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CompUSA, AOL Form Alliance

August 27, 1999

DULLES, Va. (AP) _ CompUSA Inc. and America Online Inc. today announced a marketing alliance under which CompUSA will begin selling computers with a custom keyboard that has a key for connecting directly to AOL.

CompUSA, a Dallas-based retailer of personal computers and related products, said it would pre-load AOL and CompuServe software onto its PCs and sell the software in its stores. CompUSA also will offer classes at some stores on how to use the AOL software.

Also under the deal, special rates for 24-hour CompUSA customer support will be offered to AOL and CompuServe members.

AOL, the Dulles, Va.-based Internet service provider, has more than 18 million members, plus another 2 million subscribers through its CompuServe subsidiary.

CompUSA operates 210 stores in 82 U.S. metropolitan areas.

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