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Google Talk makes its debut

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Aug. 24
Mountain View, Calif.—Google announced Wednesday the launch of Google Talk, a new, ad-free application that will enable Gmail users to connect with the Talk service and talk or exchange IMs (instant messages) with other users for free.

Users can also invite others to use Google Talk by clicking “add friend” in the interface. Those invited will also receive a Gmail e-mail account.

The announcement was heavily rumored, and the news marks another indication of the search leader’s intention to expand its business well beyond search.

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