Prodigy gives subscribers names

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Prodigy, White Plains, N.Y., said that effective Jan. 15 it will offer its members "Net Names," a custom identification program that will allow a user to register for free any group of characters he or she wants for e-mail and ID purposes. The long-awaited service replaces the awkward combination of letters and numbers Prodigy had used to assign members screen names.

The move for custom-identification mirrors one announced recently by CompuServe, which will allow its members to customize e-mail addresses (which were in the past nine-digit numerical codes).

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