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The end of AOL?

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AOL announced they will be laying off 5,000 of their 18,000 work force. A fourth of their employees will have to find new jobs, mostly in sales and marketing. A large portion of the cuts will be in Europe where AOL is already working on a deal to sell off their dial-up business to a France telecom.

AOL is going to focus on it's online ad business and try to breath life in to AOL.com and other content properties. They are offering their AOL software with various "utilities" for free to anyone with broadband. So, does this spell the end for AOL? Who's going to step up and provide crappy bloat where just to surf the internet? What about all the grandmas and grandpas who are to computer illiterate to use anything other than AOL?! Well, turns out, they've all switched to broadband and are having no problem using the "real internet".

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eLliDKraM 

03 August 2006 - 07:35 PM
i leik gayol
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Jayman 

03 August 2006 - 07:37 PM
At last the death of AOL is near!!! I have prayed for this day for an eternity.

But yes I heard the same thing.
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Videege 

03 August 2006 - 09:39 PM
Hallelujah
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MarkoDaGeek 

03 August 2006 - 11:44 PM
Yeah, AOL is a major player in the interweb still, a lot of their ideas and products are great in theory.

Too bad that theory isnt reality and they end up ruining their concepts with their crap.

If AOL does go down, those ideas and products (IE: AOL instant messenger) will finally be picked up by companies that know what their doing.
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