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.
#22 Re: What if AOL were working on an OS? n/t
Tuesday January 11th, 2000 3:09 AM
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It would be the first operating system that is shipped to everybody's house on a monthly basis. It would probably be time-limited shareware, with the first 250 hours free.
Instead of shoving Internet Explorer down everybody's throat, AOL would be an "integrated" part of the system, and it would be loaded constantly, even when the user was not online. The file manager would be replaced with that stupid file cabinet. Any zip file, with more than one file in it, would be converted to a mime file for no apparent reason.
Every time the user booted the computer, it would say "You've got software!" Every time they shut down the computer, it would say "Goodbye!"
There would be a Shop@aol button on the desktop, along with a Shop@netscape button, a Shop@Time button, and a Shop@France button.
Every 15 minutes, the computer would stop working and say "A request from the system has taken longer than expected." This would be followed by a prompt, unconditional shutdown.