News Summary: AOL wants to organize email clutter

Associated Press
This screenshot shows a preview for Alto, AOL Inc. launched Alto on Thursday,Oct. 18, 2012, not as a new email service, but rather, Alto works in concert with other email accounts to clean out and organize messages, social network notifications, daily deals, photos and email attachments. The service is available for free by invitation to users in a closed “beta” test. (AP Photo/Alto)
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This screenshot shows a preview for Alto, AOL Inc. launched Alto on Thursday,Oct. 18, 2012, not as a new email service, but rather, Alto works in concert with other email accounts to clean out and organize messages, social network notifications, daily deals, photos and email attachments. The service is available for free by invitation to users in a closed “beta” test. (AP Photo/Alto)

GETTING ORGANIZED: AOL Inc. launched Alto, which works with other email accounts to clean out and organize messages, social network notifications, daily deals, photos and email attachments.

AVAILABILITY: The service is available for free by invitation to users in a closed "beta" test.

HOW IT WORKS: Users can set up Alto so that mass-emails, such as those from retailers or daily deals sites, skip their inbox entirely and show up only in Alto. Among other things, it also lets users "snooze" certain emails, which can be useful for bill pay notifications or invites.

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