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March 14, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
CompuServe Inc. Agrees to Buy Spry Inc.: The on-line service has agreed to acquire Seattle-based Spry, a provider of Internet access applications, for $100 million in cash and stock, CompuServe's parent H&R Block Inc. said. Spry will become the CompuServe Internet services division and it will be headed by Spry President and founder David Pool, who will become an executive vice president of Columbus, Ohio-based CompuServe, Block said. The transaction is expected to close within 30 days.
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May 29, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
In a surprise verdict that could stunt multimedia growth in Germany, a Munich court on Thursday convicted a former CompuServe regional manager of pornography charges for failing to block pornographic material available on the Internet. The court convicted Felix Somm, even though prosecutors had reversed themselves and asked for his acquittal.
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September 27, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
On-Line Computer Services Reach 3.9 Million Homes: The number of households subscribing to such services jumped 10% in the past six months to nearly 3.9 million, according to a semiannual survey published by a trade newsletter. The homes are primarily in the United States, according to the Washington-based Information and Interactive Services Report. The survey attributed part of the increase to strong sales at America Online Inc., which gained 130,000 users, or 59%, and CompuServe Inc.
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September 9, 1997 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
CompuServe Corp. pioneered and dominated the commercial online service industry, but in the end the struggling company lost out to a swift-footed competitor with a bolder vision of an indispensable computer network used by everyday Americans. The $1.27-billion deal announced Monday that would split CompuServe's assets between rival America Online Inc. and telecommunications powerhouse WorldCom Inc.
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March 9, 1996 | JULIE PITTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Closing in on a pair of important victories in what promises to be a long war against personal computer software giant Microsoft Corp., Netscape Communications Corp. has licensed its Internet browser software to online provider CompuServe Inc. and says it is on the verge of a similar deal with America Online. The CompuServe deal will enable that service's 4.
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November 22, 1996 | DAVID S. HILZENRATH, WASHINGTON POST
CompuServe Inc., one of the pioneers of the computer online services business, said Thursday that competition has become so intense that it's abandoning efforts to chase a consumer mass market. CompuServe executives said they doubted their service's ability--and that of rivals such as America Online Inc. and Microsoft Corp.--to make money by aggressively recruiting subscribers through free trial offers and bargain pricing.
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January 27, 1996 | From Associated Press
Germany's biggest Internet provider cut access Friday to neo-Nazi propaganda posted on a Northern California electronic server--and to nearly 1,500 other sites there ranging from financial services to Santa Claus Online. Computer users accused Deutsche Telekom, the national phone company, of overreacting and said such action could stifle the free flow of information that the Internet is meant to foster. The block was imposed Thursday.
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February 21, 1996 | From Associated Press
After months of pressure from shareholders who felt its stock was undervalued, H&R Block Inc. announced Tuesday that it will spin off its CompuServe Inc. online services company. Block said it will make a public offering of less than 20% of CompuServe stock in April. It will distribute its remaining ownership through a tax-free spinoff within about a year. CompuServe would become the second stand-alone online services firm. The other is its larger rival America Online Inc.
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January 17, 1995 | ROSS KERBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After 36 straight hours at work and dozens of cans of Pepsi, programmers at Telegrafix Communications Inc. came up with a way to bypass a widely used, patented code for transmitting photos and graphics between computers. As it turns out, the small Huntington Beach company may never send out the program. Still, the staff at Telegrafix sees itself as having struck a blow for freedom in on-line software distribution. Compuserve Inc.
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December 30, 1995 | KAREN KAPLAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Efforts by governments to censor the Internet will ultimately be in vain, despite the likelihood that more countries will follow Germany's lead in trying to control access to objectionable material, cyberspace experts said Friday. Also, CompuServe Inc. and other online services are not likely to be hurt in the long run by CompuServe's recent decision to temporarily restrict access to more than 200 Internet newsgroups at the behest of German authorities, they said.
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May 2, 1997 | From Reuters
America Online, CompuServe and Prodigy Services on Thursday settled government allegations that supposed "free trial" offers resulted in unexpected charges to consumers. The Federal Trade Commission voted 5-0 for the agreement requiring that--among other things--companies get written authorization from consumers before tapping their checking accounts electronically. No fines were levied against the three. AOL, CompuServe and Prodigy said in statements that they are now complying with the law.
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April 2, 1997 | KAREN KAPLAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
America Online, the largest consumer online service, may be considering a bid for No. 2 CompuServe, the company that launched the commercial online business. Rumors of AOL's interest in CompuServe swept financial markets Tuesday after a New York securities research firm, Wall Street Strategies, said a deal may be in the works. The report sent CompuServe shares up $1.14 to close at $11 in Nasdaq trading. The rumors also boosted AOL's stock by $3.25 to $45.75 on the New York Stock Exchange.
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November 22, 1996 | DAVID S. HILZENRATH, WASHINGTON POST
CompuServe Inc., one of the pioneers of the computer online services business, said Thursday that competition has become so intense that it's abandoning efforts to chase a consumer mass market. CompuServe executives said they doubted their service's ability--and that of rivals such as America Online Inc. and Microsoft Corp.--to make money by aggressively recruiting subscribers through free trial offers and bargain pricing.
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August 29, 1996 | From Bloomberg Business News
H&R Block Inc. on Wednesday postponed the spinoff of its remaining stake in CompuServe Corp., hoping to raise the stock price before giving the money-losing unit to shareholders. To separate CompuServe from its tax-preparation business, H&R Block intends to improve CompuServe's performance by cutting costs and stemming customer defections to cheaper Internet services.
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June 20, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
CompuServe Names Interim Chairman: The nation's second-biggest online service named a former Hallmark Cards Inc. and BAT Industries executive, Henry F. Frigon, to replace Richard H. Brown, who recently agreed to become chief executive of the telecom concern Cable & Wireless in London. The move comes as CompuServe Inc., with about 5 million subscribers, repositions itself in a market dominated by Internet-based technology. CompuServe also elected Frank L.
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June 5, 1996 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
The fast-changing world of online computing lurched in another unexpected direction Tuesday as software powerhouse Microsoft Corp. agreed to help CompuServe, the nation's second-largest online service, move its operation to the Internet's World Wide Web.
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May 22, 1996 | KAREN KAPLAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
CompuServe Inc. became the latest computer services company to embrace the Internet on Tuesday, as executives announced that the online service will shift most of its content to the World Wide Web by the end of the year. For 17 years, the Columbus, Ohio-based service has used proprietary software to offer its customers access to electronic mail, movie reviews, stock prices and other services. Now the No. 2 online company--which boasts 4.
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