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With Stock Close to an All-Time High, AOL Tells Activist Shareholder to Go to — Well — You Know!

AOL filed an investor presentation with the Securities and Exchange Commission today tooting its own horn, in prep for its upcoming annual meeting in which it is still facing a proxy challenge.

In a nutshell, readying to battle an alternate slate put up by Starboard Value: Our stock more than doubled from all-time lows of last summer; our turnaround is turning; we sold a buttload of patents that netted us a truckload of cash; and, of course, we’re not going to settle like Yahoo did with Daniel Loeb of Third Point, because CEO Tim Armstrong’s resume is fine and dandy, thank you very much!

(Okay, I made up the last one, but I am peckish today.)

In any case, AOL shares have indeed been on a fast upward move since the $1 billion patent sale, up 103 percent in the last six months, to close at $27.61 today.

Enjoy the pretty AOL slides:

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work