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February 14, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Time Warner Inc.'s AOL started a test version of its AOL.com website to attract the more than 2 million people in the U.S. who speak Chinese. The Chinese-language site at http://aol.com/chinese will offer free e-mail, news, Web search, full-length movies and episodes of television shows from China, Dulles, Va.-based AOL said.
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BUSINESS
February 6, 2006 | From Associated Press
Two of the world's largest e-mail account providers, Yahoo Inc. and America Online, plan to introduce a service that would charge senders a fee to route their e-mail directly to a user's mailbox without first passing through junk mail filters, representatives of the companies said Sunday. The fees, which would be a quarter of a cent to a penny per e-mail, are the latest attempts by the companies to separate legitimate mail from unsolicited ads, or spam, as well as identity-theft scams.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
America Online Inc., having lost more than 6 million Web access subscribers in three years, is teaming with high-speed Internet access providers including Verizon Communications Inc., AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp. to stem further defections. AOL customers will be able to buy high-speed Internet service for as low as $25.90 a month from Verizon, AOL said Friday. BellSouth customers will pay $29.50. AT&T customers can also receive the high-speed AOL service for $25.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
A California man was charged with defrauding America Online subscribers as part of a so-called phishing scheme whereby he sent thousands of e-mails made to look like they came from AOL's billing department. Jeffrey Brett Goodin, 46, of Azusa was charged with unauthorized use of a credit card as well as wire fraud, the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles said. He faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison if convicted.
BUSINESS
January 26, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
America Online won a $5.6-million award against a Minnesota man who sent billions of spam e-mails over the Internet service in 2003 and whose case helped spawn anti-spamming legislation. Christopher William Smith, 25, was ordered to pay $5.3 million, or $25,000 for every day he sent out spam e-mails, plus $287,059 for America Online's legal fees, U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton in Alexandria, Va., ruled. Dulles, Va.-based America Online, a unit of Time Warner Inc.
BUSINESS
January 25, 2006 | Roger Vincent
America Online has signed a $40-million lease for a Beverly Hills office building that will house studios and offices for its program to develop original content for subscribers to its online services. Dulles, Va.-based AOL will occupy all 82,576 square feet at 331 N. Maple Drive for 10 years under the agreement, said real estate broker Christopher Bonbright of Ramsey-Shilling, who represented landlord Bendheim Enterprises Holdings.
BUSINESS
January 11, 2006 | From Associated Press
America Online Inc. is acquiring a video search start-up that has built technology to more easily find the latest news, sports and other online video offerings. The purchase of Truveo Inc., announced Tuesday, underscores the importance of video in drawing visitors to AOL's ad-supported sites, a big part of its year-old strategy of emphasizing free content over its declining access-subscription business.
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January 10, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Douglas Bigelow, 49, a pioneer in Internet protection who fought e-mail spam, computer viruses, identity theft and online pornography as the head of security for the world's largest Internet service provider, died of pancreatic cancer Dec. 24 at his home in Vienna, Va. In 1995, he became America Online's vice president of operations security and the company's first employee responsible for protecting both customer and corporate data.
BUSINESS
January 7, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
America Online Inc. agreed to pay customers as much as $25 million to settle claims that it wrongly billed them for some online services and products. The Time Warner Inc. unit had charged for services and products without customers' consent, according to several proposed class-action lawsuits. The plaintiffs also said AOL billed customers for accounts after they tried to cancel them. AOL denied the allegations.
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