It's now known as Quantum Computer Services and it's hallmark "you've got mail" greeting has become a golden oldie, but America Online, the company that really changed the way people use the Internet, is still around and still trying to reinvent itself as a content and advertising company, USA Today reports.
AOL last year broke free from Time Warner, its partner and owner since a 2001 merger that was supposed to shake, rattle and roll the Internet space. Instead, when TW spun off the Internet venture last year, most observers saw it as the end of a terrible marriage. Now AOL, which at its peak had nearly 30 million members behind its walled gardens, is looking to make itself relevant in a space where Google TV is the hot news and Apple TV is the scalding way to watch Internet television.
"AOL was at the epicenter of the Internet being a hot thing," said co-founder Steve Case. "The question is how do you return it to being a leader."
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