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Re: Google confirms $1bn stake in AOL

  • Subject: Re: Google confirms $1bn stake in AOL
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2005 06:42:46 +0000
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  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
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__/ [Luigi Donatello Asero] on Wednesday 21 December 2005 04:59 \__

> "Paul" <webmaster@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> skrev i meddelandet
> news:s5ihq1t0uae7ukl35ikegrpfmf2d5edf8r@xxxxxxxxxx
>> http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/4547672.stm
>> Google confirms $1bn stake in AOL
>> [...]
>> AOL founder Steve Case last week backed calls for AOL to be split from
>> Time Warner.
>> Yahoo had also been in talks with Time Warner but dropped out in
>> November, reportedly because the media giant wanted to retain a
>> majority stake in AOL.
> Did Yahoo want to buy a share of AOL?

I've just read somewhere that Yahoo forcibly refused it or held back early
on. One of the big shareholders called the Google-AOL pact a "big mistake".
Google already have a pact with Sun Microsystem as well. They sure get

Speaking of Yahoo, what about TypePad, (as of yesterday) WordPress or even
acquisitions like del.icio.us, Flickr, and Geocities. A quick Web search
also helped discover the following:

    * RocketMail
    * eGroups
    * OddPost
    * Overture
    * Launch
    * ViaWeb

I'm sure they acquired another company recently, but I can't recall its name.

Google are no exception:


It's almost as though every start-up has its success measured by its ability
to get absorbed. ICQ (Mirabilis) were devoured by AOL many years ago. All
instant messengers are bound to giants, let alone information vendors.


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