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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

May 24, 2013
by sjvn01
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Microsoft’s Linux app, Skype, gets updated

A few years back, Linux’s creator, Linus Torvalds said, “If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I’ve won.” By that standard, Linux won last year when Microsoft started shipping a new version of Skype, its then recently acquired … Continue reading

May 21, 2013
by sjvn01
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Google Voice integrating into Google Hangouts

For years, Google had multiple Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP), instant messaging, and video-conferencing services. Now, Google is uniting those services under Google Hangouts. It wasn’t clear though  where Google Voice, its main VoIP program that crossed the gap between landline/cellular and … Continue reading

November 7, 2012
by sjvn01
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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