Google backslides on federated instant messaging, on purpose?

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http://www.fsf.org – Google users can still send subscription requests to contacts whose accounts are hosted elsewhere. But they cannot accept incoming requests. This change is akin to Google no longer accepting incoming e-mail for @gmail.com addresses from non-Google domains. That would be unthinkable.by John Sullivan, Executive Director, and Ward Vandewege, CTO Update: Google has now done the right thing and corrected this problem. Earlier this year, we announced an instant messaging service for our members using Jabber (XMPP). This service is federated, so like email, you can talk to people whose accou (General)