AOL, back on the market
An unexpected merger between AOL and a storied incumbent? You'd be forgiven for thinking you'd gone back to the turn of the century, but no, that happened earlier this month. Whatever the reasons behind the AOL-Verizon merger -- for all the talk of AOL's content offerings, its advertising platform may be the big prize -- at a mere $4.4 billion dollars the deal is a pale shadow of the $164 billion blockbuster AOL-Time Warner merger that marked the height of dot-com hubris.
Whether VerAOLzon will fundamentally change the face of the tech business world remains to be seen. But over the years, a number of mergers and acquisitions -- some of which seemed momentous at the time, others barely noticed -- have transformed the industry.