1. America Online Acquires Time Warner
When America Online (AOL) announced plans to acquire Time Warner (TWX) in 2000, it wasn’t just the biggest internet stocks deal of the dot-com era, but the biggest merger in corporate history. The deal was financed in stock and debt … but as everyone knows, it didn’t end well for either party.
AOL was spun off in 2009 and continues to struggle amid declining online ad rates, and Time Warner continues to splinter off struggling businesses like Time Inc. to streamline its operations in a changing media landscape.
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