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ukgimp, with all the recent mergers and acquisitions, there isn't much left for MS to purchase. AOL would be a viable option and may bring them back into the search game.
Internet service provider American Online has the right to buy about 1.9 million preferred shares of Google for around $22 million, under a 2002 deal with the world's No. 1 Web search engine, AOL parent Time Warner said in a recent filing.
Looks like there could be some competition for it then. Is there any reason Yahoo couldn't afford to buy AOL as well? It isn't as if they couldn't do with the extra boost in the search engine wars. That would put them well ahead of Google and MSN in terms of traffic.
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Which is where I first got wind of this.
Make that three IMs. ICQ is owned by AOL as well.Well, I've been wanting to try Jabber, but no one I know seems to use it.
They would have a separate 'portal' and huge memberbase, and they could continue to run Google separately to maintain their brand and focus on search. It would also prevent the AOL search stream from being taken away by one of Googles competitors.
Considering the animosity in the past between AOL and MSN, and the existing friendliness between AOL and Google, it seems like a no-brainer to me.
Go Google, Go Google, Go, Go, Go Google!