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ICQ seeks comeback with mobile app update, new iPad version

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ICQ, the resilient David Hasselhoff of instant messaging, is updating its app for Android and iOS, as well as its new Windows Phone version. The app already integrates with other platforms like Facebook, AIM and GTalk, but now it'll bring photo and location sharing too, as well as better...
ICQ seeks comeback with mobile app update, new iPad version

WhatsApp founder says he doesn't want to hurt carriers, much

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Given how much the world has already noticed that instant messaging can be cheaper than SMS, it's surprising to see the founder of WhatsApp trying to persuade carriers that he's actually doing them a favor. In an interview with Reuters, Brian Acton said that his messaging service is "facilitating...
WhatsApp founder says he doesn't want to hurt carriers, much
Salesforce Chatter To Add Instant Messaging and Screensharing

Think Skype is big? Go see how many people are using Tencent’s QQ right now

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The chances are that, if you live outside of China, you may heard of Tencent, but what about QQ, its instant messaging (IM) product? I chance that you’re far less familiar with the service. Well you shouldn’t be, it’s used by millions (nay, hundreds of millions) of Chinese Internet users and...
Think Skype is big? Go see how many people are using Tencent’s QQ right now

Nokia unveils two new cheap, social media-enhanced phones with 1.8″ display, dual SIM support

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Nokia this morning introduced two new low-cost phones, the Nokia 110 and Nokia 112, in an effort to appeal to young, urban consumers who can’t afford high-end smartphones. The phones, which are priced 35 euros and 38 euros respectively, come with a 1.8″ display, a VGA camera and dual SIM...
Nokia unveils two new cheap, social media-enhanced phones with 1.8″ display, dual SIM support

Facebook wants a more unified you, will start merging your Facebook email and Timeline addresses

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Facebook has announced that as part of its attempt to make addresses consistent across its site, the company will start merging the unique vanity URLs and Facebook email addresses of its users, slightly pushing its email and messaging system in the process. Starting today, the company says it will start...
Facebook wants a more unified you, will start merging your Facebook email and Timeline addresses
Google Talk IM service goes mute for most users

Skype for iOS updated to deliver improved dialpad and chat UI, iOS 5 stability

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Skype has updated its iOS application, delivering user interface improvements for the dialpad and instant messaging and making it more stable on Apple’s iOS 5 firmware. Skype’s visual refreshes in version 3.7 help distinguish between users in instant messages, adding colour to the main chat screen and a new bubble...
Skype for iOS updated to deliver improved dialpad and chat UI, iOS 5 stability

Microsoft to pay $1 billion for rights to entire AOL patent portfolio

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Microsoft has agreed to pay AOL $1.056 billion to acquire 800 patents and gain licenses to the rest of the patents AOL will continue to own after the pending sale. It leaked out a few weeks ago that the struggling AOL was looking to shore up its financial position...
Microsoft to pay $1 billion for rights to entire AOL patent portfolio

Microsoft readying customer relationship management apps for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone

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Microsoft has announced Dynamics CRM 2012, which for the first time offers the customer resource management system to mobile devices — a client for iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone devices is coming in Q2 this year. The apps joins corporate instant messaging tool Lync and OneNote in being...
Microsoft readying customer relationship management apps for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone

The ‘Sent from my iPhone’ message: China’s latest Apple counterfeiting trend

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China is known for being the home of many of Apple’s key supply-chain partners, but it also has a healthy reputation for its burgeoning black market, where Apple fakes and copies are sold to consumers who cannot afford the real thing. As we’ve all seen, there are even dedicated fake Apple...
The ‘Sent from my iPhone’ message: China’s latest Apple counterfeiting trend

A life online: 'For my generation it's just normal, you get up and check Facebook'

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Rosie Hickland, 17, is a studentRosie Hickland started playing games online aged about six. "To me it just seemed a lot more fun than playing with my dolls – it was more grown up and there was more to play with," she said. By the time she was nine she...
A life online: 'For my generation it's just normal, you get up and check Facebook'

Xfire Raises $3M To Expand Gamer Social Networking In Asia

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Xfire, which offers social networking tools for gamers, just announced that it has raised $3 million in new funding. The round was led by Singapore-based IDM Venture Capital. It’s apparently targeted specifically at expanding Xfire’s presence in Asia — the company recently announced that it’s partnering with China Youth Goyor...
Xfire Raises $3M To Expand Gamer Social Networking In Asia
Google Talk is silenced

Microsoft’s Windows 8 play: Kill Live, build one login to rule them all

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Sometimes the biggest news isn’t shouted, but is instead intimated, as it is a pivot from former strategies. So far as I can tell, Windows Live as a brand is over. Microsoft is moving from it to a single-login system that will be a huge boon to Windows 8, and...
Microsoft’s Windows 8 play: Kill Live, build one login to rule them all

Gigwalk Adds Company Work Groups, Messaging And Field Tools To Paid Task Mobile App

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Gigwalk, a mobile app that allows users to get assigned basic “gigs” or jobs from companies via their location, is unveiling a new suite of tools to allow companies to manage local work via the phone. Gigwalk, which launched last year, basically allows companies to tap into a mobile workforce...
Gigwalk Adds Company Work Groups, Messaging And Field Tools To Paid Task Mobile App

Personal Data Connector Singly Raises $7M

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Singly, which aims to smooth the process of respectfully including personal data in new applications, has raised $7 million in Series A funding led by Foundry Group. Transmitting personal data between applications doesn’t have to be for nefarious purposes. In fact, it’s often something that we users like and encourage...
Personal Data Connector Singly Raises $7M

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?

Apple's iMessage: All Your IMs Are Belong To Us (And Phone Network SMS Revenues, Too)

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When Apple first released its Messages overhaul for the way iPhones handle test messages, and enabled it on iPads too, it was a sign that the company could see ways to innovate the pretty-much stagnant instant messaging market. It also let users of its iCloud service send short messages to...
Apple's iMessage: All Your IMs Are Belong To Us (And Phone Network SMS Revenues, Too)

Does Facebook's buyout of Instagram signal the end of the tech bubble? | Dan Gillmor

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Mark Zuckerberg's $1bn purchase is a major one for Silicon Valley and the tech business in general – for all kinds of reasonsIn the late 1990s, as the first internet technology bubble was rapidly inflating, a small Israeli company called Mirabilis collected millions of users for its instant-messaging product, called...
Does Facebook's buyout of Instagram signal the end of the tech bubble? | Dan Gillmor

Facebook Messenger 1.8 for iPhone and Android adds online buddy list, quick switching between conversations

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Facebook Messenger for iOS and Android just hit version 1.8, bringing a few slick new features like fast conversation switching, swipe-to-delete for specific messages, and a built-in buddy list for who's "online" when you start a new conversation. The updates should roll out over the next hour or so,...
Facebook Messenger 1.8 for iPhone and Android adds online buddy list, quick switching between conversations
ICQ Messenger adds location and photo sharing
Salesforce goes real-time with IM and screensharing for the enterprise

Comcast switches on Skype on Xfinity in Boston and Seattle today, eight more metros this week

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Now you can Skype on Xfinity, and beyond. Comcast's rebranded residential cable arm is touting a new trick beginning today, with customers in Boston and Seattle among the first to have access to the new Skype on Xfinity videoconferencing service. Interested parties can add a $9.95 monthly fee to...
Comcast switches on Skype on Xfinity in Boston and Seattle today, eight more metros this week

Oracle confirms sales chief has "resigned"

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Oracle has said executive vice-president Keith Block has left the company, only a few months after he criticised the company’s president in a critical instant messaging exchange became public during ongoing litigation....
Oracle confirms sales chief has "resigned"

LibreOffice developers demo collaborative editing prototype

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A group of LibreOffice developers have added experimental real-time collaborative editing capabilities to the open source office suite. The feature allows multiple users to work on the same document simultaneously over the Internet. The collaborative editing functionality was implemented by grafting Telepathy to LibreOffice. Telepathy is an open source...
LibreOffice developers demo collaborative editing prototype

About the future of Thunderbird

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Jb Piacentino Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Jb Piacentino, the managing Director of Thunderbird, following the recent Thunderbird announcement. TN : Hi Jb, I read on the Web that Thunderbird is dead. Is it true or is the rumor of Thunderbird’s death greatly exaggerated? Jb: No, Thunderbird is...
About the future of Thunderbird

Huh? Skype Thinks That If You Hate Twitter & Facebook You'll Use Skype More

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We've seen some bizarre advertising campaigns in the past, but I'm really left scratching my head about Skype's new ad campaign, the sole focus of which seems to be about bashing two other popular services: Twitter and Facebook. Now, I use all three of these products -- but I use...
Huh? Skype Thinks That If You Hate Twitter & Facebook You'll Use Skype More

Google officially acquiring social startup Meebo

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Once just an instant messaging startup, Meebo has been officially picked up by Google....
Google officially acquiring social startup Meebo

AOL: No plans to kill off Instant Messenger

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AOL said late Wednesday that it isn't killing off its popular instant messaging service, contradicting earlier reports online that AIM was a goner....
AOL: No plans to kill off Instant Messenger
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