Dulles, Va.-based America Online's worldwide membership has surpassed 16 million. The Internet service provider exceeded 15 million worldwide members on Dec. 30, 1998. That announcement comes on the heels of AOL's selecting CNET, San Francisco, Calif., to be its exclusive provider of co-branded computer hardware and software buying guides for the AOL service and AOL.com. Under the multi-year agreement, the buying guides also will be available on CompuServe and AOL's Digital City. CNET will also create several co-branded content areas including information on downloading software and building Web sites. In related news, AOL's local content network, Digital City, is now used by 7.8% of all those who use the Web and online services from home every month, or 4.3 million people, according to research firm Media Metrix. That's up more than 1 million from October 1998.
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