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May 28, 2013
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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

November 7, 2012
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VoIP and instant messaging problem looming: Skype doesn’t support IPv6

Skype, despite built-in advertising and no privacy guarantees  is still a very popular Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and instant messaging (IM) client. Indeed, Microsoft is replacing Windows Live Messaging with Skype. Skype has another problem that’s becoming increasingly troublesome: It … Continue reading

July 30, 2012
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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

June 19, 2012
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Microsoft supports Linux desktop

No, that’s not my prediction for Microsoft’s mysterious Monday announcement. No, it’s what Microsoft is already doing with last week’s unexpected release of Skype 4 for Linux. Microsoft–Microsoft!–of all companies has just shipped its first mass-market, end-user Linux desktop program. … Continue reading

June 14, 2012
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Microsoft unexpectedly ships a new version of Skype for Linux

You could have knocked me over with a feather. The last thing I expected was to see a new version of Skype, the popular Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) program, arrive for Linux. But, just in time for Skype’s new in-your-face advertising … Continue reading