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aQuantive

In Microsoft's history as a public company, it had never reported a quarterly loss -- until last summer, when the software giant took a $6.2 billion charge related to its 2007 acquisition of online advertising company aQuantive. The $6.3 billion aQuantive deal was supposed to thrust Microsoft into the high-stakes world of Web advertising and drive the company's Online Services Division. Instead, the acquisition turned out to be a costly error.