AOL: The Rise and Fall of the First Internet Empire

AOL

AOL was one of the early pioneers of the Internet in the mid-1990s and the most known brand on the web in the U.S.

It originally provided a dial-up service to millions of Americans, as well as providing a web portal, e-mail, instant messaging and later a web browser following its purchase of Netscape.

At the height of its fame, it purchased the media conglomerate Time Warner in the largest merger in U.S. history. AOL rapidly faded thereafter, partly due to the decline of dial-up to broadband.

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