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ZDNet: AOL blocks iCaster from AIM program

Mar 03, 2000, 16:54 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Margaret Kane)

"America Online Inc. (NYSE: AOL) has now blocked iCast, a CMGI Inc. (Nasdaq: CMGI) company, from accessing its AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) program. iCast's iCaster application combines a multimedia player with messaging, using technology from Tribal Voice, another CMGI firm."

"Several companies, including AltaVista and AT&T Corp. (NYSE: T), use Tribal Voice's technology in their instant messaging programs."

"AOL has fiercely resisted attempts by unauthorized third parties to interoperate with its AIM program. While the company has agreed to license its software to some companies, it has accused unauthorized companies of 'hacking' in their attempts to work with the AIM program."

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