You’ve read all of your free items this month. To register, get added benefits and unlimited access to articles, Become a Member. Already a Member? Sign in. Advertising Age Article Abstract AOL Begins Massive Round of Layoffs at Patch, Shuttering of Sites About 500 Staffers to Lose Jobs, Up to 40% of Patch Sites to Shutter By Alex Kantrowitz, Published on August 16, 2013 0 Want more Access, Content & Connections? Upgrade to Membership. We are glad you are enjoying Advertising Age. To get uninterrupted access and additional benefits, become a member today. Register Now Already a member? Log in.