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AOL, You've Got Bill!

W.D. Crotty
September 15, 2005

Time Warner (NYSE: TWX  ) shareholders have been watching AOL for years -- hoping something could be done to either get this company back to its former glory or to get it out of the way of a company with outstanding entertainment content. Well, that change may finally be afoot.

The New York Post is reporting that Time Warner, a Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick, is in preliminary discussions to sell a stake in AOL to Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT  ) . That makes sense since MSN, Microsoft's Web business, could also use bulking up to become more competitive. MSN would surely also benefit from the sheer volume of traffic AOL manages -- particularly as ad-based revenue becomes an increasingly significant realm and the company seeks to expand its presence amid strong competition from Yahoo! (