Detente Is for Dummies

AOL TimeWarner and Microsoft almost struck a deal last week. That would have been terrible for us all

As a stockholder and employee of the fabulous company known as AOL Time Warner, parent company of TIME, I wanted to see this corporation strike an accord with mighty Microsoft last week. But as a citizen of the global village and all-around guy of the people, I was thrilled when the deal dropped dead. The company stooge in me drooled at the prospect of the two biggest players in Computerville divvying up the market. AOL would get premium distribution and placement in the October release of Windows XP, helping it add gazillions of new users to its rolls. In exchange, Microsoft...

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