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.
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Tuesday January 11th, 2000 9:49 PM
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I do not think losing MSNBC would kill Time-Warner Cable. I think it would kill MSNBC.
I think if Microsoft creates a "bug" to make AOL stop working, Microsoft will be setting itself up for its next lawsuit, which AOL might win since they are just as rich and unscrupulous as Microsoft.
With Time-Warner, AOL could survive without being an Internet service provider at all.
There is no "bug" Microsoft can create that cannot be circumvented. If Microsoft keeps creating new "bugs", people will realize the bugs are created solely to stop AOL. As I said before, if millions of people upgrade Windows and it abruptly destroys their connection to the Internet, the ones with cognitive ability will blame Microsoft and demand that the problem be fixed.
I have been thinking about this.
Die, Microsoft and AOL Time-Warner. I do not care which one dies first. Just die.