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Free computer business heats up

With the investment by America Online in the upstart PC maker, the line between what is a PC company and what is an Internet service provider seems to getfuzzier every day.

 

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With the investment by America Online in the upstart PC maker, the line between a PC company and Internet service provider seems to blur more every day.

"It's the 'cellularization' of the PC industry."

- Stephen Dukker, chief executive of Emachines

 


AOL deal signals sea change for PCs
news analysis See special report: 
When worlds collideThe Emachines pact underscores the shifts that have been taking place in the PC industry, with the low-cost PC makers reaping the biggest benefits.

AOL, Emachines in PC-Net alliance
update America Online will invest in the maker of low-priced computers and will team with the company to try to make getting online easier and more affordable.

Circuit City joins rush toward free PCs
The retail chain is launching a subsidized PC program, becoming the latest player in the increasingly crowded free computer market.

previous coverage
AOL, Microworkz talks signal "ISP-PC" convergence
With AOL in discussions with upstart PC maker Microworkz, and Gateway seeking to expand Internet services, the world seems to be headed toward the "ISP-PC."

Dell, following Gateway, will launch own ISP
Dell Computer will begin offering Internet service in the United States within the next three months, chief executive Michael Dell confirms.