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CNET News.com: Yahoo, Excite@Home may join instant messaging complaint [against AOL]

May 10, 2000, 14:40 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Hu)

"CMGI is rallying Internet companies to demand further government scrutiny of America Online's pending merger with Time Warner, citing AOL's refusal to open its instant messaging services to rivals."

"iCast and Tribal Voice--both privately held, CMGI majority-owned firms--have requested support from Web giant Yahoo and cable Internet service provider Excite@Home, among others. iCast and Tribal Voice could present a letter to regulators by the end of the week, according to sources familiar with the plans, provided enough companies in the industry sign on."

"A source close to Excite@Home said the company plans to sign the letter. The company declined to comment on the issue. However, a Yahoo spokesman confirmed the letter has been received and that the company is "evaluating it now." Should they decide to take action, iCast, Tribal Voice and their potential allies will likely forward the letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by May 11, the agency's deadline for public comment on the AOL-Time Warner merger."

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