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In 1995, CNN decided to set up a website. Prior to that, CNN was selling CD-ROMs about topical news events.

CNN knew it had a hit in 1996 during the presidential election -- the first to be covered by Internet news sites. experienced tremendous demand that election night, according to Scott Teissler, chief technology officer for Turner, CNN's parent company. (CNN is now owned by Time Warner.)

After that, there was no turning back.

First published June 20, 2016: 2:02 PM ET

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