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AOL is moving to New York City

One of the larger employers in the Dulles Area, is moving its headquarters from Virginia to New York City.  It’ll still have "significant operations" in Dulles, presumably their data centers. according to the Post, most of the 4,000 people employed here will remain in Northern Virginia.

Locally, the move is not expected to make an immediate economic impact. But local officials acknowledged it deals a symbolic blow to the region, where AOL has served as the area’s biggest technology success story, even as it weathered tough times during the tech bust.

The company is transforming into a more advertising and content related company. 

The company will continue to have office space in Virginia, Mountain View, CA, and other locations. But the headquarters will be moving to New York, which is widely seen as the advertising capital of the country.

HT: downloads squad

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What a waste of tax dollars

Umm, seriously, a pool with a water slide?  Why do public pools feel the need to compete with pools from homeowner associations?  If theres no demand for public pools, that money would be better spent elsewhere, like in schools, police, fire.  Or better yet, by lowering taxes.

A $2 million renovation, dedicated yesterday, is part of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority’s effort to woo residents from the increasing number of pools run by homeowners associations, officials said.

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A tale of gas prices in VA

Don Bodreauk writes about an effort in 2002 by ExxonMobile, Texaco, BP to keep gasoline prices from falling in Virginia. It’s ridiculous that we so frequently see corporations on one hand use the free market as an excuse to keep themeseleves from being regulated and also look for legislative protection from its workings.

Local distributors for ExxonMobile, Texaco, BP, and other major oil companies asked the state legislature to protect them from the low gasoline prices charged by Sheetz and Wawa, two innovative companies that operate conveniences stores on the east coast.

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Earth’s-A-Shaking

Apparently the Washington DC area felt an earthquake today. My friend Nyk thought I was making fun of his boots when I asked him if he had noticed it. Luckily I was alerted by my Eddie Pope and Bobby Convey bobbleheads. The movement was very subdued, not enough to move books or anything on my desk but enough to cause it to humm.