How the AOL-Time Warner Merger Went So Wrong
Interviews with the key players involved with the AOL-Time Warner merger about its euphoric rise and pitiful fall. [more inside]
Welcome to Mosaic Communications Corporation!
It was 1994, and the World Wide Web as we know it today was about to be born. [more inside]
Until recently solely targeting luddites thru the medium of nubile women with Matrix-style code flittering over their tits, AOL UK has changed tack with a batshit orgy of self-Godwinisation
for their latest television advertisement. [partially Adobe Flash video]
visualisation now comes by default with Time Warner's Winamp
, and is the greatest thing ever.
"By now, every investor recognizes that Time Warner made a very large mistake by merging with AOL in early 2001."
A free-falling stock price, continued loss of customers to cable and telephone DSL and "a murky strategy for moving its customers to high-speed connections"
has AOL Time Warner on the ropes. At least one analyst is suggesting a spinoff. Bigger is better? Not in this case.
Time Warner/AOL to charge more for cable bandwidth hogs.
No idea exactly what the bandwidth limits will be, but, according to this article, a tiered pricing structure is in the works. Grrr...
AOL Time Warner Was A Mistake.
The stock price is in the toilet (relatively speaking), and analysts are proclaiming the Biggest Merger Ever to be a thundering dud. Are huge mergers like this unsustainable?
AOL Time Warner's Marketing Wizardry
: "With its Hollywood studio, Warner Bros., AOL leveraged its promotional and advertising might across its empire of Internet, cable TV, movie, music and magazine outlets to ensure that kids, parents, teens and everyone else knew that "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was debuting in theaters Nov. 16. In the days leading up to the film's release, tracking studies showed an extraordinary 100% awareness among moviegoers that "Harry Potter" was coming."
The cheesiest element
of the Christmas season has returned, and now AOL/Time Warner gets into the Ch-ch-ch-chia! act
aol time warner center - one central park
welcome to five-star living. at the center of everything.
Just call us Peoples' Telephone & Telegraph.
[NYTimes, reg req] A federal appeals court claims that by restricting AT&T and AOLTW from expanding their cable service areas, First Amendment rights have been violated. Thus: these two companies will continue to be the only games in town.
Ted no longer 'owns' Braves
Hey all of you who hate the Atlanta Braves: Here's at least one positive result of the AOL/Time Warner Merger.
Have you been getting those annoying ICQ ad banners like me? Well, it appears that AOL/TimeWarner has been testing out ads in the ICQ IM interface
. The backlash has begun. Here's
a site that'll tell you how to get rid of some of the banners. My friend
's also gone ahead and taken the liberty to hack the ICQ dll that causes the ads to appear and has full instructions on how to remove the ads permanently from your ICQ. Hurry and grab those dll's before he gets slashdotted
FTC unanimously approves AOL/Time Warner merger.
With a couple of restraint-avoidance conditions. Wonder who's gonna enforce
those... Aw, crap.
AOL's walled garden.
Anyone who doesnt think that AOL will only link to AOL/Time Warner properties in the broadband future is fooling themselves.
We all knew eventually TimeWarner would exert some pressure on AOL for owning/running winamp.com
as a portal to steal TimeWarner artists' work. Yesterday, winamp took down their search engine
(here's the current result for all searches
). Is this just the first step by TimeWarner? How long will winamp continue to last?
Maybe I should learn VB or whatever's required to make a browser widget that blinks whenever I'm at a site owned by AOL
. There are tons of them, and I bet the thing would be blinking all the time, what with all the wholly owned subsidiaries of this and that. Of course, it would be built on an open architecture, so we could add Microsoft (where's their list?), and anyone else that needs watching.
Salon is running a great article about the AOL/TimeWarner merger
that brings up plenty of issues we should all be concerned about. I can't remember the last time a company merger affected so many. This deal touches everyone, from what my grandparents watch on TV at night to what I'll be allowed to see on my RoadRunner cable modem. Just thinking of how they're going to control TV, movies, music, news, and the internet sends chills up and down my spine.