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Time Warner To Sell Part of AOL, Possiby As Pre-Cursor to Google Sale

Time Warner announced it is planning on splitting apart and selling its AOL division in multiple parts, getting rid of all or most of the ISP/internet portal/software/communications company. First to be sold will likely be AOL’s online service, the ISP that used to be king of the internet access world. Many are theorizing that once unburdened by AOL’s past, AOL’s search and portal might be served up as an acquisition target for Google.

Should Google buy AOL, if offered at a decent price? Probably not, unless we’re talking super cheap, like under $3 billion. Otherwise, AOL would be a better fit being bought by IAC. AOL Search could be redirected to Ask Search, and could become the portal of IAC/Ask. AOL has a lot of properties IAC could use a lot more than Google, if IAC has the cash to go for it.

photo of the Time Warner Center, another beautiful photo by wallyg under CC license

February 7th, 2008 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Ask, AOL | 2 comments

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  1. I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Chris Moran

    Comment by Chris Moran | February 7, 2008

  2. […] TimeWarner plant offenbar AOL zu zerschlagen und in Einzelteilen zu verkaufen. Die Unternehmensbereiche Search und Portal sollen angeblich an Google verkauft werden, wobei da nicht nur ich persönlich meine Zweifel habe. Das Portalgeschäft hat Google bislang (aus gutem Grund) komplett ausgeschlagen, Search wird ohnehin schon von Google bedient. Ein Kauf könnte höchstens rein strategischer Natur sein, um die hohen Reichweiten der AOL-Suche nicht an einen Wettbewerber zu verlieren, und diesen zuvor zu kommen. […]

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