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Chesspark Congratulates Facebook for Integrating XMPP

SAN FRANCISCO, May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Chesspark wishes to congratulate Facebook on supporting open instant messaging standards by announcing that their Facebook Chat product will use XMPP, the eXtensible Messaging and Presence Protocol, an open standard for instant messaging with nearly 10 years of solid development behind it.

SAN FRANCISCO, May 27 /PRNewswire/ — Chesspark wishes to congratulate Facebook on supporting open instant messaging standards by announcing that their Facebook Chat product will use XMPP, the eXtensible Messaging and Presence Protocol, an open standard for instant messaging with nearly 10 years of solid development behind it.

"We've built the best stack for allowing companies to connect their applications to XMPP, allowing anyone wishing their web or desktop application to communicate over XMPP to do so seamlessly," states CEO Jack Moffitt, who is also on the board of directors of both the XMPP Standards Foundation, the organization that manages the XMPP specifications, and the Xiph.org Foundation (http://Xiph.org), known for its Open Source and royalty free multimedia standards such as Ogg Vorbis.

Peter Saint-Andre, Executive Director of the XMPP Standards Foundation, notes: "Facebook's adoption of XMPP only adds to the critical mass of services that are using this open standard for messaging, presence, and other forms of real-time communication. It's becoming increasingly clear that XMPP adds a scalable, secure means for adding highly interactive interfaces to traditional web properties and social networking applications."

Chesspark's Jack Moffitt adds: "We look forward to more companies building XMPP support into their offerings. As the number of XMPP-enabled users, applications, and developers continues to grow, the opportunities for deep integration between HTTP and XMPP technologies will become increasingly apparent. As a result, OGG's toolset will provide even greater value to more organizations going forward. We are thrilled about the possibilities."

About the XMPP Standards Foundation

The XMPP Standards Foundation (XSF) builds open protocols for presence, instant messaging, and real-time communication and collaboration on top of the IETF's Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP), and also provides information and infrastructure to the worldwide community of Jabber/XMPP developers, service providers, and end users. Widely considered the lingua franca of instant messaging, XMPP is an Internet standard for presence, real-time messaging, and streaming Extensible Markup Language (XML) data that grew out of the popular Jabber open-source technologies first released in 1999. With approval of XMPP by the IETF in 2004, the XSF continues to develop XMPP extensions that meet the needs of its many stakeholders: open-source and commercial developers (including Apple, HP, Nokia, and Sun), organizations large and small (including the U.S. defense establishment and most Wall Street investment banks), Internet and mobile service providers (including Google, NTT, Portugal Telecom, Twitter, and Facebook), and an estimated 50+ million end users worldwide.

About OGG, LLC / Chesspark

OGG, LLC is a technology development organization, whose CEO Jack Moffitt is also on the board of directors of the XMPP Standards Foundation. Its first community Chesspark is an online community for chess players of all levels built on top of the XMPP instant messaging platform with both a rich web-based AJAX client and a more traditional Windows client. Members compete in tournaments, create profiles, join social groups, chat in public or private chat rooms, and have access to standard chess plus variants like Atomic, Crazyhouse and Chess960. Chesspark also hosts exhibitions by high-rated players and private lessons from masters enable students and novices to improve their skills. Chesspark is backed by angel investors Snake River Ventures LLC, Burnt Norton Inc. and Eaglebrook School.

Contact: Brian Zisk (415) 564-0904 / zisk@chesspark.com

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