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CompuServe

An online information service that provides access to the Internet, email, 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 email 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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'It's certainly a slightly lowerrisk way to test the product out,' said Jupiter Media Metrix analyst David Card about the CompuServe move.
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"Minority communities make up a growing and important market that will respond to the convenience and community this new service will offer," says Audrey Weil, CompuServe's general manager and senior vice president at AOL.
America Online Inc has made Stamps.com Inc the exclusive provider of internet postage on AOL, Netscape and CompuServe-branded CD- ROMs, as well as Netscape's Delivery Center and planned shipping sites on CompuServe and AOL.
CompuServe UK has launched its new CompuServe Portfolio service which allows Internet users to manage investments and track major money markets.
Circuit City is offering customers a $400 rebate, but shoppers only qualify for it if they sign up for a three-year contract with Internet service provider CompuServe.
In the first deal of its kind, the mighty America Online gave up majority control of one of its subsidiaries, AOL/ Compuserve France, the Gallic arm of its AOL/Bertelsmann Europe alliance.
American Lawyer Media (New York) and CompuServe, a division of America Online, have entered into a partnership to establish a co-branded CompuServe 2000-AIM Internet information service for lawyers and legal professionals.
Box 818, Florissant, CO 80816; phone/fax: 719-748-8309; 71511.515@ compuserve.com
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* A forum--similar in structure to the AICPA Online forums and the Compuserve forums--is available at all times for posting messages for instructors and for other students: Someone can post a query at midnight, another student can respond the next morning and the first student can read the response at lunchtime.