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BBM brings Wi-Fi calling to BlackBerry phones

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BlackBerry phone owners don't have much to brag about these days, but at least now they can talk to each other with free BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) voice calls over Wi-Fi. The new BBM Voice feature for Research in Motion's chat service goes live in BlackBerry App World today, although...
BBM brings Wi-Fi calling to BlackBerry phones

Boot up: Facebook Home, Apple loses patent plea, Windows Phone failure, and more

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Plus Google explains why it's forking WebKit (plus: translation), the soaring price of Apple's new build, and moreA burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamFacebook Home >> FacebookYou may be seeing a lot more of this.Apple's slide-to-unlock patent invalidated in Germany (decision...
Boot up: Facebook Home, Apple loses patent plea, Windows Phone failure, and more

Tencent revamps cloud service Weiyun, the third prong of its mobile platform

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Chinese Internet giant Tencent recently released version 1.2 of its Weiyun personal cloud storage with a number of tie-ins with the company’s Weibo micro-blogging service and its Weixin group chat service. As each of the products continues to take shape, evidence of the company’s strategy to offer users a full-featured...
Tencent revamps cloud service Weiyun, the third prong of its mobile platform
Skype Reaches A 45M Concurrent User Peak, And What Looks Like A New Stage Of Momentum

Can Airtime pull video chat into the mainstream?

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Airtime, a new video-chat service, launched with a star-studded event Wednesday that was plagued by quite a few doubts. Not only, as CNET reported, did Airtime have its share of technical glitches at launch, but observers also are not completely sold that video chat can be a part of everyday...
Can Airtime pull video chat into the mainstream?

Yahoo Messenger Getting Less Chatty with Loss of Windows Live Interoperability, Phone Calling

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Yahoo is dropping several features that have been part of its Messenger chat service, the company confirmed in a Friday evening blog post. The “phone in” and “phone out” capabilities, offered through a partnership with Jajah, will end as of Jan. 30. Yahoo stopped taking in new funds for accounts...
Yahoo Messenger Getting Less Chatty with Loss of Windows Live Interoperability, Phone Calling

Skype updates Android app with Microsoft login

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The video chat service lets users sign in with their Microsoft account, boasts improved audio quality and a new design for tablets. [Read more]...
Skype updates Android app with Microsoft login
Stars align behind Airtime video chat, but is it Skype or Color?

Babble: Google may be priming unified chat service for Google I/O

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Google is gearing up to unify its chat services under the moniker "Babble," according to "multiple sources" speaking to Geek.com. Babble would round up features like GTalk and Voice as well as chat collaboration features on smaller services into one location. As Google has grown and added services, its...
Babble: Google may be priming unified chat service for Google I/O

Yahoo Scoops Up Video Chat Service OnTheAir for Its Mobile Talent

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Yahoo on Tuesday said it had scooped up mobile video chat service OnTheAir as part of its effort to boost its in-house mobile chops. “Hiring the most talented mobile product thinkers and engineers is a big priority for us moving forward,” Yahoo Senior VP Adam Cahan said in a statement....
Yahoo Scoops Up Video Chat Service OnTheAir for Its Mobile Talent

Social: Airtime Is Stuck on the Runway, Despite Celebrity Friends and a Viral Ad

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Airtime founders Sean Parker, left, and Shawn Fanning, right. Photo: Airtime Sometimes it’s not who you know, it’s what you know. Just ask Airtime, the impossibly well-connected video-chat service that can’t figure out how to grow traffic sustainably. Despite star-studded, well-financed promotional efforts, Airtime’s user base dropped by nearly half...
Social: Airtime Is Stuck on the Runway, Despite Celebrity Friends and a Viral Ad

Mobile chat service Line targets emerging markets with plan to launch Nokia Asha app

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Mobile chat app Line passed 100 million downloads in January and began its strategy to gain traction in the US, but it has not forgotten the potential of emerging markets after committing to launch an app for Nokia’s Asha range in March. The Japanese company announced today that it will support...
Mobile chat service Line targets emerging markets with plan to launch Nokia Asha app

Report: FaceTime may be coming to 3G networks

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Apple may be preparing to enable its FaceTime video-chat service to be used over 3G networks. The company has yet to confirm such plans, however Romanian Apple website iDevice has reportedly observed new warnings in iOS 5.1.1 that appear to be geared for FaceTime calls placed over 3G networks rather...
Report: FaceTime may be coming to 3G networks

China's Xiaomi partners with Mface to bring chat service to Southeast Asia

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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has reached an agreement with Mface, an up-and-coming social network in Southeast Asia, to help take its MiTalk messaging service overseas, Tencent Tech reports. MiTalk, which is available on iOS, Android, Symbian, Windows Phone and PC, is believed to have over 23 million registered users, up...
China's Xiaomi partners with Mface to bring chat service to Southeast Asia
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Firebase Raises $1.1M For Real-Time App Infrastructure

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Last month, I wrote about Y Combinator-backed Firebase and its ambitious vision to reinvent the infrastructure of real-time apps. Now the company is announcing that some big investors have signed on to that vision, with a $1.1 million round led by Flybridge Capital Partners. Other investors in the round include...
Firebase Raises $1.1M For Real-Time App Infrastructure

Napster Founders' Start-Up Airtime Stumbles

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The video-chat service that launched with fanfare this year by the co-founders of Napster is mired in uncertainty after its product failed to attract enough followers....
Napster Founders' Start-Up Airtime Stumbles

Josh Harris Is Back With His Latest Plan For A Real-World 'Truman Show'

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Internet pioneer Joshua Harris is back again, trying a new cut at his idea for a 24/7 Internet broadcast of people's lives. It's called Net Band Command. The fanciful name is an allusion to channels of communication: That's "band" as in "radio frequency band," not "band" as in "musical band."...
Josh Harris Is Back With His Latest Plan For A Real-World 'Truman Show'

Execs Abandon Airtime as Sean Parker Resorts to Meaningless Buzzwords

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(Photo: flickr.com/christmas-on-mars) Tech’s golden party boy, who was once portrayed by a mugging Justin Timberlake in a dialogue-heavy Aaron Sorkin flick, has hit a wall with his new startup, Airtime. Sean Parker, (in)famous for cofounding Napster, serving as the first president of Facebook and as a Spotify board member, opened...
Execs Abandon Airtime as Sean Parker Resorts to Meaningless Buzzwords

Can Airtime Revitalize Facebook?

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It's hard to look at Airtime, the video-chat service founded by Napster bad boys Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning, and not think of Chatroulette – a forerunner that was beloved by nude exhibitionists and therefore abandoned by nearly everybody else. Much of the discussion around the unveiling of Airtime today refers to Chatroulette. But Airtime reminds...
Can Airtime Revitalize Facebook?
Expect Labs Taps Nuance's Voice Recognition Tech In A Bid For Better Conversation Analysis

If you’re trying out Airtime today, you might run into Mark Zuckerberg

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If you’re playing around with the new video chat service Airtime today, you might run into somebody like…Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. As this fella found out, he had a few things in common with Zuck, and was tossed into a chat with him: What did he say to him? “Thanks...
If you’re trying out Airtime today, you might run into Mark Zuckerberg

Samsung ChatON messaging app outed on Windows Phone

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Samsung has released an app for its ChatON messaging service usable by Windows Phone devices. The app, Samsung's cross-platform messaging service, brings the service to the mobile operating system, following launches for the web, Blackberry, iOS, Bada and Android handsets. The chat service with social network elements lets users send...
Samsung ChatON messaging app outed on Windows Phone

Mobile chat service Kakao Talk launches Facebook Home-style app in Korea, no global plans yet

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Kakao, the maker of popular mobile messaging service Kakao Talk, has taken a leaf out of Facebook’s book by launching KakaoHome, a Facebook Home-style launcher for Android devices, for users in Korea. Kakao Talk users enjoy free text (chat) messaging and voice calls — alongside group chat, games, virtual content and more...
Mobile chat service Kakao Talk launches Facebook Home-style app in Korea, no global plans yet

Collaboration software maker Atlassian buys chat service HipChat to enhance its products

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Atlassian, a company that builds collaboration software, this morning announced that it has acquired HipChat, a hosted private chat service for companies and teams that can be compared to Campfire and tools like Yammer and Salesforce’s Chatter. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Both companies are based in San...
Collaboration software maker Atlassian buys chat service HipChat to enhance its products
Chorus.im taps HTML5 to let you text anyone with a web browser

AT&T now offering FaceTime over Cellular on all tiered data plans

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It's been a slow process, but AT&T is gradually making FaceTime over Cellular (Apple's video chat service) available to more people. The feature was introduced with iOS 6, but it was up to carriers on how they wanted to implement the service -- if at all. AT&T chose to...
AT&T now offering FaceTime over Cellular on all tiered data plans

Firebase Aims To Reinvent Real-Time App Infrastructure, And It Already Has 4,000 Sign-Ups

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Firebase is one of those startups with an almost crazily big vision — it wants to simplify the development of powerful, real-time apps, to the point where (as co-founder James Tamplin put it) it’s “jettisoning the whole notion of a server even existing.” The company, which was part of the...
Firebase Aims To Reinvent Real-Time App Infrastructure, And It Already Has 4,000 Sign-Ups

Google said to ponder $1B WhatsApp acquisition

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Popular messaging app WhatsApp is the subject of acquisition rumors yet again, this time with search giant Google said to be considering buying the app for as much as $1 billion. The move is said to be part of a wider push by Google to solidify its standing in the...
Google said to ponder $1B WhatsApp acquisition

Sean Parker hit by glitchy launch

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The launch of Sean Parker's new video chat service is hit by a series of technical problems....
Sean Parker hit by glitchy launch
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