Perception is Reality. So what’s your perception of AOL selling a big chunk of its patent portfolio to Microsoft?
Reality: whichever side you hear things from, it doesn’t really matter whether AOL made a good deal here or a bad one.
I wasn’t even planning to talk about this deal; deals get made every day, and the story is always that you hope both sides understood the business change they were after and got the desired results. But after seeing one report of AOL extracting over a billion dollars from Microsoft after another this morning, I came across this account of the deal at Gizmodo. In it, Gizmodo characterized AOL’s move as desperate, all but sounding a death knell for everyone’s favorite Internet training wheels of the 1990s.