USA Today reports on AOLs move to place most of its news, sports, chats and other features on the open Internet. It's the culmination of AOL's 18-month-old plan to vie...

USA Today reports on AOLs move to place most of its news, sports, chats and other features on the open Internet. It's the culmination of AOL's 18-month-old plan to vie head-on with Google, Yahoo and Microsoft as an advertising-driven Web portal. The new strategy is a bid to offset the loss of millions of subscribers.

As part of a test, online users now can access a Web version of AOL's trademark welcome screen and menu of content channels by going to AOL.com and clicking on a link called "AOL.com Beta Test." Over the summer, AOL plans to move the programming directly to AOL.com. "Very quietly, the walled-garden era has ended," AOL Chief Jonathan Miller told USA Today.   

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