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Google Hangouts is down, it’s not just you [Update: Restored]

Google Hangouts is down, it’s not just you [Update: Restored]

This morning Google Hangouts is on the fritz. Users across the United States are reporting outages as well as down-time entirely as the service is experiencing difficulty in both sending and receiving messages. This downtime appears to be at a server level as both desktop (web browser) and mobile versions of the ecosystem are experiencing difficulties.

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Google Babel memo leak speaks of cross-device chat and iOS experience

Google Babel memo leak speaks of cross-device chat and iOS experience

The oncoming wave that is Google Babel (previously spoken of as Google Babble, as well) will soon be hitting your devices at full speed. This service will be a cross-device and cross-platform ecosystem for chatting with your friends and associates, and will be available not just on your Android smartphones and tablets, but your desktop computers too. And not only that - today's leak includes mention of a "first class iOS experience' as well!

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Is this really Google Babel?

Is this really Google Babel?

Rumor has it that Google is planning on unifying all of its chat services into one, single and efficient chat service. The new service was reported to be called "Babble", however now it appears that the spelling has been modified to "Babel". Some new screenshots released by TechRadar shows what may in fact be the chat service in action, but of course, the source of the screenshots is unconfirmed, so lets take this news with a grain of salt.

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Polycom announces RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite for easier access to third-party video chat apps

Polycom announces RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite for easier access to third-party video chat apps

Polycom has been a dominate figure when it comes to video conferencing in the enterprise market. However, the company is looking to shake things up with a suite of products that will make it easier and more affordable to communicate with other people. Polycom’s new RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite allows users to connect with anyone using a selection of different video chat applications, like Skype, Facebook, and Google Talk.

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It’s not just you: Google Talk is down (UPDATE: And we’re back!)

It’s not just you: Google Talk is down (UPDATE: And we’re back!)

No need to rush off to reset your router: Google Talk is indeed down. The vast majority of users are seeing downtime with Google’s chat service, although the cause of the outage hasn’t yet been determined, and Google isn’t sure when everything will be fixed either. Taking to its status page, Google recognizes that there is a “problem with Google Talk affecting a majority of users.” Users can apparently periodically access the service, but occasionally get error messages and failed message attempts.

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Use Skype in Ethiopia and get 15 years in prison

Use Skype in Ethiopia and get 15 years in prison

The Ethiopian government has just made it a criminal offense to use VoIP services within the country such as Skype and Google Talk. Anyone caught using VoIP service can now spend 15 years in prison. Ethiopia passed the new law last month, and it's only just now becoming known outside of the country.

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