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.

#24 Re: What Time Warner gets

by danielhill <>

Tuesday January 11th, 2000 6:49 AM

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-quote- I used to be an AOL hater, and they have done a few things that aren't all that great, and their e-mail client sucks, but I now see AOL as one of the main drivers of the Internet revolution, and I think this deal will accelerate that further. -unquote-

What, by offering new users crud? That disconnects you after 15 minutes with simplistic but cryptic messages (Packet Reflection occured, or The host has stopped acknowleging).

IMO AOL is ruining the Internet. I know someone who never touched a computer before, used the AOL 100 hour trial and decided she hates the Internet and computers. All the perverts and the slow speed. Then I logged my ISP account on her machine, and showed her around.

And anybody that thinks settop boxes are the future need their heads checked. I'm sorry, you cannot use the Internet sitting 3 metres from a blurry TV picture.