Eight former AOL executives overstated online advertising revenue by $1 billion, the Securities and Exchange Commission said in a lawsuit against them. The allegedly inflated revenue increased AOL's stock price, allowing it to buy Time Warner in 2000 for $184 billion to form the world's largest media company. The merged company's market capitalization has now fallen to about $56 billion. Four of the executives agreed to settle with the SEC without admitting or denying the allegations and to disgorge a total of $8 million.
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