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Snapchat settles FTC suit, admits guilt about security issues

Snapchat settles FTC suit, admits guilt about security issues

Snapchat, the messaging service promising disappearing messages, has settled a complaint with the FTC. The complaint involved several inconsistencies the FCC said were occurring within Snapchat’s service, running the gamut from the message service itself to the nature of information gathering Snapchat said it wasn’t doing. The settlement closes a chapter in the Snapchat saga, but opens up a can of worms.

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Snapchat gets auto-wiped IM chat and live video sharing

Snapchat gets auto-wiped IM chat and live video sharing

Snapchat has updated its ephemeral photo and video sharing app with instant messaging, with the new Chat feature also including live video streaming support. The new iOS and Android app also indicates presence, so you know when your friends are paying attention to the smutty photos and clips you're sending them, but the chat itself has the same short lifespan as multimedia does.

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Google Hangouts 2.1 for Android merges IM and SMS

Google Hangouts 2.1 for Android merges IM and SMS

Google has updated Hangouts for Android, with v2.1 further blending SMS and Hangout conversations, likely much to the chagrin of carriers. Hangouts 2.1 - which will roll out in the Google Play store over the coming days, Google says - now merges text message and Hangouts chat into a single thread, with a toggle to control whether new replies go out over SMS or through Google's IM service.

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Facebook axing in-app messaging: Pushing standalone app

Facebook axing in-app messaging: Pushing standalone app

Facebook will force iOS and Android app users to download the standalone Facebook Messenger app if they want to continue chatting, with plans to remove the messaging functionality from the regular Facebook app. The decision, likely to cause some consternation among Facebook users, is part of the social network's ongoing shift to standalone software for each key feature it offers, rather than bundling them together and running the risk that they get overlooked.

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Dropbox Mailbox for Android and desktop revealed

Dropbox Mailbox for Android and desktop revealed

Dropbox has announced Mailbox for Android and desktop, bringing its email client over from iOS, in addition to revealing Microsoft Office integration with Project Harmony. The new Mailbox app - which will be released for Android as a free app later today, though is not quite ready for desktop use - will also introduce some new features, such as synchronization across devices thanks to now requiring a Dropbox account to log in.

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Vine messages takes on Instagram Direct

Vine messages takes on Instagram Direct

Vine has added Vine messages to its video sharing app, allowing users to send private video clips to their friends in a similar way to Instagram Direct. The new feature allows for video and text message sharing with both Vine and non-Vine users, while the app update also includes color options for individual Vine profiles.

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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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