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.
#33 So i'm not danielhill, but...
Tuesday January 11th, 2000 7:22 PM
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AT&T promised long distance services. When we paid for this service, we were able to make long distance calls. There were no advertisements forced on us, no additional "features" we did not request, and the service actually worked.
In order for me to despise AT&T as much as AOL, AT&T's lines would have to be busy half of the times I wanted to make a long-distance call, my phone would have to say "You've got long distance!" every time I received a call, some of the long distance services would have to be unavailable on a regular basis, the phone calls would have to be non-standard and incompatible with the phone systems of non-AT&T customers, and there would have to be a Shop@ATT button on my telephone.
If you are referring to AT&T's denial of high-speed Internet options to other companies, I have mixed feelings about that issue. If I paid a large amount of money to create something and somebody wanted me to share it with them for free, so they could compete against me, I would probably feel cheated. However, I do not believe AT&T should be the only company to have use of its high-speed Internet access, and they probably do not deserve that position.