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AOL Time Warner

AOL Time Warner is a media conglomerate[?] formed in 2000 by the merger of America Online, the largest internet service provider in the United States and Time Warner, a media conglomerate in traditional paper publishing, film, and television.

The merger was and remains controversial in part due to concerns over monopoly issues (vertical integration). The collapse of the late 1990s tech industry economic bubble has greatly reduced the company's combined worth, and in 2002, the AOL component was considered to be the weakest part of the company.

The following enterprises are, among others, part of AOL Time Warner:

AOL Time Warner also owns several other television channels and magazines, like CNN Headline News[?] and Entertainment Weekly[?], as well as Time Life[?] books and music. See Columbia Journal Review's Who Owns What (http://www.cjr.org/owners/aoltimewarner.asp) for a complete list.

See Ted Turner and Steve Case[?].

Financial information

AOL Time Warner is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AOL. Its market capitalization is US $49 billion and as of mid-February 2003 it was traded at about US $11.07. When the AOL Time Warner merger was announced in January 2000, the combined market capitalization was US $280 billion.

At the end of 2002, AOL Time Warner announced that it had a yearly financial loss nearly US $100 billion dollars.

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