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CompuServe

An online information service that provides access to the Internet, e-mail, instant messaging and an integrated contact list. Founded in 1969 as a timesharing service, CompuServe is one of the oldest online services, being the first to offer e-mail in 1979 and online chat a year later. The GIF graphics format was developed by CompuServe in 1987 to transfer compressed images over the very low-speed, dial-up lines in common use at that time. GIF images are widely used on the Web; however, the compression method in GIF was patented by Unisys (see LZW and GIF).

In 1998, CompuServe was acquired by America Online (AOL), and whereas AOL is geared more to the consumer, CompuServe's offerings were aimed at the professional business user. Specialized versions of CompuServe are also available for the legal, insurance and airline industries. See online service.
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H&R Block, which owns 80 percent of CompuServe, has been in search of a buyer for the money-losing service for the past year.
CompuServe won a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Cyber Promotions in October, 1996, to prevent it from configuring its unsolicited e-mail messages to appear as though they were being sent from a CompuServe computer.
For purposes of this article, the process is illustrated with Windows-based software (WinCIM), provided free of charge by Compuserve.
For burning the midnight oil, CompuServe Mail's 24-hour e-mail service lets you send messages regardless of time zone or distance.
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should sell its 80 percent stake in CompuServe to focus on its core business of retail tax preparation, analysts and investors are sharply divided on whether acquiring CompuServe would make sense for America Online.
Under a multi-year, multi-million-dollar network services agreement, CompuServe is providing Internet Protocol(IP)-based dial services, linking Business Gateway customers -- small businesses -- with account balance, stop-payment, check-ordering, transfer and other banking information.
CompuServe members also have exclusive access to a gossip column from Hollywood insiders Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith, and fun image-based flash games.
H&R Block, which owns 80 percent of Columbus, Ohio-based CompuServe Inc.
Berkov, CompuServe executive vice president, Information Service Division, offered a number of reasons for the growth.
CompuServe currently offers consumers who purchase computers or other electronic equipment from participating retailers a $400 rebate upon signing a three-year service agreement with CompuServe for the CompuServe 2000 Premier service, priced at $21.
CompuServe has weathered several financial and corporate blows within the past year.