America Online, or AOL for short, is a U.S.-based online service provider, Internet service provider, and media company. Based in Dulles, Virginia, a community in Loudoun County, Virginia, with regional headquarters installations in many cities around the world, it is by far the most successful proprietary online service, with more than 32 million subscribers at one point in the US, Canada, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Latin America (declared bankrupt in 2004), Japan and formerly Russia. In early 2005, AOL Hong Kong stopped its service. In the fall of 2004, AOL reported total subscribers had dropped to 24 million, a drop of over a quarter of its subscribers. ** In late 1996, AOL suspended all dialup service within Russia in the face of massive billing fraud, forcing the company into a rare case of full market retreat. ...more on Wikipedia about "America Online"
AppleLink was the name of both Apple Computer's online service for its dealers, third party developers, and users, and the client software used to access it. Prior to the commercialization of the Internet, AppleLink was a popular service for Mac and Apple IIGS users. The service was offered from about 1986 to 1994 to various groups, before being superseded by their short-lived eWorld and finally today's multiple Apple web sites. ...more on Wikipedia about "AppleLink"
Compunet was a United Kingdom based interactive service provider, catering primarily for the Commodore 64 but later for the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST. It was also known by its users as CNet. ...more on Wikipedia about "Compunet"
CompuServe, (in full, CompuServe Information Services, or CIS), was the first major commercial online service in the United States, dominating the field during the 1980s and remaining a major player through the mid- 1990s when it was sidelined by the rise of GUI-based services such as America Online (AOL). Today the company operates as an internet service provider (ISP), owned by AOL. ...more on Wikipedia about "CompuServe"
Delphi was an early US Internet service provider that started as a nationwide dialup service in 1983, and in 1992 became the first national commercial service to offer access to the Internet. ...more on Wikipedia about "Delphi online service"
eWorld was a short-lived group of online services launched by Apple Computer in June 1994. The services included email (eWorld Center), news, and a bulletin board system (Community Center). Users of eWorld were often referred to as "ePeople". eWorld was considered too expensive, was marketed infrequently, and consequently failed to attract a high number of subscribers. The service was only available on the Apple Macintosh, despite promises that it would be available to Windows users by 1995. On March 31, 1996, at 12:01 am, the service was officially shut down. ...more on Wikipedia about "EWorld"
GEnie was an online service created by General Electric that ran from 1985 through the end of 1999. At its peak, GEnie claimed around 400,000 users, although the real figure was closer to 115,000. Peak simultaneous usage was around 2,000 users. It was one of the pioneering services in the field, though eventually replaced by the Internet and graphics-based services, most notably AOL. ...more on Wikipedia about "GEnie" http://www.shortopedia.com Dreamteam.
The ImagiNation Network, originally known as The Sierra Network, was a pioneer in graphical online gaming networks. TSN began for a select few in 1989 when a Beta Test invitation was sent out to registered Sierra game owners. In 1991 it opened to the public thanks to Sierra On-Line founder Ken Williams. In 1994 the name of the online experience was changed to "ImagiNation Network" after AT&T bought the rights to this gaming community. ...more on Wikipedia about "ImagiNation Network"
Micronet800 was an information provider (IP) on Prestel , aimed at the 1980’s personal computer market. It was an online magazine that gave it subscribers computer related news, reviews, articles and downloadable telesoftware. ...more on Wikipedia about "Micronet800"
The Minitel is a Videotex online service accessible through the telephone lines, and is considered one of the world's most successful pre- World Wide Web online services. It was launched in France in 1982 by the PTT (Poste, Téléphone et Télécommunications; divided since 1991 between France Télécom and La Poste). Since its early days, users could make online purchases, make train reservations, check stock prices, search the telephone directory, and chat in a similar way to that now made possible by the Internet. ...more on Wikipedia about "Minitel"
An online service provider, in modern usage refers to an entity which provides a service online. It can include internet service providers and web sites, such as Wikipedia's or Usenet (commonly accessed through Google Groups). In its original more limited definition it referred only to a commercial computer communication service in which paid members could dial via a computer modem the service's private computer network and access various services and information resources such a bulletin boards, downloadable files and programs, news articles, chat rooms, and electronic mail services. The term "online service" was also used in references to these dial-up services. The traditional dial-up online service differed from the from the modern Internet service provider in that they provided a large degree of content that was only accessible by those who subscribed to the online service, while ISP mostly serves to provide access to the internet and generally provides little if any exclusive content of its own. In the U.S., the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act (OCILLA) portion of the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act has expanded the legal definition of online service in two different ways for different portions of the law. It states: ...more on Wikipedia about "Online service provider"
Prestel, the brand name for the British General Post Office's Viewdata technology, was an interactive videotex system developed during the late 1970s and commercially launched in 1979. It was developed under the leadership of Samuel Fedida at the then Post Office Research Station (now BT Labs) in Martlesham, Suffolk. ...more on Wikipedia about "Prestel"
Prodigy Communications Corporation was a dialup service (a sort of "mega- BBS") for home computers in the United States before the advent of the Internet. Prodigy claimed it was the first consumer online service, differentiating itself from the leading service provider, CompuServe, which was used mostly by technophiles. ...more on Wikipedia about "Prodigy (ISP)"
Quantum Link (or Q-Link) was an American online service for Commodore 64 and 128 personal computers that operated from November 5, 1985 to November 1, 1994. It was operated by Quantum Computer Services of Vienna, Virginia, which in October 1991 changed its name to America Online, and continues to operate its AOL service for the IBM PC and Apple Macintosh today. Q-Link was a modified version of the PlayNET system, which Control Video Corporation (CVC, later renamed Quantum Computer Services) licensed. ...more on Wikipedia about "Quantum Link"
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SAPO ( Portuguese for frog), Servidor de Apontadores Portugueses, is a brand and subsidiary company of Portugal Telecom Group. It is a portuguese internet service provider that started being a search engine when founded in 1995. ...more on Wikipedia about "SAPO"
SBC Yahoo! is an information service from SBC Internet Services. It is a partnership between SBC Communications and Yahoo! Inc. to provide co-branded dial-up and DSL Internet service. ...more on Wikipedia about "SBC Yahoo!"
SOTKAnet is a Finnish nationwide WWW service for various statistics about welfare and health. ...more on Wikipedia about "SOTKAnet"
UOL ( Bovespa UOLL4), once known as Universo Online, is a Brazilian online service provider and internet service provider. It is the leader in Latin America and the homepage portal is the biggest in the Portuguese speaking world. UOL started operations in 1996 as a joint venture with Grupo Abril (no longer a partner in the company) and Grupo Folha. UOL has cemented its leadership with the biggest brazilian publications: Revista Veja and Folha de São Paulo. ...more on Wikipedia about "Universo Online"
Virtua is a Brazilian Internet Service Provider. ...more on Wikipedia about "Virtua"
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