Here is a quick roundup of the stories occupying the most digital media mindshare today: AOL sells patents to Microsoft for over $1 billion cash; Windows Phone gets mainstream promotional push; Netflix shares algorithm information and establishes political action committee; Mashable, Dick Clark and Tubefilter partner on original content.


AOL is selling over 800 of its patents to Microsoft for $1.056 billion in cash, but secured a license to use them.

AOL – press release

Wall Street Journal – AOL to Sell Patents to Microsoft for $1.1 Billion

TechCrunch – AOL Sells 800 Patents For $1.1 Billion To Microsoft [with memo]

VentureBeat – In an effort to goose stock price, AOL sells the majority of its patents to Microsoft for $1B


Microsoft promotes interest in Windows Phone with “time” giveaways

Microsoft – press release

CNET – Microsoft gives away ‘free time’ to promote Windows Phone

PCWorld – Microsoft Hands Out “Free Time” in Windows Phone Stunt


Netflix shares peek at its recommendation algorithm, establishes political action committee

Netflix Techblog post – Netflix Recommendations: Beyond the 5 stars (Part 1)

FierceCable – Recommendation engine drives 75% of Netflix traffic

Engadget – Netflix explains its recommendation system, can’t find a reason for Adam Sandler’s last movie

Politico – Netflix forms PAC

CNET – Netflix powers up PAC to boost Washington profile


Dick Clark Productions, Mashable and Tubefilter partner on original content

The Wrap – Mashable Pushes Into Original Video Programming With Dick Clark Prods


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