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AOL and their users: Dumb and Dumber

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The first question should be, "who the hell still uses AOL?" With DSL being advertised for $20 or less for new users, and cable providers doing more to use that fat pipe, LAist finds very little sympathy for modern-day web surfers who pay the Virginia company $28 a month for the wonders of dial-up.

And we have even less sympathy for those whose social security numbers ended up on an AOL-generated web site recently when the internet and content provider bent over for the prying eyes of BushCo and published 20 million keyword searches onto the WWW.

If you recall, the government, not satisfied with illegally tapping our phonelines, subpoenaed companies like Microsoft, AT&T, Google, and AOL in January under the guise of wanting to find out more about pornography queries by getting data on search terms and urls. Google refused to work with the feds and it appeared that AOL denied them as well until this weekend it was discovered that the Time Warner owner had collected everything the Justice Dept. had asked for -- and then some.

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Later the company apologized and called it a screw up.