All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Instant Messaging’

Microsoft Launches New Business Messaging App Send

Microsoft just launched a new iPhone app for people to send messages to their co-workers. It’s called send, and the company says it’s designed for “in-and-out email.” The app is for people with Office 365 business and school email accounts for now, but Microsoft says it will expand support in the coming months. “While tools like text messaging and IM …

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Twitter Brings Back ‘Anyone Can DM Me’ Feature

Twitter just announced the launch of a new feature that lets users accept direct messages from anyone, even if they’re not following the sender. Historically, two users have had to follow one another in order to exchange DMs. That will no longer be the case when a user allows others to send them. That’s right. You have to enable the …

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Gmail Gets Update For Hangouts Chat

Google announced some improvements to Hangouts chat in Gmail. This includes Google Apps for Business and Education users. Users will now see an updated user interface in their conversation list. This includes status markers as green bubbles. Also, the displayed contacts are in order of most recent chats. The new version also includes recent conversation snippets and a new contact …

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Yahoo Kills Messenger In Yahoo Mail Classic

Yahoo announced today in a help forum that it is shutting down Yahoo Messenger in Yahoo Mail Classic. The company writes: At Yahoo!, we’re focused on making your daily habits more inspiring and entertaining. That means we’re constantly reviewing our products and experiences and in some cases, have to make tough decisions to no longer support a product. After much …

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Skype Promises That They’re Not Spying On You

Skype has been in the news more often the past few weeks thanks to some rumors that Microsoft is now using the service to spy on users. It all started with some rumor mongering that their upgrade to Linux servers was at the behest of Microsoft to make spying easier. A Washington Post article later claimed that inside sources confirmed …

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Meebo Shutting Down Its Products on July 11

One week ago it was officially announced that Google had acquired social platform and messaging service Meebo. It was unclear exactly how Meebo’s products, which include the Meebo Messenger and Meebo Bar, would be integrated with Google services, or whether they would be at all. Now it’s clear that Meebo is going away for good. Most of it, anyway. Meebo …

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Facebook IM App Passing Around Nasty Little Worm

The security scouts at Trend Micro had identified an instant messaging worm that is being passed around via social networking sites, namely Facebook. The worm is said to present as a private message that includes a link to a site that is said to contain some images but the website actually contains a zip file that unleashes some rotten malware …

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Yahoo Messenger 11.5 Update Adds New Features

On Tuesday, March 13th, I learned about a new update to Yahoo Messenger. As an avid user of this messaging system, I was excited to test it out and to see what changes they have unveiled, because it has been quite a while since the directory giant had released an update for this software. The update may seem deceiving, because …

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More Friend Filtering from Facebook

Facebook recently rolled out a new home page interface that displays a select list of the user’s friends along the vertical length of the right side of the screen. It makes it easy to see when these friends are available to chat at anytime while you’re using Facebook. The problem, which many of us have probably noticed, but few have …

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Google Talk Guru Launched in Google Labs

Google has a new Google Labs experiment out called Talk Guru. Google describes it as: Application intended for chat (IM) users, including users using chat clients on low-end phones, allowing them to answer simple web queries from the context of their chat application. First invite to chat, and then send queries via your chat client. Categories supported include weather, …

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RIM’s Risky Bet With BBM For Non-BlackBerry Devices

Research in Motion (RIM) is planning to make its popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) available on Android and iOS platforms. What’s RIM thinking, and how will a cross-platform BBM impact your enterprise? BBM offers immediate gratification and exclusivity While RIM made a name for itself through its email support, today’s users are much more inclined towards the instant gratification that SMS …

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Yahoo Releases First Ever Android Apps

Yahoo has launched Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Messenger apps for Android. These are the first Android apps Yahoo has ever offered.

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Windows Live Messenger iPhone App Gets Over a Million Downloads in 5 Days

Microsoft launched its Windows Live Messenger app for the iphone last week. Today, the company has announced that in only five days, the app was downloaded by over a million people.

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MySpace Comes to Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger

MySpace has announced integration with Windows Live Messenger and Hotmail. The beta integration is rolling out to mutual users of the two services starting today.

"By integrating core features of both platforms, users will be able to discover what their friends are doing online through photos and the activity stream across social networks," says MySpace’s Manu Rekhi.

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Microsoft Previews New Windows Live Messenger Beta

Steve Ballmer just previewed the new Windows Live Messenger beta during his "Five Dimensions of Cloud Computing" speech to students at the Universidade de Sao Paulo in Brazil. Windows Live Messenger has over 320 million active consumers every month who send 10 billion messages to one another every day, a Microsoft representative tells WebProNews.

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Goober Thinks It Has the Better iPhone VoIP/IM Apps

Goober announced the availability of a new VoIP app and an IM app for the iPhone and iPod Touch this week. The company shared a few details with WebProNews about what makes its apps stand out from the competition.

"Goober, besides Skype, is the only company offering versatile and flexible flatrates," a Goober representative tells WebProNews. "The flatrate prices are about the same as Skype’s while the per minute rates are drastically lower."

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Seesmic announced today that it has acquired This is a service that has half a million active users posting daily from various devices by sending email, text messages, and chat.

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Yahoo Messenger Goes Video with New Version

Update: Yahoo Messenger 10 is now out of beta. Features include: high quality video calling, Yahoo Updates view of your contacts list, and availability in 16 languages.

Original Article: Yahoo Messenger Version 10 is now available in beta. New features include enhanced video calling, courtesy of GIPS, friend updates from Yahoo, Flickr, Twitter, and others through the new updates view, and improved language support.

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Yahoo Will No Longer Support Old Versions of Messenger

A while back, Yahoo announced it would be retiring old versions of Yahoo Messenger – versions 6.0 through 7.5. They have now set a date for it at the end of the month – September, 30.

Yahoo Messenger users who are using anything older than 8.0 will no longer be able to sign in and use the service. Obviously, that means it’s time to upgrade, if you still intend to use Yahoo for your instant messaging.

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Google Releases Instant Messaging API

Google has announced the release of a new API for building Talk bots on top of Google App Engine, Google’s product that lets developers create and host web apps on the Google infrastructure.

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Yahoo to Launch Arabic Versions of its Properties

Yahoo has announced its intent to acquire, an Arab portal that reaches one in every three people online in its region. That accounts for about 16.5 million people. Yahoo says this is its largest geographic expansion in years.

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Microsoft Celebrates Ten Years of Windows Live Messenger

Tomorrow marks the tenth anniversary of Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger. Microsoft says it has become the most widely used free instant messaging service in the world, with 330 million users.

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A spokesperson for Microsoft shared some interesting findings with WebProNews from a survey about Windows Live Messenger: 

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IBM, MIT Attach Dollar Signs To Online Connections

Two very reputable organizations – IBM Research and MIT’s Sloan School of Management – recently collaborated on a report that’s in part titled "Value of Social Network."  And managers and employees everywhere should know that, according to said organizations, social networks can be quite valuable indeed.

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Yahoo Messenger iPhone App Introduced

Yahoo announced today that the Yahoo Messenger app for the iPhone has arrived. It is free of charge and can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store.

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Facebook Apps Get More Social with Chat

Facebook has launched the ability to let users chat within applications on Facebook. This keeps applications within the social network even more social.

If a developer uses the new fb:chat-invite FBML tag, they can display a list of users’ online friends and let them invite their friends to chat. Developers can also give users the freedom to choose which friends they want to appear in their chat lists within the apps.

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Chatting from Your Google Homepage

Gmail chat has come to iGoogle. This means users will be able to chat with their friends and associates without leaving the comfort of their Google homepage.

The feature is not a gadget like most of your iGoogle features. The chat feature comes in the form of a sidebar and resides below the left-hand navigation menu.

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Meebo Gets Facebook Back

UPDATE: Meebo has now announced that Facebook is back on. Seth at the Meebo Blog writes:

After some hard work from the folks here at Meebo and help from a whole host of people at Facebook, we now have Facebook back in Meebo.

Plus, Meebo is now the first launch partner of the “alpha” version of the Facebook Connect + Chat integration. That’s pretty cool.

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Yahoo Mail Classic Gets Chatty

Yahoo announced that it now offers an SMS chat feature in its classic version of Yahoo Mail, something Gmail has been offering for several months, and Yahoo has been doing in its newer version since 2007.

Google has offered SMS in its chat since October, and Chat in general for quite some time. They have also launched voice and video chat recently.

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Yahoo Messenger Gets An Update

Yahoo has released an update of its Messenger version 9.0. The new version, as highlighted on the Yahoo Messenger Blog, includes:

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Meebo Brings MySpace and Facebook Together

Instant messaging and group chat provider Meebo is now allowing users to communicate with each other through both MySpace and Facebook IDs as well as all the other ones previously supported, like AIM, Yahoo, Google, MSN, Jabber, ICQ, etc.

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Text Messaging Right From Gmail

Gmail has introduced a new Labs feature that allows users to send SMS text messaages to their contacts directly from Gmail. This will help stay in touch with people you have been chatting with in Gmail if they are away from their computer.

To utilize this feature:

1. Click on Settings
2. Got to the Labs tab
3. Scroll down until you see "Text Messaging (SMS) in Chat"
4. Select Enable
5. Save Changes

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Meebo and Universal to Put Fans in Touch with Musicians

Universal Music Group and instant messaging and group chat provider Meebo have partnered up to offer an interactive experience between users and musicians. If you are not familiar with Meebo, it allows users to sign in through other services like AIM, Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, and MSN Web Messenger.

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Hope You Weren’t Too Attached to Twitter Instant Messaging

TwitterIt seems like Twitter is always acknowledging its shortcomings and apologizing for them. Some might take this as a weakness, but I tend to look at it admirably. Not many companies would be so straightforward when it comes to taking responsibility for their missteps.

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iSkoot Brings Social Networking IMs to Mobile with Ex-Facebook App

iSkoot, a company that is known for its solutions for the use of VoIP on mobile devices, is looking to branch out its services, and is doing so with its purchase of social network IM client Social.IM. Social.IM gained some popularity as a way for Facebook users to chat, but Facebook eventually released their own application for this purpose.

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Facebook Acquiring IM Service?

I take one weekend off the Internet, and everything goes crazy. Can’t you people get on without me?

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Open AIM to include ad sharing

Developers working with the Open AIM platform will have the option to pull in some revenue through a new program expected to debut next month.

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Baidu Readies Instant Messaging Service

People who are counting the ways in which Baidu has beaten Google may soon have to make one more tally mark; reports state that the Chinese giant is testing an instant messaging service.

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AIM Opens Real-Time IM Feature

Through work with Galludet University and the University of Wisconsin’s Trace Center, AOL crafted a new deafness-friendly feature for AIM.

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Teens Use IMs To Avoid Awkward Conversations

A new Associated Press-AOL Instant Messaging Trends Survey released today finds that forty-three percent of teen IM users have used instant messaging to say something they would not say to someone in person.

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Microsoft Confirms New Messenger for Mac

Microsoft has confirmed that a new version of its Messenger instant messaging software will ship with and when Mac Office 2008 hits stores.

While we don’t know anything about features, or even if it’ll be named Windows Live Messenger or MSN Messenger (presumably the new name, though), at least Mac fans are getting a new version.

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Is IM coming to Facebook?

Sam Sethi at Blognation UK has a scoop: apparently, he got a preview of a new instant messaging app for Facebook — and according to his description, it doesn’t require you to download or install anything, or to register, as many Facebook apps do.

You just sign in and use it. At the risk of sounding like a Facebook fan-boy, I think this could be huge.

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Google Addresses IM Etiquette

We’ve come to think of Googlers as cool people, as smart people, and above all, as tech-savvy people.  I’m not here to challenge that perception, but a new post on the Official Google Australia Blog implies that Google’s employees deal with some of the same crap as the rest of us.  The topic of the post?  IM etiquette.

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Meebo, Google Talk Gaining On AIM, MSN

Though they have a long way to go (a really long way), instant messaging services that offer chat or multimedia chat functionalities are growing the fastest among IM providers, according to new numbers from Nielsen//NetRatings.

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MySpace Launches Beta Instant Messaging

MySpace has officially announced the beta launch of their instant messaging service, MySpaceIM.

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MySpace China To Launch IM Service

MySpace may soon launch a new instant messaging service, but to use it, you’ll probably have to watch what you say.  And you may have to speak Chinese, as well – it’s MySpace China that plans to do this deed.

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Instant Messaging For Myspace

According to a Reuters article, “News Corp.-invested MySpace China aims to launch an online messaging service ‘as soon as possible,’ its CEO said on Wednesday, as the venture fights for a bigger share of the world’s second-largest Internet market.”

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Digg Founder Looking at Instant Messaging?

Don’t you wish you had “sources familiar with the company”, so you could speculate on new products and acquisitions?

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Xbox Live Adds Instant Messaging

When the Xbox 360 spring update hits in early May, Xbox Live users will be able to send instant messages to others using the service, as well as any friends that utilize Windows Live Messenger on their PCs or mobile devices.

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Yahoo, Microsoft Begin IM Testing

A limited public beta test of interoperability between the instant messaging systems run by two major Internet players begins today; 350 million users of Yahoo Messenger with Voice and Windows Live Messenger will be able to communicate across the two systems.

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