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IETF OKs ‘XMPP-Core’

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IETF OKs ‘XMPP-Core’

Posted By Christopher Saunders

One of the leading frameworks for real-time communications received a sizable vote of confidence Thursday, when the Internet Engineering Task Force (define) signed off on the core specifications of Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP).
The approved document, known as “XMPP-Core,” provides specifications for general-purpose

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IETF Closes in on Linking Geographic Info, Presence

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IETF Closes in on Linking Geographic Info, Presence

Posted By Christopher Saunders

Instant messaging brought “presence” — the ability to tell when others are available for chat — to the desktop. Now, the concept could be on the cusp of another, quiet evolution: incorporating location information.
Presence as a source of users’ status information has been maturing

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  • over 13 years ago
2003’s Top Trends in IM

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2003’s Top Trends in IM

Posted By Christopher Saunders

Pundits will probably look back on 2003 — at best — as a year of very conservative growth for the instant messaging industry.
But those in the trenches this year deserve a good deal of congratulations. Despite long sales cycles and continued strain on IT

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Yahoo! Blocks Third-Party IM, Considers Trillian Clone

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Yahoo! Blocks Third-Party IM, Considers Trillian Clone

Posted By Christopher Saunders

In the wake of Microsoft’s efforts to block unauthorized instant messaging clients from its .NET Messenger network, rival Yahoo! is following suit — while also considering ways to provide access to competitors’ networks.
Last week, a Yahoo! user survey asked visitors to its Web portal

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  • over 14 years ago
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Video IM

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Apple Takes a Bite Out of Video IM

Posted By Christopher Saunders

Apple Computer is hoping to jumpstart video and audio instant messaging with an upgrade to its popular iChat client, which is compatible with AOL Instant Messenger.
Yesterday, the Cupertino, Calif.-based PC and software player took the wraps off iChat AV, an enhanced version of the

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AOL: We’ll Explore IM Interoperability

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AOL: We’ll Explore IM Interoperability

Posted By Christopher Saunders

After years of shying away from compatibility with other instant messaging networks, AOL Time Warner is again indicating that it will consider ways to open its proprietary system.
The partner in this effort is longtime IM archrival Microsoft, and the announcement comes as part of

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IMPlanet’s Linux IM Client Bonanza

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IMPlanet’s Linux IM Client Bonanza

Posted By Christopher Saunders

In spite of the hard-core technical and Internet-centric ethos typically associated with the Linux community, the open-source OS isn’t known for having particularly good instant messaging clients.
That could be changing, however. As Linux is steadily winning favor in the workplace, a crowd of up-and-coming

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AOL Asks FCC to OK Video IM

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AOL Asks FCC to OK Video IM

Posted By Christopher Saunders

America Online has asked the Federal Communications Commission to drop a two-year-old restriction on the media conglomerate’s development of broadband-based video instant messaging and other advanced services.
While signing off on the America Online-Time Warner merger in 2001, the FCC had decided that the combined

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