Brief: Napsterlike Service Links File Sharing

SAN MATEO (08/14/2000) - A technology called Aimster has emerged that uses America Online Inc.'s Instant Messenger (AIM) which allows AIM users to search for and share files, including music or other digital content, through a private peer-to-peer network determined by the AIM user's buddy list. Only users linked by that buddy list would be included in the network, and, according to Aimster officials, the service cannot be blocked by the messaging service provider -- a problem that has plagued other IM companies seeking interoperability with AIM. Aimster, available now as a free download, is expected to be available for Yahoo Inc., ICQ, and MSN instant messengers in early October.

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