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

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 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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