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Opera Acquires Email Service Provider FastMail

Opera announced today it has acquired web-based email provider FastMail.fm. Opera’s offered its own email client since 2000, and now it will use FastMail to expand its own messaging product across various devices from mobile to TVs and gaming consoles.

Watch Videos in Your Gmail Chat
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Google has added a new feature to Gmail, which allows users to watch videos within their chat windows. This eliminates the need to leave your Gmail window when someone sends you one.

Text Messaging Right From Gmail
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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

Meebo and Universal to Put Fans in Touch with Musicians
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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.

Cisco Buying Messaging Provider Jabber
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CiscoCisco aims to bolster its strategy of building internal software innovations. The company announced that it is acquiring presence and messaging software provider Jabber.This is just Cisco’s latest venture into new markets following purchases of WebEx, IronPort, Securent and PostPath.

Police Misconduct Lawsuits Prompts TxtMob Subpoena

The TxtMob technology allows people to contact groups of like-minded folks in a bulletin board way with mobile devices. New York City wants to know who used it in August 2004.

Mozilla Messaging Launches Today

The email and messaging division of the Mozilla Foundation opens with the lofty aim of fixing email, starting with development of Thunderbird 3.

Young Europeans Love Their Text Messaging

E-marketer delivered a Forester study today that showed that 92% of young mobile users in certain European countries report sending SMS text messages on their phone.

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.

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.

MySpace Instant Messaging Available On eBuddy

eBuddy, an independent provider of Web and mobile instant messaging said it is adding MySpace IM to its list of supported IM networks.

Instant Messaging Market To Double

The global market for enterprise instant messaging will reach $688 million in 2010, up from $267 million in 2005 according to Gartner.

The firm estimates that IM will overtake voice, video and text chat for workers by 2011 and that 95 percent of workers in top global companies would make it their primary application for real-time communications by 2013.

E-mail will still have a role in communications because of its archiving capabilities. IM will be used along with e-mail instead of replacing it.

MySpace Launches Beta Instant Messaging
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MySpace has officially announced the beta launch of their instant messaging service, MySpaceIM.

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?

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.

Text Messaging = Price Gouging? OMG! WTF?
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In comparison to the other ways in which consumers spend money, sending a text message seems relatively cheap. The truth, however, is that mobile users pay 7314% more to send a text message than they actually should.

Integrating w/ (Future) Competition

Alex Fletcher has a nice list of hypothetical new year’s resolutions for the open source community.

Updated Jabber Product Improves Messaging

Jabber, Inc. has launched an updated version of its Jabber Extensible Communications Platform (Jabber XCP) in the form of a 5.1 release. Features have been added and compatibility has been improved from the last generation of the software.

Enterprise RSS Feeds: A Viable Messaging Medium

The rapid growth of content syndication and social media requires a new marketing and PR approach.

Odeo Releases Twttr Group Text Messaging

Michael Arrington has news of a new service from Odeo called Twttr which allows users to send group text messages to cell phones.

Another Mobile IM Solution – WebMessenger

Something for those of you working in the field…