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.
#35 Good for AOL, but not good
Tuesday January 11th, 2000 10:06 PM
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I did not like the content, and still do not.
I think the junk mail is the fault of AOL. They never should have made people's screen names the same as their e-mail addresses. This made it impossible to chat or have a user profile without giving away an e-mail address to the bots designed to collect AOL screen names. Troll AOL scavengers... Die AOL vultures. This could have been prevented by alowing e-mail addresses that are different from the screen names, like Prodigy did. I never received junk mail through Prodigy. Also, AOL's e-mail filters are too limited. They should give up and allow people to use separate e-mail software through POP3 or IMAP. Of course they will not do that because then they will not be able to include their advertisement banners with every message.
I think they should have two voices. One voice could say "You've got mail!" and the other could say "You've got junk mail!"