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Bubble? LMAO - YOLO! Wall St gets new instant messaging service

A rival to the ubiquitous but expensive Bloomberg terminals will launch this week on Wall Street. Symphony was set up a year ago by Goldman Sachs and 14 of the world's biggest banks after it was revealed in 2013 that some reporters from Bloomberg's news division spied on the use of the company's business terminals held by …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Sep 2015

China cracks down on instant messengers: Users must hand over REAL NAMES

China has tightened rules regulating the use of instant messengers, forcing users to reveal their real names when registering so their identities can be linked to their content. In much the same way as with social networks – although clearly for different reasons – the State Internet Information Office (SIIO) is requiring …
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Just HALF of 10m iPhone, Android BlackBerry BBM app downloads activated

Ten million people have apparently downloaded the new BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) app for Android or iOS in just 24 hours. But with activations being metered out in half-million lumps it will be a while before they can all start chatting. The app, which brings BlackBerry Messenger to Android and iOS gadgets, was launched on …
Bill Ray, 23 Oct 2013
The NSA Unchained

Snowden: NSA whacks US in the WALLET, slurps millions of contacts books

The National Security Agency is hurting the US economy with its "dragnet" surveillance, says uber-leaker Edward Snowden. Snowden made his remarks at an event in Russia last week, footage of which surfaced on Monday. He also alleged, via The Washington Post, that the NSA has been slurping the contents of some 250 million …
Jack Clark, 15 Oct 2013
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Peak txt: 1.5 BEELLLION more chat app msgs sent than SMSes a day

WhatsApp, BlackBerry Messenger and other online chat apps handled more messages than telcos handled texts, says market research biz Informa. And by the end of 2013, the number of online messages will be double the number of SMS texts, leaving the phone network operators scrabbling for revenue. Informa pegged 2012's global SMS …
Bill Ray, 29 Apr 2013
The Register breaking news

Facebook takes aim at SMS with new Messenger app

Facebook has unveiled an update to its Messenger app for Android aimed at getting mobile users off SMS and onto the social network's own messaging service. Beginning on Tuesday, users no longer need a full Facebook account to access Messenger. Instead, they can sign up for the service using nothing more than their names and …
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Mobile operators have another go at killing IM and Skype

Global trade body the GSMA is pushing its operator-interaction API Joyn with an emulator enabling developers to start work. It has also just announced that US mobile carrier MetroPCS has Joyned the club. MetroPCS follows a handful of European operators in deploying the platform which the GSMA is hoping will drag customers back …
Bill Ray, 5 Nov 2012
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Google Talk goes dumb in massive global outage

Updated The Google Talk IM and video chat service suffered a massive global outage beginning early on Thursday, leaving users mum for more than four hours. The Chocolate Factory's application status page first noted the problem at 3:40am PST, describing it as a "service disruption." Google updated that status to a "service outage" ten …
Neil McAllister, 26 Jul 2012
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Microsoft censors Pirate Bay links from IM

Microsoft has confirmed that users of its instant messaging app will not be able to send each other links to popular torrent site The Pirate Bay, citing malware fears. "We block instant messages if they contain malicious or spam URLs based on intelligence algorithms, third-party sources, and/or user complaints. Pirate Bay URLs …
Iain Thomson, 26 Mar 2012
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Google in preemptive strike on Microsoft Office 365

Google Apps product manager Shan Sinha was once director of strategy for Microsoft SharePoint, Redmond's longstanding effort to facilitate business collaboration over the net. Sinha left Microsoft in the fall of 2007 to create DocVerse, a service that bypassed SharePoint, plugging Microsoft Office clients into Google Apps. …
Cade Metz, 28 Jun 2011
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Apple embraces 'n' extends messaging

Once upon a time there was POP3, and it was all so simple... This week's news that Apple is introducing its own proprietary messaging protocol was buried in yesterday's iCloud announcements. Maybe it's too geeky for the Twitter-besotted press corps, and too mundane for many analysts. But it's very, very significant. If RIM's …
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Lone Android dev 'almost brought down T-Mobile'

T-Mobile USA told the FCC that having an open network caused it severe overloading and network degradation, thanks to one incompetent Android developer. The developer in question created an Instant Messaging application that drove traffic up by 1,200 per cent in one instance. As it became more popular, T-Mobile was obliged to …
Bill Ray, 19 Oct 2010
DVD it in many colours

IM what IM

Sysadmin blog Office Communications Server (OCS) is one of Microsoft’s hidden gems. Everyone hears about Windows, Exchange and SQL Server, but you could be excused for never having heard of OCS, the evolution of Microsoft’s corporate instant messaging service. There are a lot of competitors, but OCS has excellent integration with Microsoft …
Trevor Pott, 23 Aug 2010
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Bound robbery victim IMs for help with toes

An Atlanta woman who was tied to her bed by an armed robber managed to alert her boyfriend by instant messenger - no mean feat since she was obliged to type with her toes. Amy Windom from her Facebook profile According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 39-year-old Amy Windom (pictured) was in bed around midnight on Tuesday …
Lester Haines, 6 Aug 2010
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Fring cops to unchangeable passwords

Do you use Fring? Do you change your passwords regularly? If you answered yes to both then you're lying, as Fring has admitted that changing the password isn't an option. Fring is an identity-aggregator which combines instant messaging and VoIP applications, routing connections through its servers to provide an integrated …
Bill Ray, 19 Apr 2010
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The legal risks of uncontrolled IM use

White paper Everyone loves instant messaging, the chat-cum-presence tool of choice of the masses. And that love extends to the workplace...IM should overtake email as the preferred method of business communication by the second half of 2010, an IDC survey found last year. But IM can create enormous headaches for their employers. We have …
Team Register, 19 Aug 2009
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Torrents and physical ownership score high for music fans

Music collections and physical recordings still matter, even to younger "digital natives" who aren't supposed to care about such things, a new British music survey suggests. The research highlights the growing popularity of P2P services, although this may be brittle - if something better and legal comes along. The survey, by …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Aug 2009
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Thunderbird 3 release has wings clipped

Mozilla has pushed back its development schedule for Thunderbird 3, the next version of its email client. A planned beta of the package will now be described as a third alpha build. The first beta of Thunderbird 3 was due to come out at the end of September. It would have been followed by a second in November and a release …
John Leyden, 3 Oct 2008

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