Searchnewz Reports: "AOL has been separated into two distinctive business units; it's dial up access business and it's advertising and content business. The discrete units should make it easier for Time Warner to find suitable buyers for each.
While the two units were combined, a potential acquisition was difficult as buyers struggled to find a proper fit for both parts of the AOL unit within their businesses. By splitting the two, Time Warner can now seek interest from separate buyers and potentially increase the yield from the sale.
Both Yahoo! and Microsoft have quite publicly expressed interest in the AOL online advertising division, with Microsoft Execs visiting AOL HQ as recently as mid July."