Feeds

AOL to open up instant messaging to secure Time Warner deal?

Looks like the FCC is getting medieval on its ass

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Well, we've been pondering what the FCC would do with the AOL/Time Warner deal and it looks as though it's come down hard. Of course the big stumbling block has been AOL's instant messaging technology which has a virtual stranglehold on the market. According to whispers and nudge-nudge-wink-winks, the Federal Communications Commission has demanded the opening up of IM as a prerequisite to letting the merger go ahead.

This will not make AOL happy since it has been fighting bitterly for control of the market for a while now, batting away Microsoft among others. The arguments AOL has thrown forward about it protecting users' security/privacy have never held any water with the IT community but that doesn't mean they wouldn't with the government.

But if it has lost the argument, it has lost the argument. There's no way AOL will pull the whole deal for the sake of IM, but it's a nasty poke in the eye. Good, we say. AOL has gone to extraordinary lengths (as has its detractors to be fair) to stop anyone else being able to slot in with its technology and we just don't like this kind of approach (why can we all just be nice to one another :-) ).

The Federal Trade Commission decided a while ago it could nothing about IM because the software was free, but it's good to see that the FCC didn't give up the fight. AOL hasn't really got a leg to stand on. Grand. ®

Related Stories

AOL is full of it, say M$, Excite
AOL instant message block is for 'security reasons'
Feds home in on AOL instant messaging

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook
New iPhone biz baron points to Apple's (his) greatest successes
Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers
Jilted Johns and Jennies with busy fingers face two years inside
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech
UK spies would rather 'walk' than do 'mass surveillance'
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.