Country: ItalySector: Business and Consumer ServicesTarget: ICQ
GlobalBuyer: Underwriters Laboratories Inc (UL)Type: Corporate acquisitionStatus: Closed
may be their most popular invention so far but, as Vigiser once put it, "We thought that ICQ
would be something we'd start with and then we'd do something else, because it looks small for us.
Tatyana Menkova, analyst at Russian investment holding Finam, told Kommersant that ICQ
may be worth up to USD60m (EUR44m), and Yandex has at least USD100m cash available.
According to TelephonyWorld, the programme also includes an AOL Client Certification Kit with user interface guidelines, branding elements and functional specifications for the mobile AIM and ICQ
services; Access to AOL's Gateway server and an expedited AOL review process to speed up the approval of new AIM and ICQ
clients for mobile devices.
The agreement will see Comverse adding ICQ
to its Mobile Instant Messaging (MIM) offering, with certified mobile ICQ
clients, authorized access to the ICQ
network, and access to its own MIM server.
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Both suggest that AOL wants to use ICQ
and its 21 million loyal users to outflank the big (and mostly unprofitable) players in the portal wars.
It is widely rumored that America Online will roll out a new "desktop portal" based on the next generation of its ICQ