As if text messaging didn't
lead to enough repetitive stress injuries, the world's cellphone carriers now want you to start using your cellphone to
IM. The GSM Association, which represents carriers from around the globe, has announced an agreement among eight major
service providers, including T-Mobile, Vodafone and Orange, to develop a common standard for instant messaging. No word
on when the new standard, to be known as Personal IM, will be rolled out. There's also no news about whether it will
interoperate with any of the IM services already used by millions of people -- and compatible with many cellphone
services -- from companies such as Yahoo, AOL and Microsoft. Chances are it won't be, but we'll count on the open
source community to fix that as quickly as possible.