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A few minor updates:

  1. Fixed tag modal not opening repeatedly
  2. Fixed mail link not working in chrome for Gmail
  3. Fixed default option set to off for automatic mark all as read options
  4. Reading list is viewed by default for all tags (same as starred)

Maintenance Update - Done!

Update: The maintenance is finished, please let us know if you are not seeing new articles.

Between 7am to 10am EST tomorrow morning (1/7), our backend system will be down for maintenance. During this time reader is still accessible but you will not be able to see new articles.

We will provide an update once the maintenance is finished or if the schedule has changed.

Add Feed and OPML Import Issues - Fixed

We have pushed an update to fix the add feed and OPML import issues (see here).

Paused on feed updates - [Update]

Update [18:08]: We have restarted the system, articles should be coming in again.

Due to an unrelated issue, we have to stop our feed crawlers temporarily. We apologise for the inconvenience we may have caused and we will provide an update ASAP.

Stability Issues [Completed]

Update [10:20 EST]
Both issues have been resolved. We will continue to monitor the system to make sure it's stable moving forward.

Update [16:02 EST]
We had a hiccup with our database which caused the feeds update issue.We are working with our DBAs to have it resolved.
As for the unread count issue, we have a potential fix for that. The rollout will be gradual so we can monitor the update.

For the past couple days we have been running into issues that caused the system to become unstable. Over the course of the next few days, we'll be making updates to fix these issues. You can follow our progress in here and here.

Reader's availability and article updates issues [RESOLVED]

Articles update was behind because of a database issue that was resolved last night. Most, if not all, of your feeds should be updated.

Our front end servers experienced some hiccups this morning, causing some of you not able to reach our site. This is currently resolved and we are investigating the root cause.

If you are still running in either issues, please let us know here.

Issue saving an article's state [FIXED]

Update: The issue has been resolved.

There's seem to be an issue not allowing users to change an article's state (mark as read, starred, etc). The engineering team is looking into it, we will have an update as soon as possible. You can follow this post, our social media, or our help forum for updates. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Temporarily Unavailable - Update

Update: We are back online! Let us know if you are seeing any issues.

We will be doing maintenance on our backend servers and there will be some downtime up to 1 hour. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Updated: Authentication Issue

Update (16:31): Issue is resolved

For users who are using our iOS app or any third party apps, we are having an issue with our authentication system that causes mobile apps not able to talk to our servers. For now, the workaround is access Aol Reader via your browser. We apologise for the inconvenience and will provide an update as soon as possible.

New Settings

In this release we are adding new settings per your suggestions:
  • Ability to sort sharing list order - you can drag and drop the sharing list to set up the list the way you want.
  • Change the font size in the left panel - 3 options are available (small/medium/large).
  • Update font preference with more options - we provide more granular control including a 'Justified' open and column alignment.
  • Select default start page - you can choose what you want to read when you open Aol Reader.
On top of that, we now provide font preference in tablet view and feed titles as alt text in the left panel.

Hover over a feed will show you the full feed title

Updated font preference

New font size setting for the left panel

Drag and drop the sharing options to change the order

Choose a feed or a category as your start page

As always, please let us know if you have issues or suggestions. Happy reading!