Comments on: Will AOL go private? http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/31/will-aol-go-private/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Laurie Cribbs http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/31/will-aol-go-private/comment-page-1/#comment-54314 Mon, 06 Oct 2014 23:26:19 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9642#comment-54314 Some genuinely great posts on this website , thanks for contribution.

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By: Shirely Bezner http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/31/will-aol-go-private/comment-page-1/#comment-52049 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:50:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9642#comment-52049 This situation article’s theme is certainly quite stylish! Pleasing have in common! Could you keep all of us up to date.

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By: waxgirl333 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/31/will-aol-go-private/comment-page-1/#comment-30392 Thu, 01 Sep 2011 13:22:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9642#comment-30392 Hey they could make a ton of money off a reality show “Arianna and KKR” Imagine what it would be like to see those two try to work together.

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By: Moopheus http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/31/will-aol-go-private/comment-page-1/#comment-30359 Wed, 31 Aug 2011 19:37:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9642#comment-30359 Wait, AOL is still around? Who knew?

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By: DigitalMediaGuy http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/31/will-aol-go-private/comment-page-1/#comment-30347 Wed, 31 Aug 2011 18:39:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9642#comment-30347 Agree this is a great post, nicely sums up the situation. Too bad a break-up of the business for the benefit of the public shareholders, who might realize as much as $30-40/sh in value, isn’t on the table. Instead, the Board seems content to entertain lower offers from others who will realize that value at the expense of current stockholders (even adjusting for risk and time).

One can only hope Mr. Armstrong puts current shareholders ahead of any personal motivations to remain a public company CEO or to salvage his track record through value-destructive undertakings.

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By: ZacBissonnette http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/31/will-aol-go-private/comment-page-1/#comment-30344 Wed, 31 Aug 2011 18:06:19 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9642#comment-30344 Great post. Question for Felix: Other than convenience/it “seeming” to make sense, is there any good reason for AOL to be investing the money from the declining access biz to try to build an online media company, giving how low-reward that business has been for many others?

I mean, couldn’t you make a case that AOL would be better off using the money to transform itself into a REIT by paying cash for busted condo projects in Miami Beach, renting them out to generate cash, and then maybe selling them when the real estate market there rebounds?

I mean if the goal of a public company is to generate ROE — which it is — online content just seems to be a strange business to be in. . .

Warren Buffett once said — paraphrasing — that the market of a dying business is one that no one would start if it didn’t already exist. AOL would seem to be a classic example of that, no?

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By: theinfamoush6 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/31/will-aol-go-private/comment-page-1/#comment-30342 Wed, 31 Aug 2011 17:25:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9642#comment-30342 web content is expensive, but it’s all breakable;

you’ve been blogging recently about differences in online paywalls, and I just wanted to add that the ft’s is easily breakable as well. When they show you the authorisation box, in the url bar appears code that says
?authorised=false.html and then a whole “string” of nonsense. If you just change that to
?authorised=true.html, you don’t have to pay to read the ft either.

I think huffpo together with patch.com are the future of aol’s business, and I could imagine them selling a lot of their 90s business model so they can focus on growing into a free content oriented internet, which even the nyt and ft are not ready for. Mapquest and AIM go well with a focus on local news, as to be honest does moviefone. sell the company, except for the online local news business that aol wants to start, but make sure huffpo patch integrates with all those valuable services (mapquest, aim moviefone), and aol would have few to no costs within a company perfectly positioned to attack local newspapers with online local blogging. and they could even be a private company again.

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By: KenG_CA http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/31/will-aol-go-private/comment-page-1/#comment-30334 Wed, 31 Aug 2011 15:35:47 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9642#comment-30334 I hope somebody like KKR buys AOL. The private equity crowd is part of the population that has extracted far more value from society than they have contributed. Buying AOL would be a way for them to give some of that parasitically extracted wealth back, kind of like Fox did with their MySpace acquisition.

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