January 4, 1994: Real World Meets eWorld, World Sighs

pple had every chance to be a major internet service provider and the opportunity was never so obvious as glaring when Apple began project Samuel. The result was AppleLink-Personal Edition. For $6 to $15 an hour users could connect to Apple-centric resources via the phone line. Apple provided the software and marketing while a little known company called Quantum built and maintained the system.
Unfortunately Apple and Quantum battled over the vision for the service and during a fat cutting session at Apple, AppleLink was killed. This left Quantum a bit high and dry but Apple compensated the corporation by funding completion of the project. With the Apple out of the way Quantum dumped the Apple branding and renamed the corporation America Online.
Straight from the “Oops, I call do over