September 14, 1994 |
Tele-Communications Inc., the nation's largest and most influential cable company, was poised to acquire a 9% stake in America Online Inc. until Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates intervened, according to sources close to TCI. The acquisition is now on hold while TCI Chief Executive John Malone and Gates discuss whether the Vienna, Va.-based cable behemoth can invest in Marvel, the code name for the on-line service that Microsoft has been secretly developing, according to sources.
April 4, 2005 |
Who knew yellow pages were so golden? A high-stakes bidding war could be shaping up over a San Diego-based independent phone book publisher, which last month indicated it might be shopping itself around. TransWestern Publishing Co., the nation's second-largest independent yellow pages publisher, announced it had retained Goldman Sachs & Co. to explore "strategic alternatives," which probably means it's thinking of selling the company, analysts said.
April 2, 1997 |
When Time Warner Inc. chose this hotbed of entertainment diversions to launch the world's most advanced interactive cable TV system in 1994, executives predicted residents would quickly become hooked playing the system's video games and movies and shopping electronically from their living rooms.
August 23, 1994 |
Think encyclopedias and you think of Oxford dons in flowing gowns and the tweedy world of New York publishing. But what you really should be thinking is: Redmond, Wash. That's the home of Microsoft Corp., whose Encarta CD-ROM encyclopedia, replete with video and sound, has become the world's best-selling encyclopedia in its first year on the market. The sudden ascendance of Encarta is more than just another indication that the electronic information age has arrived.