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Carl Icahn, the great pillager of airlines, seems to have it for Time Warner. The corporate raider who is as savvy about the post-broadband landscape as David Hasselhof is about rap music, wants Time Warner to sell off its cable assets, and get rid of AOL. […]

Carl Icahn, the great pillager of airlines, seems to have it for Time Warner. The corporate raider who is as savvy about the post-broadband landscape as David Hasselhof is about rap music, wants Time Warner to sell off its cable assets, and get rid of AOL. Never mind that his last effort at such meddling didn’t go down so well.

Question: if AOL was such a dog, why would not one but three suitors, all flush with cash line-up to get a piece of the action? Microsoft, Google and Comcast are all interested in working out a deal where they can get a piece of AOL. The New York Times says ever wily old fox, Rupert Murdoch was interested in getting in on the AOL action,

Time Warner, I hope doesn’t fall prey to the “management by Wall Street” syndrome. I remember another great company, AT&T, that paid too much attention to some of the dimwits in downtown Manhattan. Instead, it would be wise to pay attention to Rupert Murdoch, and his recent forays into broadband and the Internet world. The man is borrowing money to get aboard the always on bandwagon. I think if there is one eternal truth about the media landscape, it is Rupert’s ability to see around the corner. Time Warner’s future is with AOL, and not without it.

(Disclosure: I work for Business 2.0 magazine, which like AOL is owned by Time Warner.)

  1. Google and Comcast would be similar to Yahoo/Bells.
    AOL and Comcast would be similar to Yahoo/Bells.
    AOL and Google would be similar to Yahoo, but better, much better.
    AOL and Google and Comcast =
    advertising + content + pipe = multi-dimension reach

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  2. I think TW should spin off AOL, so they could still get a payoff for it’s much higher valuation without giving up future growth.

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  3. Giants Realigning for Web 2.0 Era?

    As Cynthia noted yesterday, AOL, whose merger with Time Warner marked the peak of Web 1.0 inflated valuations, is now at the center of a potential realignment among industry giants, all of whom are jockeying for competitive advantage in the…

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  4. Om, Carl Icahn is work about $8 billion. Before you poo-poo on his investment acumen, just remember that his self-made wealth blows away everybody on Sand Hill Road.

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  5. [...] Carl Ichan wants to break-up Time Warner. His banking cronies are egging him on. It is a dumb idea. I have said it before, and will say it again. Maybe Wall Street should pay attention to Rupert Murdoch and ignore Carl “Clueless” Ichan. [...]

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