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ICQ 5.04

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.

By June 23, 2005

3 stars Editors' rating June 23, 2005

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Yahoo, ICQ chats still vulnerable to government snoops

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?

By February 28, 2014


Kaspersky finds fake antivirus program in ads on ICQ

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.

By January 25, 2011


ICQ Lite Alpha

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.

By September 17, 2002

3 stars Editors' rating September 17, 2002

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Digital Sky buys AOL's ICQ

The instant-messaging software changes hands for $187.5 million, going to Russia's Digital Sky as AOL continues to clean house.

By April 28, 2010


Bids are in for AOL's sale of ICQ--it's down to 'UN' of 4 buyers

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.

By February 8, 2010


Report: Russian investor in talks to buy ICQ

DST, which recently made a $200 million investment in Facebook, is reportedly in negotiations to acquire AOL's instant-messaging service.

By December 13, 2009


AOL sees revenues slide, profits rise

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.

By November 3, 2010


Russia-based Facebook investor changes name

Digital Sky Technologies, known for its investments in Facebook and acquisition of AOL's ICQ, changes it name to Mail.ru Group.

By September 16, 2010


CNET News Daily Podcast: Secret Google phone revealed

On the podcast: Google reveals new mobile-phone plans, AOL may sell ICQ, Toyota to sell plug-in hybrids, and more.

By December 14, 2009