AOL pulls rug from under ‘Magic Carpet”. AOL has disbanded the Magic Carpet team. Is anyone really surprised? The history of industry consortiums that have come together with the sole purpose of countering some Microsoft initiative is not good. I remember viewing these consortiums with amusement because the members were never truly aligned on goals, they just all wanted to join in a Microsoft hate-fest, and that never leads to a viable software product. And it just wastes the time and energy of these companies.