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Users fume over Yahoo-Trillian scuffle (CNET News.com)
I don't have many Yahoo IM contacts, but I do use GAIM, so this is kind of a pain. Trillian apparently has a patch already to get around this. I'm not sure what GAIM will do. I guess it's Yahoo's network, so they can do whatever they want with it, but there will always be ways around their controls. If people want to use a thrid party client or block ads, they'll find a way to do it.
I wish Jabber would pick up more steam. If you check the technical overview, you can see it works in a decentralized fashion, which is where IM really needs to go. Imagine how useful email would have been if it always required people to use different propriatary networks (think, when prodigy, compuserv, etc, didn’t talk to each other).