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Wired: AOL Insta-Spams MSN Messenger

Aug 08, 1999, 23:58 (10 Talkback[s])

"AOL fired off a semi-ominous message -- combined with a pitch for AOL's own software -- to users accessing its chat system with Microsoft's competing instant messaging software."

"Please be advised that you are currently accessing the AOL Network using unauthorized software. You can download a FREE, fully featured, and authorized client, here," the message said.

"The message, a unique form of targeted instant spam, then linked Messenger users to a site for downloading AOL's competing instant messaging software."

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