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I like this. Finally, someone who isn’t afraid to dispel some hype and who actually discusses the cons as well as the pros. (More cons than pros, actually!) These cons include privacy issues. Hands up anyone who is surprised to hear that, although chat logs can’t be readily accessed by chatters, they are saved in URI format so could easily be sent to Google? Hmmm, thought not. Also, it is a really “Spartan” chat client, offering nothing new and a whole lot less than most.

And as I’ve pointed out, there’s even less for Mac and Linux users.

I’m glad I’m not the only one who can’t see any reason at all to use Google Talk over existing chat systems, but I am nonetheless sure Google will be working on giving me — and others — a reason.

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