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You have to hand it to CompuServe. In a short space of time it has transformed itself from a boring near-monopoly into one of the most dynamic service providers on the planet. The threat of competition from the Microsoft Network had everything to do with it. First CompuServe cut its prices and increased the number of free services. Second it provided a full Internet connection. Now it has abandoned its quirky practice of insisting that your e-mail address could only be expressed in numeric format, allowing you to pick an alias instead. I know several companies that refused to join…

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