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April 20, 2015
by sjvn01
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Twitter allows anyone to send you a direct message: This is an upgrade?

Is this a feature or a bug? Twitter, the popular 140-character social network, has now made it easier than ever for anyone to send you a Direct Message. Twitter allows anyone to send you a direct message: This is an … Continue reading

June 14, 2013
by sjvn01
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Six ways to protect yourself from the NSA and other eavesdroppers

Worried sick about the NSA, or someone else, looking over your shoulder? Well, you can do things that will make it harder for someone to eavesdrop on you. That’s the good news. The bad news is that all these things … Continue reading

May 28, 2013
by sjvn01
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Google moves away from the XMPP open-messaging standard

When Google announced that it was consolidating its Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) instant messaging and video-conferencing services into Google Hangouts, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) noticed that Google had also sharply diminished “support for the open messaging protocol known as XMPP … Continue reading

July 30, 2012
by sjvn01
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Google adds Google+ Hangout style video-conferencing to Gmail

Fred Brewin, a Google product manager, has just announced that Google is upgrading its Gmail and its closely allied Google Talk  instant-messaging, VoIP, and video-chat service to to “a more modern video calling technology — Google+ Hangouts.” Google+ Hangouts enables … Continue reading