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According to The Register, the now-disabled Windows Live Messenger Santa bot was prone to off-topic suggestions about oral sex.
IMified is the do-all for accessing popular Web apps like Google Calendar and WordPress from your mobile phone or IM client.
SmarterChild, a once-popular but now extinct "buddy" on AOL's Instant Messenger is poised to make a comeback--but its instant fact-finding will come at a price.
The marketing machinery behind AOL Instant Messenger gets a new face as America Online tests a robot that answers questions about weather and stocks. Say hello to Zoe.
SmarterChild, the automated answer service that predicts the weather, asks trivia questions, and plays blackjack, falls victim to its own success.
A new toolkit that allows software developers to automatically query the search site's database has spawned visions of real-time search results. But critics are skeptical.
The company is the latest to use instant messaging as a marketing tool, introducing an interactive agent to promote eBay with a limited number of AOL Instant Messenger users.
The technology start-up plans to help companies such as Hewlett-Packard and Sabre Holdings build their own "bots" that send information in instant messages.
The chipmaker adds a "bot" to its bag of marketing tricks for the Pentium 4, partnering with ActiveBuddy to provide information about the chip via instant messenger.
Warner Bros. is joining the instant chat craze by launching a self-branded IM buddy for one of its musicians, a sign that major record labels hope to grab music fans where they live online.