At the end of the year he emerged as one of the top five matriculants in Gauteng, with a perfect 100% mark for maths and 93% for physical science.In the Allan Gray video, Tlakula High School teacher SMS Masombuka recalls one of his colleagues saying of Mabanga: “This child is troublesome. He gets 98 out of 100, we clap our hands for him, and he says, ‘No, what about that two percent? I want that two percent, ma’am. Can I write another test?’”Masombuka adds: “And that’s how you manage to get 100 out of 100 marks – not percent. In mathematics, in grade 12. No other learner got such a mark in South Africa.”Meeting MandelaIt wasn’t only his studies that kept Mabanga busy in high school. He was also a member of Youth Connection, a KwaThema-based organisation working to develop the “soft” life skills of township kids, skills they need to get and keep jobs.In 2006, Mabanga joined the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund youth club Efeng Bacha, which was given the job of organising Mandela’s 88th birthday celebration, where he got to meet the great man.In 2008, Mabanga helped Efeng Bacha organise South Africa’s first Youth Parliament – a massive project. The organisation is currently building the first world-class Children’s Hospital in Johannesburg.Mabanga is also a member of the international Golden Key society, the world’s largest honour society, which connects high-achieving individuals locally, regionally and globally. And in 2011 he was the first South African to enter the International Maths Competition in Bulgaria.A funding conundrumBut there was a darker side to high school. His family scraped through each month, living on his brother’s social grant and the income of his TV-repairman father. There was a strong possibility that school would be the end of his education.“When I was still at high school I didn’t think I’d make it to university,” he says. “That was mostly because I knew my parents couldn’t afford it. What kept me going with my studies was my love for the subjects. I thought, after school I’d go and work – and that would be it.”That wasn’t it. His excellent marks easily landed Mabanga a bursary, allowing him to enter Wits University in 2008 to study chemistry with chemical engineering. This five-year, two-degree programme is limited to only 30 select students.But his fascination with physics remained. In 2009 he had to face a dilemma: continue with chemistry, or switch to physics and lose his funding.“In second year, unfortunately, I had to make a very difficult decision, of whether I keep my current sponsor, or I do physics,” he says. He had already applied to the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation , which funds young people who show potential to become great leaders or entrepreneurs.The funding came through, and he was on his way. Not only could he study his beloved physics, but he could also help pay for his younger brother’s school fees – and give his mom some money.“I am proud of my relationship with my mom,” he says. “We’ve been through a lot together. A lot of moms would choose for their kids. She has allowed me, for most of my life, to be myself.”Mentoring matricsMabanga hopes to become a working theoretical physicist, but also a social entrepreneur, giving back to the impoverished community that nurtured his love for learning.Today, he often returns to Tlakula High School to mentor the kids there. In the video, he shows a matric class film footage of majestic aerial vistas across the world: rainforests, the Himalaya mountains, tropical islands.“The most important thing, right now, for you, is to get your matric certificate,” he says. “But not just get it, but get it to go wherever you want to go.” The video, he says, is “to excite you about the world we live in, that you are about to explore as you go out.”Later, he says: “I go back to my high school because I believe in giving back. When I look at the kids at school, and I speak to them, it reminds me of myself. It keeps me going, to try to tell them, ‘Your circumstances are not permanent, and the world is not exactly the way you perceive it.’“We are all shaped by the environment. A lot of people constantly exposed to an environment where it’s impossible to do anything – that becomes reality for them.”last_img read more

Microsoft Extends Its Patent Deals Into Linux Servers

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#Open Source 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img markhachman Microsoft said Wednesday that it signed a patent cross-license agreement with Amdocs Software Systems, extending Microsoft’s aggressive IP licensing strategy to Linux servers.Although Microsoft said the terms of the deal with Amdocs were confidential, the software giant confirmed two key points:One, the patent agreement covers Amdocs’ use of Linux-based servers in its data centers.Two, that Amdocs will pay Microsoft an “undisclosed amount of money under the agreement.”Microsoft Likes Patent License AgreementsTo date, Microsoft has aggressively enforced its patents against companies using Google’s Android software – which is based on Linux. In January, Microsoft said that more than 70% of all Android smartphones sold in the U.S. are covered by a patent licensing agreement, including devices from such tech giants as Acer, Compal, Huawei, HTC, LG, Samsung and Viewsonic, as well as smaller vendors such as Aluratek and Colby.Motorola, the other giant Android backer, escaped its own patent issues by being acquired by Google itself. In May, Citi analyst Walter Pritchard estimated that Microsoft makes more than $150 million from Android licenses, more than from its own Windows Phone program itself.Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, the company has entered into more than 1,100 licensing agreements, the company said.“This agreement with Amdocs adds to the more than 1,100 patent license agreements Microsoft has entered into over the last decade,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft, in a statement. “Microsoft’s licensing program ensures respect for its world-class intellectual property portfolio while at the same time making available to others the result of its multi-billion dollar annual investment in research and development.”Amdocs is a provider of operational support systems to service providers, providing both operations support like provisioning as well as billing services.Do Patent Wars = Collaboration?Interestingly, Gutierrez has defended Microsoft’s aggressive IP licensing as “collaboration” with other companies. In a 2008 contributed article to the Intellectual Asset Management magazine, Gutierrez noted that in June 2003, Microsoft hired Marshall Phelps to serve as its corporate vice president of intellectual property and licensing. Gutierrez said that Phelps’ resume, which included building IBM’s patent licensing program into a “$2 billion a year profit machine,” had been misinterpreted by pundits as an attempt to “generate a massive IBM-style IP royalty stream”.“In fact, Microsoft wanted Phelps to oversee the expansion of the firm’s patent portfolio so that it could be used as currency for building relationships with other firms,” Gutierrez wrote. “Big firms, small firms, open source firms – we intended to work with anyone and everyone to produce the technology innovations that will help us remain at the forefront of new markets and business opportunities.“As Marshall would often say: ‘We don’t need to be driven by a blind strategy to maximise royalties. What we need is greater collaboration with other forces in the industry,’” Gutierrez added.“This decision to focus on relationship building required that we treat intellectual property in a fundamentally new way,” Gutierrez added. “We could no longer view IP as primarily the right to prevent others from using our technology or competing in our market. In the age of open innovation, intellectual property’s greatest value would lie in serving as the currency for collaborative relationships with other firms that could help us acquire the technologies and competencies we needed to remain successful.”Amdocs had no comment on the deal, according to a spokesperson. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

What Would Make AOL Relevant Again (Not Refreshed Email)

first_imgAs attention fades for Yahoo’s latest CEO switch, we turn to another Internet pioneer — AOL. That company has a new version of its Web-based email software, is basking in good quarterly earnings and this week saw its stock price briefly hit a yearly high. Talk about mixed emotions, the rally followed one of its lowest rates of decline in revenue in a while.Recent good financials were aided by the sale of more than $1 billion worth of patents to Microsoft. Had it not made that deal, AOL would have lost more than $30 million last quarter. Like Yahoo, it’s a big company that has lost its way. And no better example of that strategy is the update of their webmail (below) that is being brought online in the next week.  8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The update is the first major overhaul of AOL mail in nearly five years. In that time, AOL has bled email customers to Gmail and others. comScore says the free AOLmail service has 24 million users, which contrasts with the numbers of paid AOL subscribers at fewer than 5 million. At AOL’s peak, it had about 27 million paid subscribers.(Whether you believe these numbers or not, there still are lots of folks with inactive AOL.com accounts. I probably have four or five AOLmail accounts, none of which I have checked in probably 10 years.) The company said that its new email interface is cleaner, but it’s still pretty cluttered compared to Gmail and even Hotmail. AOL execs also claim the backend infrastructure is faster and more stable. That’s nice, but it’s something that they should be working on continuously.Probably the most noticeable new email feature is Facebook messaging that is integrated with AOL’s Instant Messenger and SMS texts. And the messaging center is right on the email screen, in the same position as Google’s integrated chat window. Did it really take them five years to figure this out?AOL had been an email leader in the early days. Back in 1992, it had one of the earliest and most connected email gateways to CompuServe, MCI Mail, AT&T Mail, AppleLink, Sprint Mail and other Internet-connected systems. A year later, it was the only online provider with a palm-top software client. This was back when we all used dial-up.AOL was also the go-to IM network when IM was the defacto teen communications tool. Too bad this generation has since moved on to texting and sexting.AOL sowed the seeds of its decline with the buyout of Compuserve, Netscape and, eventually, Time Warner. It couldn’t decide whether it was a media or a technology company. In the past several years it has bought numerous content properties, such as HuffingtonPost, Engadget, TechCrunch, Patch and my favorite video-streaming site, 5min.com.It has more than a billion dollars in cash still on hand, so expect it to buy more content providers. And their ad sales are improving, basically replacing the revenue from all those dial-up customers and people who have turned off their $20 monthly Internet service.All of this may be too late to save AOL email. Regardless of what the Web interface looks like, having an email address at aol.com is akin to broadcasting that you live in a shabby neighborhood where few people tend their lawns. And while it is great that AOL has a renewed webmailer, it isn’t going to bring people back.Let’s face facts: If you’ve got mail, you are reading it somewhere else. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts david strom Tags:#AOL#web last_img read more