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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

July 26, 2012
by sjvn01
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Google Talk: Down and out in Google IM, VoIP, & video-conferencing

UPDATED: Early this morning, July 26, on the US East coast, Google Talk, and related communication services went down. By 1 PM Google is reporting that the service is back to normal. Google Talk: Down and out in Google IM, … Continue reading

July 24, 2012
by sjvn01
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Big brother Microsoft listens in to your Skype IMs

The question was: “Is Skype snooping on your conversations?” The answer is yes. According to a Microsoft Skype spokesperson, “As was true before the Microsoft acquisition, Skype co-operates with law enforcement agencies as is legally required and technically feasible.” So … Continue reading