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Instant Messaging Planet: Google Talk Unveiled a Day Early

“Google’s free IM and VoIP service was revealed but not
announced on Tuesday afternoon, offering users the ability to
connect to the Google Talk network using either Google’s own
software or any Jabber-compatible IM client…

“Late Tuesday, the Google Talk page went live, offering users
the ability to download Google’s Windows-only IM client as well as
instructions on how to use Jabber-capable clients on other
platforms, including iChat and Adium on Mac OS X, Trillian on
Windows, and GAIM on Linux and other Unix systems…”

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News: Google Planning IM Service, Report Says
(Aug 23, 2005)