London (Sept. 10, 2003) -- In a move that could move the popular instant messaging craze from friendly chatting to a key business tool, Reuters and America Online announced that they have inked a deal to provide access between their instant messaging services.

The new partnership will link major commercial banks, investment firms and mutual funds through the widely used consumer software. The partnership marks the first time that AOL has allowed its instant-messaging network to communicate directly with other networks.

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