In Patch redesign, more focus on users — and less on editors

In a move to increase community and social networking and decrease reliance on paid editors and writers, Aol’s struggling hyperlocal site Patch is rolling out a redesign today in five Long Island towns. The redesign will spread to 50 more communities this year.

paidContent turns 10: A brief history of digital media

Remember when Friendster was the hot social network, publishers doubted that ebooks would ever sell, and Netflix (s NFLX) thought DVDs in red envelopes was the future? We do — that was that state of digital media when paidContent launched in 2002.

Aol tells a better earnings story for Q2

Aol has been in turnaround mode for years — this time, it looks like the turns are in the right direction. Advertising up, revenue decline almost flat, subscription churn lowest in a decade, latest re-org underway.

Tim Armstrong isn’t selling TechCrunch

Now that Arianna Huffington is no longer in charge of the tech properties at AOL, what does the future hold for TechCrunch and Engadget? Not a sale, says CEO Tim Armstrong. Instead, he plans to invest in scaling the brands.

Does AOL need HuffPost more than HuffPost needs AOL?

Arianna Huffington says everything is fine at AOL and she doesn’t mind having her power reduced, but she also admits that private-equity firms have raised the idea of a spin-off of Huffington Post. Could this be the beginning of the end for the faded former portal?

Tim Armstrong may have saved AOL, but at what cost?

Just over a year after AOL acquired the Huffington Post, much of the integration between the two is being unwound, and control over key elements of the business are reverting to founder Arianna Huffington. Should AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong be watching his back?