Verizon Communications plans to merge AOL and Yahoo into a new media company called Oath.
Others have been quick to coin puns based on the name, with one social media user joking: "The best time to check your Oath Mail is while you're eating oatmeal". "Say goodbye to AOL and Yahoo", reads a headline at The Week.
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong said "Oath" will come into effect this summer.
Verizon is reportedly preparing to launch "Oath", which will be some sort of rebranded combination of Yahoo, AOL and conceivably an ancient scroll signed in blood.
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Jorge Miadosqui , Argentina team secretary, said: "The AFA (Argentinian Football Association) is going to appeal this decision". Earlier in the day, Barcelona released a statement expressing their "surprise and indignation" at the sanction.
AOL and Yahoo take a new Oath, but Marissa Mayer may not swear in. As Armstrong said, the combined brands bring with them over 1 billion consumers attached to some well-known brands and others that are floundering. A rep for Yahoo declined to comment beyond a statement from Mayer when the Verizon deal was first announced a year ago. But the most important brands we have are things like Yahoo! There were two massive security breaches affecting more than one billion users, as per the revelations of Yahoo.
The U.S. Justice Department charged two Russian intelligence operatives along with a pair of hackers last month in connection with the cyberattacks. But Altaba will simply be a holdings entity that owns a 15% stake in Alibaba, a 35% stake in Yahoo Japan, and a small portfolio of patents called Excalibur. Mayer will step down from the board of that company once the sale is complete.
Verizon will also be investing in Yahoo and the Sunnyvale, Calif., campus, and that AOL core brands will also be moving there. Though we all know nobody likes change, so we'll see how "unstopable" Oath becomes when it arrives this summer.