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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by Tanyel <>

Wednesday January 12th, 2000 11:00 PM

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Ho hum. Regardless of the "worth" of Bill Gates, AOL Time-Warner could still afford a lawsuit, and they are still just as unscrupulous and Troll-like as Microsoft.

Regardless of popular opinion, AOL users as a whole are not absolutely inept. They have enough sense to understand that if AOL stops working immediately after their latest Windows "critical update", it is probably due to Microsoft and not AOL. I believe a judge would also have enough sense to realize this.

Nobody cares about AOL's content. For goodness sake, nobody cares. The biggest draw is the socialization. Every AOL user I know would be willing to do whatever it takes to maintain this contact, and I believe they are even more loyal than Netscape loyalists.

The process would probably start with a phone call to AOL tech support, at which point some farm animal would answer. Although the tech-support entity probably knows nothing about computers or AOL, that chicken (or cow or whatever) would be trained to talk and manage to utter the words, "It's all Microsoft's fault..." This would be followed by some pre-recorded message from a "live" tech-support officer, which would explain the entire situation. Because farm animals are much more reputable than Microsoft tech support, the AOL users would be convinced, and they would avoid windows updates, forcing Microsoft to work harder to corrupt their software. Also, people outside of AOL would know what Microsoft was doing and this would hurt Microsoft.

If Microsoft died tomorrow, my computer would still work.

With Microsoft dead, it would not take long for Macintosh and Linux to take its place. There would probably be other companies creating operating systems and there would be many initial public offerings. I would probably create some software to take advantage of the presumed death of Windows too. I would also type some very nasty comments about Microsoft and get flamed by Microsoft fans, or maybe there would be no Microsoft fans.

Linux has the potential to become popular with people who are used to Windows. It will seem even more familiar if Linus Torvalds says "Linux will solve all of your problems and do everything you want." That usually sells new versions of Windows.

Maybe Windows NT is not so popular because it requires twice as much memory to run any software. If people only cared about usability then Macintosh would outsell Windows. Maybe that is why every new version of windows is more of an imitation of the Mac interface. Maybe "millenium" will have a flying window logo where the apple should be.