After takin' a swig o' grog, Erik Funkenbusch belched out
this bit o' wisdom:
> On Mon, 27 Oct 2008 21:55:24 -0500, Terry Porter wrote:
>> On Mon, 27 Oct 2008 22:38:00 -0400, Erik Funkenbusch wrote:
>>>> Apart from the 1999 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF
>>>> COLUMBIA finding of fact :-
>>> Geez Terry, are you really that stupid?
>> <snip Eriks Wintroll fantasies>
>> I suggest the casual reader check out the following article to determine
>> whether Microsoft has been found guilty of abusing their monopoly
>> position, instead of listening to a well know Wintrolls historical
> I suggest, Terry, that you stop twisting facts.
> So you're seriously going to pretend that it's fantasy that AOL paid $5
> Billion dollars for Netscape in 1998? Are you serious? It's fact, Terry.
> You're the one living in fantasy land.
> And again, you seem incapable of understanding simple english. I did not
> deny that Microsoft was found guilty of anti-competitive behavior. I even
> said as much that they were. My comments were about the difference between
> anti-competitive behavior and actually blocked competition.
Who's twisting, Erik?
America Online (AOL) on November 24, 1998 announced it would acquire
Netscape Communications in a tax-free stock-swap valued at US$4.2 billion
at the time of the announcement.
I wonder why AOL wanted Netscape, anyway?
After the Microsoft antitrust case found that Microsoft held and had
abused monopoly power, AOL filed suit against it for damages. This
suit was settled in May 2003 when Microsoft paid US $750 million to AOL
and agreed to share some technologies, including granting AOL a license
to use and distribute Internet Explorer royalty-free for seven
years. This was considered to be the death knell for Netscape.
On July 15, 2003, Time Warner (formerly AOL Time Warner) disbanded
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