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Google Acquires 5% of AOL

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 8 years ago | from the googleverse dept.

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Heembo writes "CNN is reporting that Google just acquired a 5% stake in AOL for $1 Billion, shutting Microsoft out of the deal." Under this new agreement, among many other things, Google Talk will now interface with AOL's instant messenger according to the announcement on Google's site. From the announcement: "Google Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt said: 'AOL is one of Google's longest-standing partners, and we are thrilled to strengthen and expand our relationship. Today's agreement leverages technologies from both companies to connect Google users worldwide to a wealth of new content.'"

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Interesting (5, Interesting)

Kickboy12 (913888) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305705)

AOL has a reputation of being a bad ISP, and also creating bad software for it's users. Will this move help AOL, or hurt Google?

This could get interesting. (fp?)

Re:Interesting (4, Insightful)

kryogen1x (838672) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305736)

Why not help both? Google gets a network for its messaging client, AOL is now influenced partially by google, maybe opening up Oscar in the future?

Re:Interesting (1)

Kickboy12 (913888) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305748)

True. There are alot of potential benifits on both sides, but exactly what will come out of this has yet to be seen.

We'll just have to wait and hope for the best.

Re:Interesting (1)

penguin_asylum (822967) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305772)

Opening OSCAR wouldn't help anyone that much. It's been reverse-engineered enough that we can use it anyway.

But anyway, this seems to me like a bad thing for google unless they have a really good reason that's no apparent to me. Google has a very different public view from AOL's, but that could change if they continue with this. It's been a bad day in google news...

Re:Interesting (2, Funny)

log2.0 (674840) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305837)

Or AOL switches to Jabber?

I can keep dreaming...

Re:Interesting (5, Insightful)

mnmn (145599) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305896)

I was wondering if using google now required an extremely crappy browser, a popup laden program installed permanently on your machine making it crawl, and a service which is free for the first 3 months, then too expensive for the bandwidth provided.

I stopped using AOL/ICQ a long time ago. It used to be popular, but AOL did a terrible job of maintaining that service. AOL's program and its assorted popups and ads were the predecessors of modern spyware and that has tainted AOL in the public's eye for the while. I think they should keep the customer base, but any future software endeavors headed by google should not include the AOL name.

AOL Google. Somehow sounds like Microsoft Linux. It doesnt fit.

Re:Interesting (2, Interesting)

Sterling Christensen (694675) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305928)

I thought all this was is:
1. Google pays AOL $1 billion
2. AOL pays a tiny percentage of it's profits to Google
3. Google gets a say (a 5% say?) in AOL's policies etc

So how could this possibly hurt Google? It's not like this is a merger...

Re:Interesting (5, Informative)

Stonehand (71085) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305998)

Reading

http://news.com.com/Google%2C+Time+Warner+strike+1 +billion+deal+for+AOL/2100-1025_3-6003187.html?tag =nefd.lede [com.com]

AOL gets --
* $1B investment. Not gift, but investment.
* $300M credit for purchase of keyword ads.
* Ability to sell ads across Google's network including third-party sites (!).
* Assistance in opening up the 'walled garden' content to Google's crawler.
* Collaboration on video search.

Google --
* Minority shareholder rights.
* Possibly, more ads sold by AOL's marketing machine.
* Possibly, higher CTR if AOL can do better ad sales -- through knowing more about its users, say (inferred).
* Greater availability of the old 'walled garden' content.
* Collaboration in online video search, which probably includes working with AOL's 'SingingFish' service, and perhaps access to content?
* Interoperability to an IM network with a huge base -- slightly larger than MSN + Yahoo!, last I checked.

There's also a defensive factor; a deal with MSN might have required shifting from Google to MSN, and that would mean some 25-30M search queries per day and ~10% of Google's advertising revenue.

As to how Google might lose, well, if AOL were to collapse, the $1B investment might look like a bad idea; or if the changes drove away too many paying users (through ad clicks, not subscribers). Likewise, AOL might be considered to have lost if Microsoft would have been a better partner, or if people flee AIM to Google Talk, or so forth. But it's an interesting deal from both perspectives, I'd say.

Re:Interesting (2, Funny)

distributed (714952) | more than 8 years ago | (#14306053)

I hope this helps put winamp/nullsoft back on track... and make it the most popular media player.
Mebbe they will hire justin frankel back... and then mebbe he would release a new p2p network, thats a BT killer... and gives a new life to file sharing. Even now no other media player has been able to give a visualization plugin as awesome as avs... its really unfortunate no more major development is being done on it. The king is dead, long live the king.

G to the N to the A to the A (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14305706)

It's about time there was some co-operation between IM networks. I wonder if this also means that AIM will be open to other Jabber-based networks to connect to easily - perhaps they are implementing a Jabber server based interface to the AIM network?

This reminds me of the transition a couple of decades ago from multiple distinct email networks (Compuserve, AOL, BITNET, etc) to the one unified email system we have now. Hopefully in a few years it won't matter what IM network we are on to be able to communicate. And ideally, one's email address and IM address would be identical.

Re:G to the N to the A to the A (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14305860)

Excuse me, but how is this a troll? Seems like a fine comment to me

Re:G to the N to the A to the A (2, Insightful)

Afecks (899057) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305912)

the comment isn't a troll but the subject is a reference to a trolling group... GNAA [wikipedia.org]

the fact that we are having this discussion plays into the troller's plans but I'd rather inform someone than worry about being trolled ;)

Re:G to the N to the A to the A (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14306008)

On that topic, I realised recently that if you put the text "GNAA" in the subject line of a comment, it won't get posted to Slashdot due to "unknown error". Funny eh

GNAA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14306050)

just checking your theory....

Re:G to the N to the A to the A (5, Funny)

Slackrat (128095) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305990)

Sources close to the deal report that the two networks will be merged, but only for a lucky 5% of AIM users.

Revise Title: Co-operation between IM networks (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14306018)

It's about time there was some co-operation between IM networks. I wonder if this also means that AIM will be open to other Jabber-based networks to connect to easily - perhaps they are implementing a Jabber server based interface to the AIM network?

This reminds me of the transition a couple of decades ago from multiple distinct email networks (Compuserve, AOL, BITNET, etc) to the one unified email system we have now. Hopefully in a few years it won't matter what IM network we are on to be able to communicate. And ideally, one's email address and IM address would be identical.

In other news... (5, Funny)

nxtw (866177) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305714)

Google's "Do No Evil" motto found to be obsolete.

Re:In other news... (5, Funny)

angryLNX (679691) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305737)

From TFA: In a letter to Time Warner's board of directors released Monday, billionaire investor Icahn labeled the potential AOL-Google deal as "disastrous" because it may rule out potential future deals AOL might do with Google rivals such as eBay Inc. (Research) or Microsoft.

Seems to me Google is slowly getting rid of AOL... for the benefit of society.

They are doing no evil, hell, they're doing the world a huge service.

Re:In other news... (1)

ToasterofDOOM (878240) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305795)

Because every self-respecting slashdotter knows that AOL is evil. Seriosuly people, since when were image ads and sucky ISPs evil? I don't like either, but 'evil'? Come on!

Re:In other news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14305854)

You must be new here...

It fits their knee-jerk emotionalism (1, Interesting)

CHESTER COPPERPOT (864371) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305960)

/., and any group for that matter, will react with knee-jerk emotionalism on any issue which doesn't fit their in-group idealogy. I remember Steven Pinker stating once it's not that groups of people act immoral it's actually that groups are driven by too much morality that leads to a sense of outrage and irrationality. When groups, like /., start calling things evil they are just as bad as the ID-mob and other God-driven agendas, they are confirming their in-group values whilst bespeaking devils of anyone who doesn't conform.

You'll see many a /.'er claiming the devil within Google, with little to back it up of course but value judgements on their behalf. In this case: capitalism/business is evil.

Re:In other news... (5, Funny)

Keeper (56691) | more than 8 years ago | (#14306048)

Google's new motto: "Put a stake in evil".

Wow... (1)

Etcetera (14711) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305715)


I'm not even sure what to think about this.... it's going to take some time.

The beginning of the end? Or do I trust Google enough that this isn't a sign of the Apocalypse... :-\

Of course now... (5, Funny)

drsmack1 (698392) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305719)

this means more stupid people will be using google. IN ALL CAPS!!!!!

Re:Of course now... (5, Funny)

PC-PHIX (888080) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305797)

"You've got Gmail!"

Re:Of course now... (1)

sharkey (16670) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305808)


I'M FEELING LUCKY!

Re:Of course now... (1)

WidescreenFreak (830043) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305859)

I'm interested also to see how many additional "Me too!" posts are added to Usenet via Google Groups now. Ugh. :)

ah well... (3, Insightful)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305726)

Alas, fair Google, I knew ye well.

Both entities are going to have to meet in the middle, as far as on screen visuals. Which can only be bad for the Google we all know and love.

Re:ah well... (1)

penguinwhoflew (904673) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305750)

Come, now, don't be so hasty. Plenty of good things have come from AOL. Well, OK, two that I can think of. But Winamp and AIM (after it's ad-hacked) show that good things CAN come from AOL.

Re:ah well... (1)

Gyga (873992) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305899)

I can think of 7
1. Coasters
2. Cheap Pizza Cutters
3. Chairs [nyud.net]
4. Frisbees
5. Revenge for computer illeterate people who call for support.
6. Endless fun infront of a microwave
7. Easly use Gaim/Other_Client to talk to AIM Friends.

So remeber AOL is useful, without it many a geeks would have coke/coffee stains on their desks. And would have to shovel out 15+ dollars to cut Pizza Huts(C) Barely Cut Pizza(C)

Re:ah well... (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305762)

... which means:

There's room for the next google!

It'll probably take the form of an open, peer-to-peer app that caches different parts of the net on different users machines. Hard disk space is cheap, so is bandwidth. So is idle cpu time (HP can't sell it for a buck an hour!)

And its Yodda-ish motto : "Do!. No evil!"

Re:ah well... (4, Funny)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305773)

And its Yodda-ish motto : "Do!. No evil!"

Dude, that's the Captain Kirk. Version.

The. Correct way. Is.

"No Evil, Do!"

I have to say, I'm a little worried... (4, Interesting)

AEther141 (585834) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305738)

With the arrival of graphical ads and corporate aquisitions it seems that post-IPO Google is abandoning a few of it's old principles in the pursuit of the almighty buck. How long before "Don't be Evil" is gone too? I could kinda live with Google's pseudomonopoly on searching back when their character was spotless, but this may well be the first lurch down a slippery slope. It may just be paranoia, but I think the days of trusting Larry and Sergey are coming to an end.

Re:I have to say, I'm a little worried... (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14305756)

You should be worried, because part of this deal is "favorable results" for AOL content.

Just as predicted, Google's going down the same sewage hole as every portal before it.

Re:I have to say, I'm a little worried... (5, Insightful)

ergo98 (9391) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305851)

it seems that post-IPO Google is abandoning a few of it's old principles in the pursuit of the almighty buck

The naivety around here is mind-blowingly astounding.

Google's original, super-clean, no-ad interface was a differentiation to get them attention and eyeballs. Sure enough it worked wonders, and all of the techies and geeks (and overlaps between them) were raving about this great new search engine, encouraging all of their friends and family to use it as well (a no-pay sales force). Soon enough they started introducing those differentiated text-ads (which had a good click through rate because they were novel), and the rest is history.

All of that was in pursuit of the almighty buck. The fact that someone could say that the company is now doing something in pursuit of the almighty buck, while this young company sits with a valuation of $127 billion dollars, is astounding.

Re:I have to say, I'm a little worried... (4, Insightful)

mnmn (145599) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305954)

In a different light, I dont think Google would turn into AOL for the alimighty buck. In fact the almighty buck dictates google to stay this way and turn AOL like itself.

AOL hasnt been doing too well recently, but Google has been. Everyone can see whose philosophy works, and whose philosophy brings in the almighty buck.

We know this is good news for google, just not how good of a news is it?

Google bought a browser, and is now buying a major customer base. Theyve bought lots of dark fiber. Theyre in effect buying everything that surrounds a person, everything that a person uses to access the outside world. They wont risk losing such potential by making or using crappy software all of a sudden. If they allow people to use Linux, and one day remove ALL references to Microsoft on the Internet (the way Microsoft once tried for Linux websites), imagine the fallout. Google may be far more evil than AOL and Microsoft combined.

Re:I have to say, I'm a little worried... (3, Funny)

Mostly a lurker (634878) | more than 8 years ago | (#14306059)

Personally, I see Google's current valuation of $127,000,000,000 as vindication of the Google strategy to date of building tools users like, while building public trust. If Google starts concentrating on its short term bottom line, and loses the goodwill it currently enjoys, I think you will see the valuation drop not rise.

I shall, however, wait until there is concrete evidence of such a change in approach before assuming it will occur.

So I guess Google owns 10% now? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14305740)

Because I know Slashdot would never post a dupe [slashdot.org] .

wait a minute... (3, Funny)

antiaktiv (848995) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305741)

at slashdot, google is good and aol is bad. will the servers melt?

Re:wait a minute... (1)

JVert (578547) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305845)

A google AOL will melt faces in /.

Gimme a 'D'! (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14305743)

Gimme a 'U'!
Gimme a 'P'!
Gimme a 'E'!

What does it spell? DUPE! [slashdot.org]

just horrible (1)

kalpol (714519) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305745)

I can never look at Google the same way again.

The plan (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14305751)

1. Buy 5% of AOL and have GTalk interoperate with AIM
2. ???
3. Profit!

Google is supposed to be smart, after all.

Re:The plan (1)

dorkygeek (898295) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305833)

Step 2 is:

2. Distribute millions of CDs containing the Intarweb to households worldwide

In other news... (4, Funny)

Mr. McGibby (41471) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305754)

Pigs around the world grow wings, and start lifting off.

Temperature in hell drops below 32 F.

Re:In other news... (1)

Gryle (933382) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305926)

No, that happens when Steve Balmer leaves Microsoft to join Google. And apologizes for throwing the chair.

Secondary effects... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14306056)

Temperature in hell drops below 32 F.

Making good on their word, the United States switches to the metric system.
The head cheerleader from high school goes out with me, upsetting my wife greatly.
Israel and Palestine call a truce, organize bake sale.

Jabber? (4, Interesting)

nukem996 (624036) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305757)

I wonder if this means they will be going off standard jabber, using the AIM protocal, or will google setup a gateway for Jabber on google servers? Google has also announced full third party client support(gaim trillian etc), does this mean it will be extended to AIM? This could help the IM world get a little more organized.

Google is now evil (0, Redundant)

a100wwe (821151) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305764)

Google sold its soul to try and stop Microsoft, as a result they are now evil
http://mooba.blogspot.com/ [blogspot.com]

Re:Google is now evil (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14305798)

eh?

Google _bought_ 5% of AOL, how is that _selling_ its soul?

Something doesn't smell right about this (3, Interesting)

CokeBear (16811) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305776)

There are good guys, and there are bad guys. (Yeah, I tend to see the world in black & white). Google was one of the good guys. (Also Apple, Nintendo, etc) and AOL was one of the semi-bad guys (along with Microsoft, Sony, etc). This messes up my whole worldview. I'm confused now.

Also, Google and all their tools and toys seem to be something that is more smart people (lets say the top 50% of technology users) while AOL tended to be something for the dumber folks (lets call them the bottom 50%).

Actually, now that I think about it in that context, makes perfect sense...

Re:Something doesn't smell right about this (5, Funny)

VRisaMetaphor (87720) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305883)

There are good guys, and there are bad guys. (Yeah, I tend to see the world in black & white). Google was one of the good guys. (Also Apple, Nintendo, etc) and AOL was one of the semi-bad guys (along with Microsoft, Sony, etc). This messes up my whole worldview. I'm confused now.

Yeah, you are confused, because there are no "semi-bad guys" in a world of black and white.

Re:Something doesn't smell right about this (5, Insightful)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305952)

I've predicted before that it'll become fashionable to hate Google. Looks like that's starting to happen. Am I Nostradamus? Heh, no. I've seen a pattern here over the years. Any time an entity becomes big (especially when it's big because everybody wanted it), there are those that learn to live without it, and they feel superior. They speak out and stand behind some rival product that has benefits but is generally pretty far behind, and others who want to look as smart as they do chime in. Karma flows, and before you know it, the zealousy starts. After a while, those that switched sometimes come to the realization that they were actually better off with the old entity or product, so they switch back, then they're accused of having some sort of vested interest in the success of that entity.

I imagine there'll be some head shaking after my post. That's cool. I just think that within a year or so, there'll be colorful posts about how to live without Google. "I don't use GMail, I use some other new mail app because it supports color in the subjects. (Score:5, Interesting)"

Just so it's clear, it's not my intention to be insulting or 'right'. Mainly, this is curiosity. I'm posting this, then I'm going to bookmark it. In a year or so, I'll check back on it and see if I nailed it, or if I was once again talking out of my booty.

Re:Something doesn't smell right about this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14305972)

Yes. Redhat in the late 90's is a perfect example of this too. Now that their stock is a shadow of their former glory, you don't see people comparing them to Microsoft anymore (except a few confused and angry misanthropes, but they'll bitch about anything).

Re:Something doesn't smell right about this (1)

Keeper (56691) | more than 8 years ago | (#14306032)

This is probably the most insightful comment I've ever read on Slashdot.

Re:Something doesn't smell right about this (2, Interesting)

fermion (181285) | more than 8 years ago | (#14306005)

It is interesting to read all the comments. First, google, by any standard, is evil. It makes it money not be creating a product, but by aggregating content in such a way that they can attract eyeballs and sell advertisement. This is not necessarily bad, as advertising is necessary, and google is relatively low key. What is does mean is that the average user is not Google's customer and therefore Google, as a business, is not going to be primarily responsive to the need of the average user.

That said, this deals makes a lot of sense. I don't think it makes Google any more evil. In fact, as this merely continues a relationship with AOL, I don't see much changing at all, except for the stated added services for the user. I also don't see this as a mistake for AOL. Any deal with MS would have tied AOL to the MS Windows platform, and made AOL a pawn in MS plan to dominate the internet with Vista. Since one can no longer depend on MS dominating the desktop market, and since AOL desperately needs to slow the shrinkage of it's user base, AOL should try some radical plans. For instance, with Google, perhaps AOL can help users migrate to a Linux OS in they same way they helped users migrate to the internet.

I think we would have found that a deal with MS would have spelled the end of AOL, as MS would have just co-opted technology, bought the customers, then left with a bigger and stronger MSN. Now, Google and AOL can compete strongly with MSN, and perhaps take advantage of the opening made by the upgrade to Vista. It will be good for Google because it will no be more difficult for MS to simply buy Googles customer base. It will be good for everyone becuase even though more stupid people will be using Linux, such are the sacrifices we must make if we actually want a world not dominated by MS. I am fine as long as long as the stupid people stay away from Apple.

Re:Something doesn't smell right about this (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14306009)

Good guys? Apple and Nintendo are both sue-happy. Christ, in the era of the NES Nintendo was about as close to a video game Satan as you could get. It just happens that the console market is devoid of 'good guys.' Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo are all evil.

Link to Google's announcement? (1)

ponchoboy (736747) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305779)

Does anyone have a link to the announcement on Google's site?

It's all in the name... (5, Funny)

PC-PHIX (888080) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305780)

Google + AOL = GAOL [reference.com] ?

Re:It's all in the name... (2, Informative)

log2.0 (674840) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305855)

To our US readers, gaol is the old spelling of jail...

Re:It's all in the name... (5, Funny)

PC-PHIX (888080) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305961)

Sorry, I meant to include a link to dictionary.reference.com where they provide a full definition of 'gaol', mention it is a chiefly British way of spelling 'jail' and then refer users to see 'Variant of jail [reference.com] ' which completes the definition using a more familiar term / with more familiar spelling, to ensure that my comment made sense.

If I had included this link [reference.com] to begin with, the joke (regardless of how funny it might actually be deemed to be) would have worked without requiring an explanation...

Oh. Wait a minute. I did.

Re:It's all in the name... (1)

log2.0 (674840) | more than 8 years ago | (#14306000)

This is slashdot...nobody clicks links! :D

You are correct though.

The real question is... (1)

countchoc12 (789688) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305782)

will Google now attempt to make use of the open-source model and bring its jihad against Microsoft.

Maybe someday... (4, Interesting)

quantum bit (225091) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305783)

If Google Talk gets connected with the AIM network, and Google eventually allows Jabber server-to-server (big if, I know), I might possibly be able to talk to my friends on AIM without having to use Oscar...

Do No evil (1)

Kylere (846597) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305796)

Do no evil, but own 5% of it!

New slogan (5, Funny)

servognome (738846) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305916)

AOL now 5% less evil!!!

Yeah... (1)

geekdom04 (933714) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305800)

Today's agreement leverages technologies from both companies to connect Google users worldwide to a wealth of new content.

If you call the junk AOL spews out content.

DUPE (-1, Redundant)

brokencomputer (695672) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305805)

This is a dupe! Instead of going to this dupe, go to my website: http://www.wrongplanet.net/ [wrongplanet.net]

Re:DUPE (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14306066)

Nice website... the first 3 articles on body language, eye contact and small talk are something every Slashdot dork should read.

Google jumped the shark! (1)

Saint Stephen (19450) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305810)

Search engines come, and search engines go. Will the last one please shut out the lights!

I wonder who's gonna occupy the SGI buildings next.

What a sec here... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14305815)

If $1 billion buys you 5% of AOL, isn't that saying AOL is worth $20 billion!?!?! Holy smokes. Wasn't AOL valued at $0 a few years ago?

Adding 2 and 2... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14305818)

1. Google buys dark fiber
2. Google builds instant datacenters in shipping containers
3. Google buys stake in dying dialup ISP with millions of users
4. ??? (Do I really need to spell it out?)
5. Profit. A whole lot of it.

huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14305823)

Wow.

All the feel good we're-kick-ass-programmers-giving-you-good-stuff-f or-free-but-making-money-off-of-corporate-customer -vibe that google has been throwing off is now completely shattered.

Google has finally reared it's head as a company that wants to take the money of the stupid.

It's really too bad that they really are kick-ass programmers, because it's going to be nearly impossible to boycott google as they begin charging fees for their amazing services.

I guess that makes me stupid-- or at least lazy.

Do no evil? (0, Offtopic)

noneloud (891263) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305843)

In Google Russia, evil does you.

Somewhere in Redmond (5, Funny)

YoDave (184176) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305858)

A fat man is throwing chairs and popping veins.

Re:Somewhere in Redmond (2, Funny)

Joey Patterson (547891) | more than 8 years ago | (#14306016)

"I'm going to fucking KILL Google!" --Steve Ballmer

Re:Somewhere in Redmond (1)

thephotoman (791574) | more than 8 years ago | (#14306029)

From Uncyclopedia [uncyclopedia.org] , you can put him on your Linux box as well.

~$ cd /usr/bin
/usr/bin$ sudo ln sudo fucking
/usr/bin$ fucking ln gdm google
/usr/bin$ fucking killall google

Yeah, it's an old edit. The new one is neither valid nor on topic.

Huh? (0, Redundant)

deadgoon42 (309575) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305875)

Whatever happened to "Don't Be Evil?"

Somewhat of a good strategy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14305886)

Firstly, Google's main mission is to harvest all information and make it available for all, correct? Currently, Google's jabber thing doens't have the sheer number of users that AOL's AIM does. What I'm guessing is that they will have some sort of chat monitoring going on, watching for keywords, names, places, and using that data to better their search engine or for use in other projects.

nooo! (1)

MORTAR_COMBAT! (589963) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305887)

but then again, i'm a geek with AOLserver [aolserver.org] module hacking on his resume. hi there google!!!!

Well, so long... (1)

Stan Vassilev (939229) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305895)

... with the "don't be evil" slogan.

You can't have an omelette and keep the eggs.
You can't have the wolf fed and the sheep alive.
You.. well you get me.

I wonder if Google is 5% evil now, will AOL become 5% not evil.

Re:Well, so long... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14306054)

"Add a teaspoon of shit to a barrel of wine and you have a barrel of shit. Add a teaspoon of wine to a barrel of shit and you have a barrel of shit."

Does this make google and AOL both 100% shit?

Graphical Ads (1, Offtopic)

dduardo (592868) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305931)

I can't wait for the graphical ads google is going to start placing because of the agreement:

Google's Graphical ADs [nytimes.com]

From the beginning... (1)

metalligoth (672285) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305935)

From day one, I had a bad feeling about Google.

I'll admit I have a gmail account, but I just use that as a spam honeypot.

When it comes to search engines, I do not use Google, nor do I use any of their other services.

Just wait. The Google hero-worship will end, and eventually everyone will see them as what they are: information gatherers that will revolutionize how you are barraged with advertisements, and how your liberties are evaporated.

NO!! (5, Funny)

Eddy Da KillaBee (727499) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305938)

It's as if a million geeks cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

Just can't pick a winner, can they? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14305943)

It would seem that AOL Just Can't Pick [damnednice.com] a winner. Time-Warner, now Google? What's next, Bell? Oh, wait; too late :)

Google shipping a googol CDs? (5, Funny)

One Blue Ninja (801126) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305947)

I swear, if I get ONE damned Google CD in the mail, EVER - I'll go to a LIBRARY before I look something up on Google again.

Re:Google shipping a googol CDs? (3, Funny)

wk633 (442820) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305970)

Next AOL CD I get- I'm cutting it into 20 pieces, and sending one piece to google.

"Do no evil" my ass. At least email spam I can just delete. Those CDs are landfill.

What's AOL worth? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14305963)

IMHO AOL is worth nothing, but this deal values it at US$20 billion. This isn't quite as stupid as Time Warner paying what they did for AOL, but I'm sure the value received will be the same.

I gotta say (2, Interesting)

lagerbottom (704499) | more than 8 years ago | (#14305984)

I have been giving AOL a lot of thought lately. And I really think there is something to the 'Value-Add' market for broad band. I think there is a real market for a company to come along and offer services that augment the highspeed "experience". If AOL does it right, they could still be a viable business once the dialup world has coughed it's last spasms.

Dupe dupe-a-doop doop... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14305996)

la la la - funny, though, that the previous reporting (http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/12/16/20423 1&tid=217&tid=120 [slashdot.org] ) linked to a impartial BBC article while this one links to CNN, a subsidiary of Time Warner!

Why don't we use this space to talk about something interesting, like how wikipedia facsists are hypocritical bastards for denying any responsability for the accuracy of anything on the site while patting themselves on the back for being many-edit contributors to the world's most gee-whiz encyclopedia (while noting that the word 'encyclopedia' is defined by the academics at Oxford (who, no doubt, wikiplebians would dismiss as being inferior for buying into that whole university-degree racket and reactionary as they have the gall to produce works in print) as "Literary work giving information on all branches of knowledge or of one subject, usu. arranged alphabetically; (E~; Hist.) the french encyclopaedia of Diderot, D'Alembert, and others; WALKING encyclopaedia; hence ~IC a., ~ISM (3), ~IST (3), ns. [mod. L, f. spurious Gk egkuklopaideia for egkuklios paideia all-round education (cf. prec.)]), basically demanding all the credit without taking any of the responsability; ye gods, the slimy wikipunks even had the cheek to say that a 70-year-old lawyer who would probably have a hard time turining an iMac on bore responsability for slander those wikipukes left on their site for months - all this without pausing to consider the real damage done to the poor man's reputation and the huge gaping hole it had shown to exist in their fanatically-supported open-editing model!

Any comments?

It's an old story ... (5, Interesting)

kitzilla (266382) | more than 8 years ago | (#14306019)

... a scorpion spotted an old dog by the river.

"Carry me across," begged the scorpion, "and I promise not to sting you."

The dog was wise and slow to reply. "I don't think so," he growled. "I've never met a trustworthy scorpion."

"Today you have," hissed the scorpion with as much of a smile as he could manage. "I'm not evil, like other creatures of my kind. Besides, if I stung you, I'd drown. Carry me across and I promise all will be well."

The dog relented, taking the scorpion on his back. He paddled out into the current. Halfway across, the scorpion stung him behind the neck.

"Now we will both surely die!" the dog moaned as the venom began to take hold. "Why have you done this?"

"Because I am a scorpion, of course."

email message (1)

flaczki (748102) | more than 8 years ago | (#14306024)

I'm just waiting for my gmail account to tell me "You've got Ad"

That sound you just heard.... (1, Redundant)

8127972 (73495) | more than 8 years ago | (#14306031)

.... is a chair hitting a wall in Redmond Washington.

It's all about the AIM (5, Interesting)

seanduffy (930895) | more than 8 years ago | (#14306035)

The AIM of this deal is clearly to take over the instant messaging market, aka, AIM. With Google's ability to throw together amazing software (look at Gmail), I see a skype-esque but better client that supports itself via ads by scanning your conversations (maybe - if they push it that far - backlash might be too big). Personally, I would not have a problem with that, but I say no to cyber sex.

Google had to sacrifice quite a lot to snag this deal but if you take over instant messaging, you can take over voip, hence, you can take over telecommunications when cell "phones" can simply operate via wi-fi. I say, good move Google - I love you baby.

What? It's not September? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14306037)

AOL user #1: HEY! I USE GOOGLE! IT'S L33T!
AOL user #2: ME TOO!!!
AOL user #3: ME TOO!!!
AOL user #4: ME TOO!!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal_September [wikipedia.org]

Meanwhile (3, Interesting)

dummyname12 (886454) | more than 8 years ago | (#14306065)

Major Time Warner shareholder Carl Icahn is calling this a "disastrous" decision. [yahoo.com]
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