Latest Debt Collector Weapon: Unlimited Texting, Email and Instant Messaging

Individuals in debt should start preparing for a flood of unwanted texts, emails and social media messages from debt collectors.

Yahoo Relaunches Yahoo Messenger With Redesign, New Features

Yahoo just announced a new version of Yahoo Messenger, which features a complete redesign of the platform across iOS, Android, and the web as well as within Yahoo Mail. “The new Yahoo Messenger provides a super fast, beautiful and smart…

Facebook Has A New ‘Work Chat’ App For Businesses

Facebook has a new app for business chat called Work Chat, which is part of its Facebook at Work program. You have to have a Facebook at Work account to use the app, and right now, those are only available…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

Ping.fm Acquired by Seesmic

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