AOL Mulls Breakup, Then Merger with Yahoo

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  1. MajorDomo

    MajorDomo [H]ard as it Gets

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    The one time Internet giant AOL , is reported to be exploring a split off of its dial up internet and display advertising services. The internet business will be sold off and the remaining holdings will be merged with Yahoo. Once known as the world’s largest online community, AOL has suffered loss of membership to faster broadband ISP carriers.

     
  2. Cyraxx

    Cyraxx 2[H]4U

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    Waaaait... AOL never went broadband? Hahahaha oh lawd.
     
  3. 450

    450 [H]ard as it Gets

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    I hated AOL's broadband service because it wasn't Always On. You'd have to login just like you would with dial up and keep AOL running in the background. This wouldn't be as big of a deal nowadays, but back then I only had 512MB RAM.
     
  4. TwistedAegis

    TwistedAegis [H]ardForum Junkie

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    The amazing thing is how they even made it this far.
     
  5. wizdum

    wizdum [H]ard|Gawd

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    They had some deal with Time Warner Cable for broadband (it might have still been Adelphia then). You still had to log in to AOL though, which was weird.
     
  6. 450

    450 [H]ard as it Gets

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    Yeah it was Time Warner for the Cable side of AOL Broadband. I dont remember who handled their DSL operations.
     
  7. Azhar

    Azhar Fixing stupid since 1972

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    Roadrunner is AOL too. Quite popular around Kansas City. My older brother used to have to install the AOL software to install the login authenticator, but it's no longer required.
     
  8. niconx

    niconx 2[H]4U

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    Sunken ship merges with sinking ship?
     
  9. iTYPE

    iTYPE Limp Gawd

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    Yeah, dont keep up with this stuff but I woulda thunk theyd been extinct vwith the dinosaurs.
     
  10. Zarathustra[H]

    Zarathustra[H] Official Forum Curmudgeon

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    They used to annoy the crap out of me with all of their CD's...

    I'm amazed they are still alive with dialup only.

    Even my troglodyte parents got DSL a few years back. I don't know anyone who has a modem anymore, and haven't for YEARS.

    I also did not know that AOL had a map service. I used to use MapQuest until Google maps was launched and I made the switch. Now I never use anything else.
     
  11. p.i.m.p

    p.i.m.p Gawd

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    AOL coasters for sale

    or just chuck em at pigeons
     
  12. Retronym

    Retronym Something big is coming.

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    The real question is who will step forward as the main provider of brittle plastic frisbees to our nation's children?
     
  13. bigstusexy

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    Ahh you beat me to it!
     
  14. Valset

    Valset [H]ardness Supreme

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    hey quit trashing AOL. until they moved to CDs I didn't have to buy floppies at all :D
     
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    WBurchnall 2[H]4U

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    EFT.
     
  16. WBurchnall

    WBurchnall 2[H]4U

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  17. Zarathustra[H]

    Zarathustra[H] Official Forum Curmudgeon

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    Ahh, I wish that were the case for me. I was living in Europe back in the days before CD's.

    I bought a lot of floppies back then... :p
     
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    AOL should of not been so douche and sold their company when they had the chance.

    Now merging with Yahoo is just going to be like adding a $20 bilge pump to the Titanic. Shit is STILL going down LOL!
     
  19. Dylan80

    Dylan80 [H]ard|Gawd

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    Clipped: "AOL, has strengths in maps"

    AOL Maps? MAPQUEST??!?! Wow, that's a lie. Mapquest is very, very weak.

    That's why everyone says they end up at a deadend with mapquest, I heard that lots of times a few years ago.... I haven't heard the word mapquest AT ALL since that. Plus GoogleMaps being Free and much better, mapquest is very far from an AOL "strength"

    AOL just quit, just leave the internet and cash out what's left of your winnings (if any)
     
  20. Blazestorm

    Blazestorm [H]ardness Supreme

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    I thought that was one of the "benefits" of Broadband... always-on connection and no need to login, it was just running :eek:

    Apparently not..
     
  21. Spectrum17

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    Did none of you read the article?

    AOL is in better shape than you think. They have 2.4B in revenue, with 1B from dial-up, and 1.4B from ads. They also have 600M in cash, and almost no debt. Sounds like a pretty well run company to me, although the article did note that they are losing hundreds of thousands of dial-up customers every quarter, so they have to do something about that side of the business.

    I was surprised that Earthlink is still around.
     
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    I know tons of older folks (mostly nuns/brothers) who still use the AOL client for their AOL email. Tried to get a few of them to switch to gmail, but they weren't interested.
     
  23. 450

    450 [H]ard as it Gets

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    If you get rid of AOL you still get to keep your AOL email.
     
  24. az_max

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    I wish someone would sound the death knell at AOL so I can finally get my parents off of it and on to cricket or verizon wireless. My Dad refuses to move because of "all the tech support I get from them". Nevermind that it's AOL that's causing him to need tech support....
     
  25. Ryokurin

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    Why? They are profitable in basically the same way that AOL's dialup division is profitable. Everything's paid for and the costs are largely fixed at this point so its basically is free money. Sure the amount of money is dropping but the only time they really started to lose it was when they tried city wide wifi and funded helio. I don't agree with them buying even more dialup customers to delay the inevitable, but hopefully it's to buy time for them to actually do something new that works.