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Google pushes out free SMS service for Gmail in India

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Google has added India to its list of over 50 countries that can send free text messages from Gmail, as noted by IBN Live. The new service lets Indian Gmail users send an SMS from a Gmail window to a mobile phone and receive replies as chat messages. The feature...
Google pushes out free SMS service for Gmail in India

FreedomPop's iPhone sleeve shipments held up awaiting FCC approval

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If you’re a FreedomPop customer wondering where in the hell that iPhone WiMAX sleeve you ordered is, CEO Stephen Stokols has an answer for you: talk the Federal Communications Commission. Stokols told FierceWireless that the feds are holding its first 5,000 sleeves at customs while the FCC goes over an...
FreedomPop's iPhone sleeve shipments held up awaiting FCC approval

It looks like Korean mobile operators are throttling free call service Kakao Talk

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Telecom operators in Korea appear to be throttling a recently introduced mobile VoIP (mVoIP) service from popular messaging application Kakao Talk, less than three weeks after it was launched with some controversy. Initial comments from SK Telecom, KT Telecom and LG Telecom were initially ‘hostile’ to the free calling service, which...
It looks like Korean mobile operators are throttling free call service Kakao Talk
Hangouts, the best part of Google+, gets standalone iOS, Android, & Chrome apps
Google announces Hangouts messaging service coming to iOS, Android, and desktop today

Tough for Telefónica as Euro mobile goes down the pan

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There’s no doubt that many European businesses are struggling right now, but it seems the pain is worse for some than it is for others. For example: Spanish operator Telefónica, the world’s third largest mobile firm, seems to be taking a hiding. The company has just reported its latest results,...
Tough for Telefónica as Euro mobile goes down the pan

WhatsApp reportedly moving into gaming after inking deal with Korean games-maker

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WhatsApp, one of the planet’s most popular mobile messaging apps, is said to be preparing to launch a games platform in a move that would diversify its monetization model and increase its revenues. That’s according to a report out of Korea where the US startup is said to have agreed...
WhatsApp reportedly moving into gaming after inking deal with Korean games-maker

WebRTC gets real as Google adds more video chat functionality to Chrome

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Google added a key component of the WebRTC framework to the latest beta edition of its Chrome web browser Tuesday, enabling third-party developers to build video chat applications that don’t require any kind of downloadable plug-in. The technology could one day be used to natively provide Google Hangouts video chats...
WebRTC gets real as Google adds more video chat functionality to Chrome

David Ko sees mobile as critical for Zynga's comeback in 2013 (interview)

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Mobile gaming is perhaps the most strategic market in gaming now, and David Ko, chief operations officer of Zynga and No. 2 in command next to chief executive Mark Pincus, knows it. Ko recently made the tough calls of shutting down Zynga’s social games on Facebook such as CityVille...
David Ko sees mobile as critical for Zynga's comeback in 2013 (interview)

Quora Will Now Publicly Show Who Has Read a Post

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Quora today is introducing a feature that shows which of its users have read each Quora post, and how they found it. It’s another move by a social Web service to share passive activities, making the simple act of looking at a page on Quora something that other people can...
Quora Will Now Publicly Show Who Has Read a Post

Google Close to Acquiring WhatsApp for $1 Billion?

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Digital Trends reports that Google is on the verge of acquiring WhatsApp, the company behind the popular cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp Messenger.While the deal started four or five weeks ago, we've been told that WhatsApp is "playing hardball" and jockeying for a higher acquisition price, which currently is "close to"...
Google Close to Acquiring WhatsApp for $1 Billion?

Kakao Talk is bringing its mobile messaging app to PCs

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Korean mobile messaging app Kakao Talk is going a bit retro with the recent launch of a beta test for a PC version, which will link with the company’s chat service but lack some of its extra features. The company says it received over 210,000 applicants for its beta test...
Kakao Talk is bringing its mobile messaging app to PCs
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TextPlus raises $18M as daily usage grows 350% since April

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Beyond the magic of the latest photo sharing app and angry hippos social game, smartphones are first and foremost communication devices. Users rely on them for messaging and voice calling, and the war to deliver alternatives to standard carrier services is intensifying. TextPlus, one of the largest and fastest growing...
TextPlus raises $18M as daily usage grows 350% since April

One Year After Buying NewBay, RIM Sells The Mobile Cloud Software Developer To Synchronoss Technologies For $55.5M In Cash

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RIM could have a little more cash on hand next quarter. The flailing BlackBerry-developer has sold its cloud services unit NewBay to Synchronoss Technologies, the provider of automation software, mobility management and cloud technology solutions The acquisition price was $55.5 million in cash, and the transaction closed in the fourth...
One Year After Buying NewBay, RIM Sells The Mobile Cloud Software Developer To Synchronoss Technologies For $55.5M In Cash
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Suffer: Rise of text spam creates ugly dilemma for mobile users

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The number of junk text messages in the U.S. reportedly rose to 4.5 billion last year. This can create a nasty choice for consumers — pay to be spammed or pay protection money to a carrier. For anyone out there lucky enough not to have received one, spam texts are...
Suffer: Rise of text spam creates ugly dilemma for mobile users

RIM deathwatch: BlackBerry subscriptions in "downward spiral"

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Research In Motion, long the dominant provider of smart phones to business—and until two years ago, the overall market leader—has been hammered by market missteps, delays in new versions of its BlackBerry phone line, and the ascent of Google's Android and Apple's iPhone. Now, according to a report from the...
RIM deathwatch: BlackBerry subscriptions in "downward spiral"
Voxio’s Chat Feature Is Aimed At Killing SMS, But In A Smart Way
Carriers' messaging nightmare gets worse as Apple's iMessage growth pulls even with WhatsApp

Xiaomi Launches Its Own Text Message Service

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Users on Xiaomi devices will now be able to send international text messages faster and more reliably, it said. The Chinese smartphone maker just announced its enterprise international SMS platform at the Mobile Asia Expo event in Shanghai. The new service relies on a two-way direct coupling transmission channel. While...
Xiaomi Launches Its Own Text Message Service
Verizon takes on SMS challengers with cross-platform Messages service
AT&T makes it cheap to connect tablets - as long as you don't also own a phone

Ringadoc raises $700k to move closer to the frontline of virtual health care

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Ringadoc, a San Francisco startup that helps doctors manage patient phone calls, has raised an additional $700,000 in seed funding. The round, which included Siemer Ventures, Telegraph Hill Group and Dr. Lyle Dennis, a neurologist and founder of HealthKeep, brings the startup’s total amount raised to $1.9 million. Previous investors...
Ringadoc raises $700k to move closer to the frontline of virtual health care

Twilio locks down a $70M Series D as it flirts with the public markets

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Twilio, the cloud-based telephony communication company, has raised a $70 million Series D round led by Redpoint Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ). The move is part of the company’s path towards what some may believe to be an IPO (although Twilio hasn’t commented). Known for providing companies and developers...
Twilio locks down a $70M Series D as it flirts with the public markets
SMS 2.0 could make its first appearance at MWC

Google Babble rumored to unify messaging services under one brand

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Google Babble rumored to unify messaging services under one brand

Twilio Rising: Microsoft Inks Deal To Offer Voice, Messaging APIs To ‘Tens Of Thousands’ Of Azure Developers

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A potentially big move forward for cloud-based telephony API startup Twilio — and an intriguing development for Microsoft, given its would-be ownership of Skype: Twilio and Microsoft have formed a strategic alliance to offer Twilio’s APIs to developers on the Windows Azure platform. The offering will cover both Twilio’s voice...
Twilio Rising: Microsoft Inks Deal To Offer Voice, Messaging APIs To ‘Tens Of Thousands’ Of Azure Developers
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