Easy, free services make ICQ 5.04 a fine choice for voice, keyboard, or Webcam chats, but MSN Messenger 7.0 and Yahoo Messenger 7.0 offer more features.
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Spy agencies and hackers at your local Starbucks can vacuum up Yahoo and ICQ chats and metadata about AOL's AIM users. These services are over a decade old -- why are they not fully encrypted?
Ad for clothing line that is shown in ICQ also pops up a fake antivirus warning, encouraging the user to download a program that's not a legitimate antivirus product.
ICQ Lite is easier to use and takes up fewer resources than ICQ Pro, but it doesn't offer an improvement over other mainstream IMs. ICQ diehards, use it for stripped-down messaging but stick with Trillian if you use more than one IM service.
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The instant-messaging software changes hands for $187.5 million, going to Russia's Digital Sky as AOL continues to clean house.
The bidders, offering in the vicinity of $200 million, are likelier to be one of many international Internet companies rather than a U.S. one.
DST, which recently made a $200 million investment in Facebook, is reportedly in negotiations to acquire AOL's instant-messaging service.
The Web portal reports a 26 percent drop in revenue for the third quarter. Net earnings were buoyed by the sale of investments in Kayak and its ICQ operations.
Digital Sky Technologies, known for its investments in Facebook and acquisition of AOL's ICQ, changes it name to Mail.ru Group.
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