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.

#46 Re: Tanyel

by Tanyel <>

Wednesday January 12th, 2000 11:21 PM

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I like when you say my name.

AOL has not shared its lines yet, and definitely has not shared them for free. If it does, I want one of those free connections in my home.

If I were to compare the greed of AOL with the greed of AT&T, I would consider AOL's sacrifice of customer service in order to gain new customers.

They should have refunded money for the unlimited access they promised but did not deliver. If they did refund money, my check has not arrived yet.

AOL has the nerve to promise unlimited access and then harrass people to sign off every 10 minutes. They also had the nerve to offer people busy signals and slow service, and then raise their price. They also convinced people to download a 15 megabyte web browser, some of them through a 56k modem or even 14.4k, only to add a Shop@Netscape button. That is pure AOL evil. I am glad there are plans to make the Netscape 5 interface completely customizable. Maybe I will find a way to get rid of the Shop@Netscape button. That will probably be the one element that is hard-coded into the browser.

I am think your feelings about AT&T may be justified. Maybe AT&T is evil too, but they are obviously not as good at it as AOL.