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Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it

Microsoft last month declared that it had rebuilt its Skype app "from the ground up." Those who use the app have been busy tearing it down. Reviews of the Android and iOS versions of the app have been mostly terrible, and those posted to the Windows App Store have not been much better. Chief among the issues is that the …

Telegram chat app founder claims Feds offered backdoor bribe

The founder of chat app Telegram has publicly claimed that feds pressured the company to weaken its encryption or install a backdoor. "During our team's 1-week visit to the US last year we had two attempts to bribe our devs by US agencies + pressure on me from the FBI," Pavel Durov said on Twitter. "It would be naive to think …
John Leyden, 14 Jun 2017

Please don't call them Facebook chatbots, says Facebook's bot boss

F8 2017 Facebook all but admitted the failure of chatbots last month – with the announcement that developers building Messenger bot can hide text input boxes and offer menu-driven conversations instead. Chatbots were billed by some as the new user interface for apps: rather than tap on icons and swipe through screens, you tell the …
Thomas Claburn, 19 Apr 2017
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Messaging app used by Trump aides 'riddled with security bugs'

Security researchers have discovered multiple vulnerabilities in Confide, the encrypted messaging app reportedly used by President Donald Trump's aides to speak to each other in secret. IOActive reported flaws it had discovered in Confide to the app's developers, who responded promptly by patching the application, allowing …
John Leyden, 8 Mar 2017
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Sneaky chat app Signal deploys decoy domains to deny despots

The latest update of Signal, one of the most well-regarded privacy-focused messaging applications for non-technical users, has just been revised to support a censorship circumvention technique that will make it more useful for people denied privacy by surveillance-oriented regimes. In response to reports that Egypt and the …
Thomas Claburn, 23 Dec 2016
Bot alert! Bot apps feature in the new Skype app

The Rosetta Stone of chatbot APIs: Upstart touts software bridge

Taking aim at the balkanized bot ecosystem, Message.io, a Y Combinator-backed startup, on Wednesday began offering private beta access to its bot platform. The 12-person company, based in Austin, Texas, aims to provide a single system for managing bot-based communication across multiple messaging services. Its bot syndication …
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Chat app Telegram's meltdown today was literal – its data center cooling failed

Messaging app Telegram went wobbly on Thursday as one of its North American data centers closed down due to melting servers. The messaging service said on Twitter that the facility had been experiencing "massive overheating" problems after the cooling center in the building failed. This, in turn, resulted in communication …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Oct 2016

Google's Allo chat app hits a downside to AI: Bot must hoard private messages to train itself

Google has launched its new mobile messaging app Allo today in a bid to challenge Facebook's stronghold in instant messaging. Allo differs from Google's previous attempts with Hangouts, Google Talk and Google Chat, as its main power lies in artificial intelligence, apparently. Users will be introduced to a preview edition of …
Katyanna Quach, 22 Sep 2016

Oh snap! Facebook zaps crap yap gap in web chat, natter app flap

A vulnerability in Facebook's web chatrooms and its Messenger app would have let miscreants surreptitiously tamper with messages after they had been sent. The flaw was discovered by eggheads at security biz Check Point, who reported it to the social network giant. We're told attackers would have needed only a basic knowledge …
John Leyden, 8 Jun 2016

Twitter expands beyond 140 characters

Twitter has announced another tweak to its text-message system that will give users greater space to send messages alongside pictures. The change, which will be rolled out over the next few months according to a blog post by the company, will retain the company's 140-character text limit but not count links to photos or people …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 May 2016
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Keep snapping selfies, says Snapchat: Cops NEVER ask us for 'em

Images sent via self-destructing selfie service Snapchat may not disappear as reliably as it once advertised, but it turns out that if you want to post incriminating messages without them getting snooped by authorities, Snapchat is still a pretty good place to do it. That's based on the firm's first-ever transparency report, …
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When will ROBOTS start chatting on WhatsApp? Don't hold your breath, says co-founder

F8 2015 As much as developers might want WhatsApp to publish APIs to allow other software to access its popular chat service, the Facebook subsidiary has no plans to do so. That's the word from WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton, who took the stage at the Facebook F8 developer conference in San Francisco on Wednesday to participate in a …
Neil McAllister, 26 Mar 2015
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Twitter hints at messaging moves

Twitter has issued a couple of big, meaty, hints that it wants in on instant messaging. The avian network already has a messaging service, in the form of “direct messages” that are sent between two parties but don't ever appear in public. Such messages, known as DMs among the Twitterati, aren't very widely used because most …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2014
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Slingshot: Facebook unwraps chat app to splat Snapchat brats

Facebook has officially announced Slingshot, its Snapchat-like phone app for sharing self-destructing photo messages, one week after accidentally releasing an early version on Apple's App Store. As everyone already knew because of Facebook's blunder, the standalone Slingshot app allows you to share photos and videos that …
Neil McAllister, 17 Jun 2014
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Play.com tech titan snaps up 'VoIP-tastic WhatsApp' firm Viber

Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten will slurp messaging app Viber for $900m in cash as it continues its plans for world domination. The firm behind Play.com offers services from shopping to online video and is now adding messaging and VoIP to its repertoire courtesy of Viber, which is run from Cyprus by Israeli entrepreneur …
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Undeterred by Snapchat's snafus, upstart Confide punts self-destruct selfies

While the world wonders whether Snapchat is a three-billion-dollar disaster because of its recent hack, an AOL alumnus has launched a disappearing message app designed for corporate audiences. Confide, which hit the app store on January 8 US time, pitches itself as an app that “lets you say what you want … messages disappear …
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Facebook bots grope our 'privates', and every wronged user should get $10,000 – lawsuit claims

Two Facebook users have begun a class-action lawsuit that alleges the social network's "private" messaging system is a lie. The pair, Matthew Campbell and Michael Hurley, reckon each of the website's estimated 166 million US users should get a payday of up to $10,000 apiece as compensation. The suit, filed in California, …
Iain Thomson, 3 Jan 2014
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Self-destructing selfies? Not so fast! Snapchat now offers one-time Replay

Stealthy selfie service Snapchat has added a new feature to its mobile apps that makes it possible for users to hang onto messages for longer than the senders may have intended. Dubbed "Replay," the feature added to Snapchat 6.1.0 for Android and iOS allows users to view a Snapchat message, image, or video a second time before …
Neil McAllister, 23 Dec 2013

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