Kara Swisher

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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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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik