Columbus, OH, May 12, - CompuServe, one of the world's premier Internet services and the value leader in Internet access, today announced significant enhancements to its CompuServe. New features and enhancements on the service include personalized news, updated weather, favorite links and Web Centers highlighting specific areas of interest. The Inktomi-powered search now offers better search results in less time, and includes a "CompuServe Best Picks" feature, in which CompuServe suggests the best choices for more than of the most frequently conducted queries.
In an April 1 letter to Attorney General Janet Reno, the group, the American Family Association, accused Compuserve of "offering pornography and other sexually oriented material on its on-line service to its users, including children. Patrick A. Trueman, director of governmental affairs in the Washington office of the American Family Association, said on Wednesday that Compuserve had not set up rigorous enough controls to block children's access to its new adult feature.
AOL stylized as Aol. It is a brand marketed by Verizon Media. The service traces its history to an online service known as PlayNETwhich hosted multi-player games for the Commodore
Just days after Prodigy announced a ban on Internet newsgroups containing child porn, CompuServe said Thursday that it will move all adult content into a sort of gated community requiring a separate password to enter. The moves come amid increasing "self-regulation" by online services striving to avoid government regulation. Prudent, but not perfect. The fact is, any year-old armed with a credit card and a willingness to fib can obtain a password and slip easily through the gate.
CompuServe is cordoning off adult content and putting it into a protected area that is intended to be out of the reach of children. With the move to create the Adult Community forum, CompuServe becomes the latest access provider to set controls aimed at creating kid-safe online spaces. In the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling that tossed out the Communications Decency Actproviders are falling all over each other to come up with their own solution to make their sites appear to be safest for kids.
CompuServe CB Simulator was the first  dedicated online chat service that was widely available to the public. At that time, most people were familiar with citizens band radiooften abbreviated as CB radio, but multi-user chat and instant messaging were largely unknown. Like CB radio it had 40 "channels" and commands like "tune", "squelch", and "monitor".
On Wednesday, it announced it would no longer tolerate spammers, and the plan was revoked. Yet it underscores ongoing and pressing struggles for Usenet, which once was the heart and soul of the Internet. The plain fact is that Usenet is in a fight for its own life.
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Granted, computer networking was initially envisioned in the heyday of The Beatles as a military-centric command and control scheme. But as it expanded beyond just a privileged few hubs and nodes, so too did the idea that connected computers might also make a great forum for discussing mutual topics of interest, and perhaps even meeting or renewing acquaintances with other humans. In the s, that process began in earnest.
Once used only to describe hard-won maturity, it's also come to symbolize the kind of sordid amusements immortalized in the Starr report. So give America Online Inc. Just a year ago, AOL completed its acquisition of CompuServe, the one-time leader in on-line services. To old-time CompuServers like me, it was a somber event.