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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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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald