*** This bug is a duplicate of bug 807723 ***
I logged virtually the same bug on
See comments there. In the meantime suggest you go to System Settings,
Start-up Applications and add command
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Empathy does not connect to chats automatically on startup even when
that option is checked, on latest 11.04