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AOL has blocked users of its instant messaging(IM) software from mingling with those loyal to small-fry IM outfit, Odigo.com.

AOL pulled the plug just ten days after Odigo.com launched its latest software.

"We are quite disappointed that AOL has responded to our interoperability in this fashion", said Avner Ronen, Odigo's VP of Strategic Development.

"We provided AOL interoperability as an option for our users because of an overwhelming call for it.

"Without IM interoperability the social surfer suffers, the Internet consumer suffers, business communication suffers, and e-commerce suffers - everyone loses," he said

In a statement Odigo claims the block came "without warning".

No one from AOL was available for comment by press time. ®

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