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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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Repeated calls by the Daily News to CompuServe Information Services, based in Columbus, Ohio, went unanswered last week.
Established in 1984, Telebase provides customized information services to over three million people through 25 networks worldwide, including CompuServe Information Services, AT&T EasyLink, Genie, and NIFTY-Serve.
CompuServe Information Services (CIS), owned by H&R Block, has close to 2 million subscribers and is extremely popular among those with technical computer experience.
From 1990-95, Berkov served as executive vice president of the CompuServe Information Services division with global profit-and-loss responsibility and a 1,200-employee staff.
Our frame relay business grew over 350% last year, the CompuServe Information Services subscriber base is projected to hit 5 million this fiscal year, and we're seeing huge demand for Internet access.