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.
#29 Re: Re: Re: Battle Lines Being Drawn
Tuesday January 11th, 2000 9:58 AM
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If Microsoft could have killed AOL, it would have happened by now. They tried to compete with their Internet service, and failed. They tried to compete with their instant messenging software and failed again.
If what I have read is the case, then it seems Microsoft's last resort is to make their software malicious in a way that will prevent AOL from running properly. Resorting to such a blatant tactic is a sign of Microsoft running out of options.
If AOL were to die, assuming there were no licensing problems, Netscape and Mozilla would still survive. It would probably reside on an open source server, such as those of SourceFourge.
Even if AOL's internet dominance was decreased, their newly acquired television dominance would keep them alive. It would be interesting to see Microsoft keep AOL off of all new versions of Windows. It would also be interesting to see what happens to MSNBC and all of those channels, which used to show Microsoft advertisements.
Let the battle begin.