01
Apr
Android_Dance

Today is a big day for all of us here at AP, but more so for our loyal and dedicated readers!

Over the past few weeks Artem and the senior editorial team behind AP have been in deep discussions with Tim Armstrong, CEO and Chairman of AOL, and Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, and early this morning an agreement was reached that would see AP join the ranks of the veritable who's who of tech blogs, such as TechCrunch and Engadget.

So how did all of this happen? And what happens to AP now?

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A few days after we broke the story on the "Mother of All Android Malware," we were contacted by Ms. Huffington for an informal chat over tea and crumpets. After a heated debate over the lack of Earl Grey, we agreed to postpone the meeting till a later date when cooler heads could prevail. Soon, Artem and Ms. Huffington became practically inseparable and were often seen taking late night strolls across the Golden Gate Bridge. Last weekend they even managed a short getaway to Saint Moritz for some skiing. All of this was of course intended to woo us over to AOL's growing content producing arm (a.k.a. "the sweatshop").

Our fearless leader fell to the charms of the wily Greek magnate and we duly signed our souls over to AOL for an undisclosed amount.

Nothing will drastically change at AP immediately. We will still be providing high quality reporting on all things Android, but we are also contractually obliged to have at least one attention grabbing link-bait headline per day.

Welcome to the new world order.

Abhiroop Basu
Abhiroop Basu is an opinionated tech and digital media blogger. As a doe-eyed twenty-something he started his first blog TechComet to comment on anything tech-related that caught his omniscient eye. Since then he has blogged for Android Police, Make Tech Easier, and This Green Machine. In the real world, Abhiroop Basu is a resident of Singapore and the Editor of The Digit, a subsidiary of The Potato Productions Group.

  • Mike

    I calling bs on the basis of today being april fools. I rest my case.

  • Jeff

    ya ya ya April Fools to you too!!!

  • Sdkippy

    I might have believed this any other day, might have. Not today.

  • Cameron Summerson

    Abhiroop, you're the man.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/abhiroop-basu/ Abhiroop

      Thanks Cameron!

  • Gunther

    Lame. You guys couldn't even come up with an original April Fools joke. Phandroid already used the AOL Got us line.

    Oh well, better luck next year.

    http://phandroid.com/2011/04/01/farewell-fellow-phandroids-my-last-post/

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Except the idea was passed around the team 3 days ago and this post was written midday yesterday. You'll note it went up at 7:00:00 AM PST on the dot - because it was edited and scheduled last night.

      Shouldn't have posted in light of Phandroid beating us to the punch a few hours earlier, but nobody was around to stop it in time.

    • ari-free

      the funny thing is that android police had an article complaining about the expected flood of lame April Fools jokes.

  • bobomb

    Please no.

    10char

  • TareX

    I believe this has something to do with a 24-hr period of post-March hilarity.

  • Mark

    "but we are also contractually obliged to have at least one attention grabbing link-bait headline per day."

    I LOL'D. :D :D :D

  • Lucian Armasu

    Wishful thinking eh?

  • prettyboygwapo

    dammit i almost fell for it.

  • ari-free

    ugh no. AOhell is evil. I don't even bother checking out a link if it is from engadget

  • jrb

    I would have enjoyed this a whole lot more if you had 'shopped in Tim Armstrong from Rancid/Operation Ivy/Transplants/etc.

  • David M

    Amazing, almost every website I have subscribed to for tech is owned by AOL. I'm still never going to bookmark or go on their site.

  • Mike

    I now expect a follow up blog post from every AP member within a week declaring they are leaving AP but it has nothing to do with AOL.

    • b1ll

      Lmao, made me lol.

  • Andrew Kachaniwsky

    Hopefully AP will no longer re-post articles from The Onion now that they're tied to these guys.