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Executives at AOL are in a frothy lather after a teenager published details about the company's yet-to-be-released software on his Web site. AOL 6.0 -- which is still on the drawing board -- isn't even supposed to be beta tested until May. It's scheduled for general release in August. According to CNET, the youth has already been slapped with a notice from lawyers to remove the unauthorised material from the site or face the consequences. They claim he must have obtained the information from an illegal source. It seems the confidential information was either hacked or leaked. But a message on the site reads: "All information was gained legally without the use of a third-party source, and without breaking any laws. The information was posted in a public file library on AOL." Unfortunately, no one from AOL was available for comment by press time so there's no way of knowing whether AOL has egg on its face, or whether it has a genuine case. Either way, as of 12:35pm (GMT), the offending site was still available. If you get a thrill out of seeing under-the-bonnet developmental screen grabs of new software -- including AOL 6.0's tool bar and Instant Messaging service -- then have a sneaky peak here. ®

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