Google has filed a quarterly report with the SEC that includes information about its 5% stake in AOL. The news is not good for the Time Warner owned internet company, which has already posted a loss of $230 million in the second quarter of 2008. Google said that their stake in AOL may be “impaired,” an accounting term that explains a significant loss stemming from an investment.
Google invested in AOL to stave off a Microsoft advertising partnership, which would have replaced the one AOL had with Google. The question now is, was it worth $1 billion to keep the 3rd place Microsoft with a 10-ish% market share at bay?
And Yahoo should be wondering if their new Google partnership will really be enough to keep the company afloat.
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