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AOL Gets Out of Kayak

Forgive me if this is old news, but it seemed new to me: AOL says it has sold off its stake in Kayak, the giant travel site (okay, not giant, but big among the iPad-owning tech set, at least), for $19 million. The company mentions the deal as an aside in its Q2 earnings release and says the deal closed late last month. It had owned a chunk of Kayak since 2004; the sale is part of an overall slim-down effort that has seen the company dump Bebo and ICQ, among other assets.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus