MSN ends chat in some countries

Citing economic and child safety concerns, MSN has decided to end chat service in 28 countries and requiring users in other countries to subscribe. Subscription service will be available in the UK, Canada and Japan beginning October 14. Users will be required to give personal information, including a credit card number. Here’s the story from the MSN horse’s mouth. Critical, cranky, thoughtful discussion here at Slashdot.