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Instant Messenger Services War Heats Up

On Monday, Yahoo Inc. launched Internet radio and other new services around its messaging software. Microsoft Corp., meanwhile, is leveraging IM as a subscription gaming hub, while America Online Inc. is packaging weather.

“They are becoming much more of a destination as opposed to just a communications front-end,” Rob Enderle, an independent analyst in San Jose, Calif., said of instant-messaging services. “They want to own the user experience.”

Read more at Globe Technology.

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