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  • WhatsApp reaches 400M monthly active users - without relying on 'distracting features'
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    WhatsApp reaches 400M monthly active users - without relying on 'distracting features'

    By 19 December 2013

    WhatsApp now has 400 million active users. Yes, active. Not just registered. And it got this far without going the way of rivals. WhatsApp is a mobile messaging service that sends free texts, photos, videos, and audio messages, and it just revealed via...

  • Android 4.0: Skype for Android goes mobile first
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    Android 4.0: Skype for Android goes mobile first

    By 1 July 2013

    Skype has launched a new version of Skype for Android today, with Derek Snyder, head of mobile marketing at Skype, telling Pocket-lint that the changes reflect "a new direction and new strategy for Skype". The broad changes arrive with the new Skype for...

  • IM closing, Skype now Microsoft's default messenger service
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    IM closing, Skype now Microsoft's default messenger service

    By 6 November 2012

    Microsoft-owned Skype has confirmed that Skype is now its sole messaging app and that it will be ditching the IM service in the coming months. "Skype and Messenger are coming together," says the company. "Millions of Messenger users will be able to reach...

  • Facebook Messenger for Windows drops beta tag
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    Facebook Messenger for Windows drops beta tag

    By 6 March 2012

    Three months after the beta testing period went live, Facebook Messenger for Windows has now entered officialdom, giving IT staff across the land another program that they need to blacklist from their employees' workstations. "Millions of people log into...

  • Microsoft Skype deal approved
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    Microsoft Skype deal approved

    By 18 June 2011

    Microsoft has been given the go-ahead to buy Skype following approval from the powers that be in the US. The Federal Trade Commission’s approval on Friday means that Microsoft can now buy Skype for the $8.5 billion it offered and get working on integrating...

  • Windows Live Messenger Wave 4 splashes down
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    Windows Live Messenger Wave 4 splashes down

    By 28 April 2010

    Microsoft's CEO, Steve Ballmer, today announced the next generation of Windows Live Messenger, known as Windows Live Messenger Wave 4 to us geeks. Various rumours and leaks have previously circulated the Internet in anticipation of the update. Microsoft...

  • Filmmaker documents Chatroulette experiences
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    Filmmaker documents Chatroulette experiences

    By 8 March 2010

    You might be familiar with Chatroulette, a website which has been making waves by allowing you to webcam chat with random strangers across the world. If you're not, and you're feeling brave, go and try it now at chatroulette.com. Inspired by his experiences...

  • Facebook Chat heads to desktop IM
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    Facebook Chat heads to desktop IM

    By 11 February 2010

    While we had some inkling this was coming, Facebook has now announced that Facebook Chat can be integrated into desktop instant messaging clients, another move towards taking the functionality of the social networking site away from the main site. "By...

  • AIM integrates Facebook Chat
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    AIM integrates Facebook Chat

    By 10 February 2010

    AOL appears to be testing the addition of Facebook Chat support to its instant messaging client. The company is offering preview builds that have the support in, but a full announcement hasn't happened yet. While we wait for that, AOL Mail has integrated...

  • ICQ releases new version of IM software
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    ICQ releases new version of IM software

    By 18 January 2010

    Gosh, remember ICQ? The stalwart of late 90s IM with its flowery icons and irritatingly-loud noises has just issued an update to its client - more than 13 years after it was first released - which adds a whole pile of new functionality. That functionality...

  • Nimbuzz launches native BlackBerry app
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    Nimbuzz launches native BlackBerry app

    By 4 December 2009

    Nimbuzz has announced the launch of a new app for BlackBerry smartphones, said to be the first to run as a native application on the device, enabling users to connect with each other via their social networks. The native functionality allows Nimbuzz to...

  • Windows Live Messenger hits Nokia Messaging
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    Windows Live Messenger hits Nokia Messaging

    By 20 November 2009

    Windows Live Messenger is now available via the Nokia Messaging Chat application straight from compatible phone's homescreens. This first instalment of Windows Live Messenger for Nokia Messaging includes tabbed chat windows, the ability to call directly...

  • Email extinction predicted in 10 years
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    Email extinction predicted in 10 years

    By 18 November 2009

    Email extinction could be a reality in the next 10 years, says TalkTalk, proclaiming the younger generation has no need for such long-winded communication. No doubt echoing similar studies from 10 years ago that predicted the absolute death of snail mail,...

  • Nimbuzz launches on Android App market
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    Nimbuzz launches on Android App market

    By 12 August 2009

    Nimbuzz has announced that its instant messaging aggregation software is now available for Android handsets like the G1, HTC Magic, and HTC Hero. It has a number of features that are unique for Android users. The app pushes homescreen notifications to...

  • Microsoft celebrates Windows Live Messenger's 10th birthday
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    Microsoft celebrates Windows Live Messenger's 10th birthday

    By 22 July 2009

    What's now known as Microsoft Windows Live Messenger is celebrating its 10th birthday today. Launched on this day back in 1999 as MSN Messenger Service, Microsoft boasts that within 60 days of the debut, an impressive 2.4 million people had sent their...

  • Blogger seduces Castro's son via online chats
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    Blogger seduces Castro's son via online chats

    By 15 June 2009

    A Florida-based Cuban exile blogger called Luis Dominguez has managed to penetrate the tight security cordon around the Castro family by posing as a Columbian sports journalist. Dominguez says that he used Antonio Castro's alleged weakness for young women...

  • Facebook friend lists now work in chat
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    Facebook friend lists now work in chat

    By 12 May 2009

    Do you want to be online with your mates on Facebook, but appear offline with your work colleagues? You can now do that by using Facebook's "friend lists" to filter your connections in the social networking site's chat application. Apparently a much requested...

  • Adium announces Twitter support
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    Adium announces Twitter support

    By 13 March 2009

    Adium, the free instant messaging client for Mac OS X users, has announced it is working on Twitter support for its next update. The program currently provides users with a one stop shop for all their communication needs, with the ability to access services...

  • VIDEO: fring for the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
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    VIDEO: fring for the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

    By 4 March 2009

    fring has announced the launch of a new version of its "social community and communication service" for the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. Particularly topical, considering the reported furore over the Nokia N97 getting the Skype VoIP app, the fring app will...

  • 3 and Sony Ericsson to offer enhanced Cyber-shot C510
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    3 and Sony Ericsson to offer enhanced Cyber-shot C510

    By 16 February 2009

    3 and Sony Ericsson have announced a partnership to bring "enhanced" versions of Facebook, Windows Live Messenger and YouTube uploader tool to mobile internet users. with the claim of taking popular social networking applications and integrating them...

  • Nimbuzz announced for Toshiba TG01
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    Nimbuzz announced for Toshiba TG01

    By 16 February 2009

    Nimbuzz has announced that it is to develop an "optimised" version of its social messaging application for Toshiba's new TG01 smartphone. Nimbuzz's messaging application is said to "integrate effortlessly with an individual's sophisticated and 'hyper-connected'...

  • Vodafone comp to see "instant messaging millionaires"
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    Vodafone comp to see "instant messaging millionaires"

    By 13 February 2009

    Vodafone is offering its UK customers the chance to win the cash equivalent of one million instant messages. Vodafone says it is looking to make three customers "instant messaging millionaires" by the end of next month. Customers aged over 16 will be...

  • Virgin Mobile offers free Windows Live Messenger
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    Virgin Mobile offers free Windows Live Messenger

    By 9 December 2008

    Virgin Mobile has announced the launch of Windows Live Messenger service for their new and existing customers on selected handsets. Virgin Mobile will provide the service, either pre-loaded or downloadable, onto a customer’s mobile, and it will be free...

  • Sony Ericsson launches new Xperia panels
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    Sony Ericsson launches new Xperia panels

    By 26 November 2008

    Sony Ericsson has launched two new "panels" for the Xperia X1, teaming up with Facebook and Microsoft Windows Live. The new Facebook application built for Sony Ericsson uses the panel-based interface of the Xperia X1 to deliver an "intuitive" version...

  • Microsoft Windows Live updated
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    Microsoft Windows Live updated

    By 13 November 2008

    Microsoft has realised that it is unable to take on the combined force of social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook and instead decided to become an aggregator of content with its latest update to its Windows Live service. "It's about keeping...