Bertelsmann to launch a German America Online

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An outgrowth of their alliance formed last March, Bertelsmann AG, an $11 billion global media company, is building on America Online in Germany to create a German online service by the end of this year. The conglomerate predicts the service, expanding next year to France and the U.K., will have 1 million subscribers by 2000. Each of the companies has invested $100 million in the joint venture, which eventually plans to offer digital multimedia services throughout Europe.

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