Facebook set to launch instant messaging service?

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facebooklogo250.jpgBad news for third-party providers – Facebook is set to launch its own instant messaging service, possibly as soon as this week.

That’s the claim from TechCrunch, which reckons the service will be built into user’s Facebook pages and allow them to web chat with their Facebook friends. Initially it was thought to be built on the Jabber open source platform, but now it seems that the initial launch will be Facebook only, rather than being able to mix with other popular clients

All of which is bad news for third parties offering a similar service, as well as the more established players in the market. More if/when the official announcement arrives.

Facebook (via TechCrunch)

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