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ICQ
Image:ICQ.svg
Latest release 6.0.6059 / April 16, 2008
OS Windows, Macintosh, mobile phones
Genre Instant messaging client
License Adware
Website ICQ

ICQ is an instant messaging computer program, which was first developed by the Israeli company Mirabilis, now owned by Time Warner's AOL subsidiary. The first version of the program was released in November 1996 and ICQ became the first Internet-wide instant messaging service. The name ICQ is an initialism on the phrase "I seek you". America Online (AOL) acquired Mirabilis on June 8, 1998 for $407 million. Today ICQ is used by over 29 million users worldwide. Image File history File links ICQ.svg‎ Description: The ICQ Logo in SVG format License: Fair use This is a logo of an organization, item, or event, and is protected by copyright and/or trademark. ... Code complete redirects here. ... is the 106th day of the year (107th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... An operating system (OS) is a software that manages computer resources and provides programmers with an interface used to access those resources. ... Windows redirects here. ... The first Macintosh computer, introduced in 1984, upgraded to a 512K Fat Mac. The Macintosh or Mac, is a line of personal computers designed, developed, manufactured, and marketed by Apple Computer. ... // Instant messaging (IM) is a form of real-time communication between two or more people based on typed text. ... In computing, a client is a system that accesses a (remote) service on another computer by some kind of network. ... A software license is a legal agreement which may take the form of a proprietary or gratuitous license as well as a memorandum of contract between a producer and a user of computer software. ... This article is about advertising-supported software. ... A website (alternatively, web site or Web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or more web servers, usually accessible via the Internet. ... // Instant messaging (IM) is a form of real-time communication between two or more people based on typed text. ... A computer program is a collection of instructions that describe a task, or set of tasks, to be carried out by a computer. ... Mirabilis was the name of the Israeli company that produced ICQ, a popular instant messenger. ... Time Warner Inc. ... For other uses, see AOL (disambiguation). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... // Instant messaging (IM) is a form of real-time communication between two or more people based on typed text. ... Look up acronym, initialism, alphabetism in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see AOL (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see AOL (disambiguation). ... Mirabilis can mean: A plant. ... is the 159th day of the year (160th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ...

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History

Mirabilis was first established by five Israelis: Yair Goldfinger, Sefi Vigiser, Amnon Amir, Arik Vardi and his father Yossi Vardi. They recognized that many people are online and using a non-UNIX operating system, and that there is no software that enables an immediate connection between them. Mirabilis can mean: A plant. ... Yossi Vardi in 2005 Yossi Vardi is one of Israels early tech entrepreneurs. ... Online means being connected to the Internet or another similar electronic network, like a bulletin board system. ... Filiation of Unix and Unix-like systems Unix (officially trademarked as UNIX®, sometimes also written as or ® with small caps) is a computer operating system originally developed in 1969 by a group of AT&T employees at Bell Labs including Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie and Douglas McIlroy. ... An operating system (OS) is a software that manages computer resources and provides programmers with an interface used to access those resources. ...


What was missing was the technology for locating and connecting the users in the Windows operating system. 1. ... An operating system (OS) is a software that manages computer resources and provides programmers with an interface used to access those resources. ...


The technology Mirabilis developed for ICQ brought a new spirit into the IM world and gained success while being distributed and downloaded for free. This success brought AOL to acquire Mirabilis on June 8, 1998, for $407 million. With this signed agreement, Mirabilis became the first Israeli high-tech company sold at this price. Mirabilis can mean: A plant. ... // Instant messaging (IM) is a form of real-time communication between two or more people based on typed text. ... If you are trying to upload a file onto Wikipedia, click here. ... For other uses, see AOL (disambiguation). ... is the 159th day of the year (160th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ...


Features

  • ICQ features include sending text messages, offline support, multi-user chats, free daily-limited SMS sending, resumable file transfers, greeting cards, multiplayer games and a searchable user directory.
  • ICQ6 was launched on April 4, 2007, and offered a single communication platform that combines the various user options: IM services, free SMS from ICQ to mobile, voice and video communication. The software's new sound gallery was orchestrated by the Israeli psychedelic trance duo Infected Mushroom. Among the new additional features in ICQ6 are Quick IM, which allows users to send a short message without opening a conversation window, a “follow me” service directly to the user’s mobile, a multi-chat service and Zlango support, the animated icons language.

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Additional products

ICQ provides all users additional services and content products:

  1. ICQ TV—An online video magazine. The magazine broadcasts content for teens 24/7.
  2. ICQ SIM Card—A SIM card that enables users traveling across Europe to use their mobile while paying a discount price.
  3. ICQ Game Center—A games platform that enables the user to play with and /or against other users.
  4. ICQ2Go—A web IM option for users who cannot download the program onto their computer (for various reasons, like “firewall” for instance). ICQ2Go uses a ‘port-80’ browser for this type of communication feature.

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UIN

ICQ users are identified by numbers called UIN, distributed in sequential order. The UIN was first invented by Mirabilis, as the user name assigned to each user upon registration. The meaning is either Universal Internet Number or Unified Identification Number. Every user receives a UIN when first registering to ICQ. As of ICQ6, users are also able to log in using the specific e-mail address they associated with their UIN during the registration process. Unlike other IM software or web applications, on ICQ the only permanent user info is the UIN, although it is possible to search for other users using their associated e-mail address or any other detail they have made public (by updating it in the public profile). In addition, the user can change all of his or her personal information, including screen name and e-mail address, without having to re-register. Since 2000, ICQ and AIM users are able to add each other to their contact list without the need for any external clients. As a response to UIN theft or sale of attractive UINs, ICQ started to store email addresses previously associated to a UIN [1]. As such, UINs that are stolen can sometimes be reclaimed. This applies only if (since 1999 and onwards) a valid primary email address was entered into the user profile. Mirabilis can mean: A plant. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Look up IM, im, Im in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In software engineering, a web application is an application delivered to users from a web server over a network such as the World Wide Web or an intranet. ... For pseudonyms used for film appearances, see stage name For pseudonyms used for internet communications and BBSs, see screenname The Screen Name service (also ScreenName) is a common password system that is required to use any services or programs from AOL, AIM, Compuserve, or Netscape This is a disambiguation page... AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) is a free, advertisement-supported proprietary instant messaging and presence computer program which uses the OSCAR instant messaging protocol and the TOC protocol. ...


Development history

First versions

ICQ was developed in 1996 by Mirabilis. The company was founded by four young Israelis: Yair Goldfinger, Arik Vardi, Sefi Vigiser and Amnon Amir. After AOL bought it, it was managed by Ariel Yarnitsky and Avi Shechter. Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Mirabilis was the name of the Israeli company that produced ICQ, a popular instant messenger. ... Mirabilis was the name of the Israeli company that produced ICQ (I seek you), which in the 1990s was the most popular form of Instant Messenger. ... Mirabilis was the name of the Israeli company that produced ICQ (I seek you), which in the 1990s was the most popular form of Instant Messenger. ... Mirabilis was the name of the Israeli company that produced ICQ (I seek you), which in the 1990s was the most popular form of Instant Messenger. ... Mirabilis was the name of the Israeli company that produced ICQ (I seek you), which in the 1990s was the most popular form of Instant Messenger. ...


America Online acquired Mirabilis on June 8, 1998 for $407 million, ($287 million in cash and $120 million over a three-year period based on growth performance levels). To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... is the 159th day of the year (160th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ...


Later versions

  • ICQ 2000 incorporated the now-defunct Notes and Reminder features.
  • ICQ 2001 has presented the important feature: support of server-side contact list. It meant that the user could get access to the contact list from any PC where ICQ 2001 or higher had been installed.
  • ICQ 2002 was the last completely advertising-free ICQ version.
  • ICQ Pro 2003b was the first ICQ version to use the ICQ protocol version 10. However, ICQ 5 and 5.1 use version 9 of the protocol. ICQ 2002 and 2003a used version 8 of the ICQ protocol. Earlier versions (ICQ 2001b and all ICQ clients before it) used ICQ protocol version 7.
  • ICQ 4 and later ICQ 5 (released on Monday, February 7, 2005), were upgrades on ICQ Lite. One addition was Xtraz, which offers games and features intended to appeal to younger users of the Internet. ICQ Lite was originally an idea to offer the lighter users of instant messaging an alternative client which was a smaller download and less resource-hungry for relatively slow computers.
  • ICQ 5 introduced skins support. There are few official skins available for the current ICQ 5.1 at the official website; however, a number of user-generator skins have been made available for download.
  • ICQ 6, released on 17 April 2007, is the first major update since ICQ 4. The user interface has been redesigned using Boxely, the same rendering engine used in AIM Triton. This change adds new features such as the ability to send IMs directly from the client's contact list. This version's sound clips were produced/augmented by the Israeli psychedelic trance duo Infected Mushroom.

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In popular culture

ICQ, a short film about ICQ, was directed by Greg McLean, who later wrote Wolf Creek. The film was described by its writer as a mystery/drama, and it concerns a man who while surfing the ICQ network comes across a woman whose acquaintance he could well have done without. The relationship runs the gauntlet of intrigue through to the sinister. It was released in 2001. The short film took out the "Best Director" award in October 2001 at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. On return to his home soil in Australia, McLean's film was nominated for Best Sound Design (short film) for the prestigious AFI (Australian Film Institute) awards in 2002. Greg Mclean is an Australian Director, Producer and Writer. ... Wolf Creek is a 2005 Australian horror film, written, co-produced and directed by Greg McLean. ... This article is about the year. ... The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) is a film screening event in various American cities. ... The Australian Film Institute (AFI), established in 1958, is an organisation that promotes Australian film and television through the annual AFI Awards, a membership program and AFI film events throughout the year. ...


ICQ also plays an important role in a Polish popular novel Samotność w sieci (Loneliness in the Net) as its main protagonists accidentally find each other in the Internet and, via ICQ, they develop a passionate feeling.


ICQ Lite was seen installed on a computer in the second episode of the American science fiction show, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.


Clients

AOL's OSCAR network protocol used by ICQ is proprietary, but a number of people have created more or less compatible, ICQ Terms of Service violating third-party clients, by using reverse engineering and protocol descriptions available on the net. These Clients include: For other uses, see AOL (disambiguation). ... OSCAR is AOLs instant messaging and presence information protocol standing for Open System for CommunicAtion in Realtime. ... In networking, a communications protocol or network protocol is the specification of a set of rules for a particular type of communication. ... Proprietary software is software with restrictions on copying and modifying as enforced by the proprietor. ...

  • Adium: supports ICQ, Yahoo!, AIM, MSN, Google Talk, Jabber, and others, for Mac OS X
  • Ayttm: supports ICQ, Yahoo!, AIM, MSN, IRC, and Jabber
  • bitlbee: instant messaging gateway for IRC, supports ICQ, Yahoo!, AIM, MSN, Google Talk, and Jabber
  • centericq: supports ICQ, Yahoo!, AIM, MSN, IRC and Jabber, text-based
  • climm: text-based (formerly mICQ)
  • Digsby: supports ICQ, AIM, MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk, Jabber, and social networking updated for Windows
  • Easy message: Small instant messaging service (250kb), supports MSN, AIM, ICQ, and Yahoo!.
  • Fire: supports ICQ, Yahoo!, AIM, MSN, IRC, and Jabber, for Mac OS X
  • iChat: Mac only client, using ICQ's UIN as an AIM screenname.
  • Kopete: supports AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, Jabber, IRC, Gadu-Gadu, Novell GroupWise Messenger, and more. For Unix/Linux.
  • Licq: supports ICQ, AIM and MSN. For Unix/Linux.
  • Meebo: Ajax-based, supports ICQ, AIM, Yahoo!, MSN, GoogleTalk and Jabber
  • Meetro: IM and social networking combined with location; supports AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo!
  • Miranda IM: plugin based, open source, supports ICQ, Yahoo!, AIM, MSN, IRC, Google Talk, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, BNet, and others. For MS Windows only.
  • Naim: Minimal terminal program based on ncurses
  • Pidgin (formerly Gaim): supports ICQ, Yahoo!, AIM, MSN, IRC, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, SILC, and others
  • Proteus: supports ICQ, Yahoo!, Yahoo! Japan, AIM, MSN, Jabber and iChat Rendezvous, for Mac OS X
  • SIM-IM
  • stICQ: supports ICQ, for Symbian OS
  • Trillian: supports ICQ, Yahoo!, AIM, MSN, IRC, Google Talk, Jabber and others
  • QIP (Quiet Internet Pager): ICQ, AIM, and (partly) Jabber and XIMSS
  • YSM: text-based
  • Smarticq: ICQ client for mIRC.

AOL has recently begun making its ICQ software more AIM-like by adding AIM Smilies, as well as introducing cross AIM/ICQ communication. Users on ICQ are able to communicate with AIM users; however, such capability is in beta stages. Adium is a popular instant messaging client for Mac OS X that supports multiple protocols through the libpurple library. ... Official logo of the Jabber Software Foundation Jabber is a collection of open, real-time communication technologies built on the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP). ... Mac OS X (pronounced ) is a line of graphical operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc. ... Ayttm is an instant messaging (aka chat) client that provides all-in-one chat functionality for several major instant messaging services from one simple program. ... Irssi IRC client connected to a Bitlbee server to communicate via Windows Live. ... Centericq is a text mode menu- and window-driven IM interface that supports the ICQ, Yahoo!, AIM, MSN, IRC, and Jabber protocols. ... climm (previously mICQ) is a free text-based instant messaging client that runs on a wide variety of platforms, including AmigaOS, BeOS, Windows (using either Cygwin or MinGW), Mac OS X, NetBSD/OpenBSD/FreeBSD, Linux, Solaris, HP-UX, and AIX. climm has many of the features the official ICQ client... 1. ... Easy Message is an interoperable messenger that supports MSN Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, and ICQ. Although it does not have all of the features of other messengers it is known for its extremely small size and low use of system resources. ... Mac OS X (pronounced ) is a line of graphical operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc. ... This article is about the Mac software. ... For other uses, see Macintosh (disambiguation) and Mac. ... Kopete is a multi-protocol, free software instant messaging client. ... In computing, Licq is a free clone of the original ICQ client that runs on Linux and on other Unix systems. ... Meebo is an in-browser instant messaging program which supports multiple IM services, including Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, Google Talk, AIM, ICQ [1], and Jabber and is based on the free and open source library libpurple created by the software developers of Pidgin[2]. // Although still in its early... AJAX redirects here. ... Meetro is a multi-network instant messenger with location-based services (LBS). ... Miranda Instant Messenger is a minimalist, open source multiprotocol instant messaging application, designed for Microsoft Windows. ... ncurses is a programming library providing an API, allowing the programmer to write text user interfaces in a terminal-independent manner. ... Gaim (to be renamed Pidgin in the next release) is a popular multi-platform instant messaging client that supports many commonly used instant messaging protocols. ... Mac OS X (pronounced ) is a line of graphical operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc. ... Simple Instant Messenger (SIM) is a free software multiprotocol instant messaging client available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. SIM-ICQ was discontinued for a time because its founder Vladimir Shutoff, a Russian programmer, left the project. ... stICQ is an ICQ client for mobile phones with symbian OS. ... Symbian OS is a proprietary operating system, designed for mobile devices, with associated libraries, user interface frameworks and reference implementations of common tools, produced by Symbian Ltd. ... Trillian is a multiprotocol instant messaging application for Windows created by Cerulean Studios that can connect to multiple IM services, such as AIM, ICQ, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, Bonjour, Jabber, and Skype networks (the latter four with Trillian Pro which allows for additional plugins). ... The Quiet Internet Pager (QIP) is an alternative instant messaging client based on the OSCAR protocol. ... SmartICQ is a free ICQ client for the IRC client mIRC using Microsoft Windows. ... mIRC is a shareware Internet Relay Chat client for Windows, created in 1995 and developed by Khaled Mardam-Bey. ... AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) is a free, advertisement-supported proprietary instant messaging and presence computer program which uses the OSCAR instant messaging protocol and the TOC protocol. ... AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) is a free, advertisement-supported proprietary instant messaging and presence computer program which uses the OSCAR instant messaging protocol and the TOC protocol. ... An emoticon, also called a smiley, is a sequence of printable characters such as :) or :-) that is intended to represent a human facial expression and convey an emotion. ... Software development stages In computer programming, development stage terminology expresses how the development of a piece of software has progressed and how much further development it may require. ...


Criticism

  • Acceptable Use Policy:

The acceptable use policy has been criticized for containing this passage: Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File links Wikitext. ...


You agree that by posting any material or information anywhere on the ICQ Services and Information you surrender your copyright and any other proprietary right in the posted material or information. You further agree that ICQ Inc. is entitled to use at its own discretion any of the posted material or information in any manner it deems fit, including, but not limited to, publishing the material or distributing it.


It is unclear if the passage is meant to include messages sent among the users or just information that is meant to be publicly available, like the user profiles.

  • Protocol and structure:
    • The protocol is proprietary and along with the license it does not allow the user to communicate with users on other services.
    • ICQ has been criticized mainly for its lack of adequate security. Users report receiving spam messages either from other users, or, more commonly, from ICQ bots.
    • The service is centralised, making the users dependent on the services of the only provider.
  • Missing Encryption:

ICQ offers only a scrambling of the transferred data. It is thus observable for each intermediary. Some alternative clients (see above) offer mechanisms of encryption like Off-the-Record Messaging. In the case of non-standard encryption methods, both communication parties may have to employ the same client software. Proprietary indicates that a party, or proprietor, exercises private ownership, control or use over an item of property, usually to the exclusion of other parties. ... This article is about electronic spam. ... Centralization is the process by which the activities of an organization, particularly those regarding decision-making, become concentrated within a particular location and/or group. ... In telecommunications, a scrambler (often referred to as a randomizer) is a device that randomizes a data stream before transmitting. ... Encrypt redirects here. ... Example of an OTR instance, the window on the left shows messages as received by iChat and on the right is Adium Off-the-Record Messaging, commonly referred to as OTR, is a cryptographic protocol that provides strong encryption for instant messaging conversations. ...

  • Client software:
    • ICQ Pro 2003b was reported to have a vulnerability (see: coresecurity). AOL is advising users of its ICQ instant messaging service to update to the latest version of the ICQ software following the discovery of a bug in an older version of the product. Although the bug doesn't affect more recent ICQ software like ICQ 5.1, it could mean serious problems for ICQ Pro 2003b users. According to Max Caceres, director of product management at Core, a vendor of penetration testing software, crackers would attack a PC by sending a maliciously encoded instant message to any ICQ Pro 2003b user connected to the service. Victims "don't have to do anything at all," Caceres says. "Just by being there, someone can send them a message, and they can be compromised."
    • ICQ Lite versions ICQ 4, ICQ 5 and ICQ 5.1 are being criticized for being not really Lite, but cluttered and heavy.
    • ICQ 5 and ICQ 5.1 are criticized for being full of too much eye-candy and some of the veteran ICQ users find the games, included in the Xtraz center as silly and suitable for only children 0-8, although ICQ software is intended for use of people above 13 years of age, according to ICQ's policies.
    • ICQ 6 which was released on April 17, 2007, has been criticized as not yet working very well and being "no more than a beta version". Some people have problems getting the smilies, and the multichat option seems to be missing as yet.
  • No customer support:

ICQ has also been criticized for lack of customer support. It is not possible to contact ICQ staff with questions or technical problems. The "Contact Us" link at the bottom of the ICQ website can be used for only business, sales, and marketing inquiries. The customer support is critical when one's ICQ account is stolen (or blocked by ICQ for no apparent reason). For other uses of the word Vulnerability, please refer to vulnerability (computer science). ... For other uses, see AOL (disambiguation). ... In telecommunication, the term penetration has the following meanings: The passage through a partition or wall of an equipment or enclosure by a wire, cable, or other conductive object. ... For other uses, see Black hat (disambiguation). ... A stylised illustration of a personal computer A personal computer (PC) is a computer whose original sales price, size, and capabilities make it useful for individuals, intended to be operated directly by an end user, with no intervening computer operator. ... An instant messenger is a computer application which allows instant text communication between two or more people through a network such as the Internet. ... Look up eye candy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Game (disambiguation). ... A male Caucasian toddler child A child (plural: children) is a young human. ...

  • Adware:

ICQ is replete with constant and distracting advertising, and may therefore be classified as adware. This article is about advertising-supported software. ...

  • Awkward user interface:

Many users find the interface to be confusing and lacking logical organization.

  • Hijacking by ICQ:

ICQ can (and likely will) change your home page and your default search engine. It also adds toolbars to your homepage. These actions are executed without the user's consent. ICQ tends to connect to the Internet of its own accord, as soon as a computer is turned on.[dubious ]

  • Other Risks:
  • ICQ accounts are often stolen. ICQ usually provides no help for victims, except through their automated password retrieval system. But in fact, the system is intended primarily for people who forgot their passwords, and may be of no value to those whose accounts are stolen.
  • Low-quality communications:

Many users complain that the transmission of the human voice sounds "tinny", and the webcam images are often subject to tiled rendering. Stop editing pages god ... Walls of the excavated city of Troy This article is about the city of Troy / Ilion as described in the works of Homer, and the location of an ancient city associated with it. ... This article is about advertising-supported software. ... A screenshot of a malicious website attempting to install spyware via an ActiveX Control in Internet Explorer 6 Malware is software designed to infiltrate or damage a computer system without the owners informed consent. ... This article is about electronic spam. ... A large number of toolbars, some added by spyware, overwhelm an Internet Explorer session. ... A screenshot of a malicious website attempting to install spyware via an ActiveX Control in Internet Explorer 6 Malware is software designed to infiltrate or damage a computer system without the owners informed consent. ... A typical webcam Webcams are small cameras, (usually, though not always, video cameras) whose images can be accessed using the World Wide Web, instant messaging, or a PC video conferencing application. ... Tiled Rendering the process of subdividing a scene by a regular grid in image space, to facilitate the use of limited hardware rendering resources later in the pipeline. ...


See also

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ICQ - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1034 words)
ICQ users are identified by numbers called UIN, distributed in sequential order (though it is rumored there are gaps in the sequence).
ICQ was developed in 1996 by Mirabilis, the creators of the first fully functional internet-wide Instant messenger comprising presence, buddy list and rapid messaging was founded by four young Israelis: Yair Goldfinger, Arik Vardi, Sefi Vigiser and Amnon Amir.
ICQ 5, released on Monday, February 7, 2005, was an upgrade on ICQ Lite - a divergence from the main ICQ program that has a big addition - Xtraz, which now offers games and features appealing to the younger users of the internet.
ICQ - definition of ICQ in Encyclopedia (394 words)
ICQ is the first instant messaging computer program created by start-up Israeli company Mirabilis and first released in November, 1996.
ICQ was founded by Yair Goldfinger, Arik Vardi, Sefi Vigiser and Amnon Amir and managed by Ariel Yarnitsky.
ICQ 5 is to be released soon, however the exact date or month is unknown at present.
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