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BetaNews: Message Firms Threaten DoJ Action In AOL-IM Debate

Apr 22, 2000, 19:13 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aaron Dobbins)

"The merger of America Online Inc. and Time Warner Inc. should not receive Federal Communications Commission approval until the FCC examines AOL's policy of making its Instant Messenger service incompatible with other companies' similar services, according to two companies experiencing the freeze-out."

"Tribal Voice CEO Ross Bagully today told Newsbytes that instant messaging is a communications wave of the future, and that one company's attempts to make itself the dominant brand raises concerns similar to Microsoft Corp.'s dominance of the Windows operating system."

"He said that AOL's refusal to allow interoperability could lead to legal action, up to and including a potential Justice Department complaint, adding that this issue shows a more abusive nature than Microsoft's Windows practices."

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