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CNET News.com: AOL instant messaging efforts may be at cross purposes

May 15, 2000, 14:23 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Festa)

"AOL-owned Netscape Communications has hired an engineer, Robert Ginda, who was expected to collaborate on another organization's software that will let people exchange instant messages with potentially any chat system on the Net, including AOL's."

"AOL confirmed that Ginda is on Netscape's payroll but declined to comment further. Ginda did not return calls placed to his office at Netscape."

"Ginda has ties to a start-up called Jabber.org, an open-source effort devoted to developing a universal instant messaging system. Jabber is included in Corel's Linux products and is funded by Corel's partner, Webb Interactive Services."

"Jabber tackles the tricky limitations of trying to get instant messaging services to talk to one another."

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