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AIM aims for developers

AOL opens AIM up to Linux, Mac and Pocket PC developers and adds support for location-based services and PC-to-PC voice calls.

AOL was set to announce on Monday that it is opening up its AIM Software Development Kit to Linux, Mac OS X and Pocket PC developers. In addition, the company is providing the ability for developers to build customized plug-ins and other software that work with AOL's location-based services, PC-to-PC voice calling functionality and multi-party voice chat.

Developers also will be able to create customized AIM Bots, opt-in screen names which help users send pictures or podcasts to their blogs, among other activities. More information on the Open AIM initiative is at