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Time Warner's new chief executive officer confirmed Wednesday that the media company is separating its struggling AOL access business from the division's growing online advertising business, a move that could lead to the sale of the traditional dial-up unit.
Jeff Bewkes, Time Warner's CEO, said the company also may move to sell all or some of Time Warner Cable, which has seen its separate stock slide by about 40% since the company put a 16% stake up for sale to the public a year ago.
Time Warner may shed AOL unit and cable [money.cnn.com]
And here's speculation from Wired about AOL's position in view of Microsoft's attempted Yahoo take-over, and the prospects of AOL being acquired:
AOL's prospects are limited, to say the least, in light of a possible deal between Microsoft and Yahoo...
...Here's the catch: AOL would make a delicious little acquisition for any business serious about pursuing the online advertising market.
It all makes for interesting timing, with AOL's purchase of buy.at affiliate network [webmasterworld.com].
[edited by: Marcia at 3:25 am (utc) on Feb. 7, 2008]
That would raise serious anti-trust issues, if Google tried to use their market position to force suppliers to lower their prices.