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AOL may get eaten by Microsoft

Time Warner’s been ready to unload this for a while — hence the “AOL” being dropped from its name some time ago — and now, unbelievably, Microsoft wants this dinosaur? (NYP):

In a deal that would unite two of America’s corporate giants as partners in the Internet business, Time Warner is in advanced discussions to sell a stake in America Online to Microsoft, The Post has learned.

According to two sources familiar with the matter, Time Warner is in talks with Microsoft about selling the stake in AOL and then combining it with Microsoft’s Web unit MSN. Under the plan being considered, Microsoft would pay some money to Time Warner for the AOL stake, leaving the two companies approximately equal partners in the venture.

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