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The ill-fated HTC First, also known as the Facebook Phone, was doomed before launch. The Android skin, dedicated to Facebook Home, did not prove popular — especially as it is far from an exclusive piece of software — and despite a $99 price tag, failed to garner much interest. The death knell was struck when the exclusive carrier, AT&T, began offering the handset for 99 cents in what it called at the time a "temporary sale."
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America Online, AOL
At its peak, America Online (AOL) accounted for over 30 million subscribers, garnered through internet newbies and heavy marketing which left us drowning in free AOL discs every time we opened a tech magazine. However, the Internet Service Provider (ISP) was well-known for dial-up problems, slow and stuttering software and questionable billing. It may have improved of late after rebranding as a content provider, but the stigma remains.