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.

#43 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Battle Lines Being Drawn

by Dan6992

Wednesday January 12th, 2000 7:07 PM

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"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."

Two things here. Nuber one AOL is no where near as rich as MS. They may be a huge, powerful company, but they can't compare in overall assets (Gates is worth more then AOL). Second MS could introduce a bug into Windows that would prevent AOL from working and just claim it's a networking mistake and that they are working on it. And while AOL is trying to work around this bug they would lose customers left and right to companys like Earthlink, Efortress and all those other companys who have took up the practice of publicly bashing AOL as being slow and unreliable.

I see it this way... If AOL died tomarrow a lot of people would be mad, but the internet would live on. However if MS died tomarrow the world of personal computing would be devistated! The only real consumer level OS out there besides Windows is MAC and it won't run on a x86 PC.

And don't even try and say Linux is consumer level because consumers would much rather deal with an OS that crashes on a regular basis then to give up the user friendliness and hardware compatibility they get from Windows 9x. Just look at Windows NT it is way more stable then 9x (and looks almost identacle) but yet it is not nearly as popular because it's just not as user friendly as 9x.