AOL and Time Warner to Merge

Monday January 10th, 2000

CNNfn is reporting that AOL and Time Warner have made public their plans to merge, with AOL shareholders getting 55% of the merged company, called AOL Time Warner.

Time Warner's boss will remain chief executive, and Steve Case of AOL will become the company's chairman.

As AOL rolls out their set-top and other technological initiatives this year, they can only benefit from being in the same corner as Time Warner, whose well known brands (HBO, Time Magazine, CNN, Turner Broadcasting Co.) could be brought into the fray for promotion and cross-marketing purposes. And since non-PC Internet devices will require not only cheap software, but scalable solutions (as Nokia and Intel have found), don't be surprised if you see Mozilla's name appearing in more and more press releases this year.

Thanks to onyo for the news.

#14 Clash of the Titans?

by mattcasey <>

Monday January 10th, 2000 7:38 PM

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As I'm sure many of you have been wondering: will the deal have a positive or negative effect upon the rest of us mettlesome peons of the Internet? AOL could force M$ into some sort of *competition* and force them to introduce actual *features* to their products, and lower prices [that ought to hurt their budget ;) ]. The negative side of the whole deal is that it might simply create another Microsoft, making the landscape similar to what it is now, but with greater incompatability. Hopefully AOL will at least take some of the heat off of M$'s other enemies (Linux, maybe eventually mozilla). As long as I don't have to hear "You've got CNN", the deal might just work out.