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Google+ Hangouts SMS integration coming soon, says Google

Google+ Hangouts SMS integration coming soon, says Google

Google+ Hangouts got a major face-lift yesterday when Google announced that all of their chat services would be merged together into one app. Essentially, users can now message each other over various platforms, as well as video chat. Furthermore, you can send someone a message without even them being signed in, hinting to the possibility that Hangouts could be an SMS replacement.

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Line messenger hits 150 million users

Line messenger hits 150 million users

Line, a chat-based messaging service that has been steadily growing more popular, has announced the 150 million user milestone, with those who use the service hailing from a variety of locations around the globe. Line is available in many countries, including the recently announced Latin America and Spanish markets, and was launching one month shy of a year ago.

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FBI seeks to fine tech companies failing to comply with real-time wiretaps

FBI seeks to fine tech companies failing to comply with real-time wiretaps

A new proposal from the government would require tech companies like Facebook or Google to allow law enforcement to place real-time wiretaps on a suspect's communication mediums, like messaging apps, emails, and more. Law officials would present a court-ordered request to the companies, and if the companies don't comply, they would receive a fine amounting to tens of thousands of dollars. If they choose not to pay the fine after 90 days, the fines will double each day afterwards.

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Chat apps leave SMS behind as carrier cash-cow falters

Chat apps leave SMS behind as carrier cash-cow falters

Mobile instant messaging apps have overtaken SMS for the first time, new research suggests, marking a likely end of the text message cash-cow for operators. Nearly 19bn IM chat messages were sent every day in 2012 on average, according to research firm Informa, in comparison to 17.6bn traditional text messages, with analysts claiming some carriers are already "seeing a decline in their messaging revenues."

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iMessage bug omits last word of specific messages

iMessage bug omits last word of specific messages

A bug plaguing the iMessage instant messaging feature on iOS and Mac OS X devices omits the last word of certain messages after the instant message is sent and received. This issue affects both the iPhone as well as Macs, and it appears to both the sender and the receiver. So far, The Verge has discovered two phrases that seem to be affected by the issue. The first phrase being anything that involves President Barack Obama's name, and the second affecting the phrase, "The best prize is a surprise."

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Facebook Messenger for Android updated with free voice calling

Facebook Messenger for Android updated with free voice calling

Facebook has finally rolled out a new feature to its U.S. Android users that now allows them to initiate a free voice call with one of their Facebook friends. The voice calling feature will be available automatically, meaning you won't have to go to Google Play to download an update. The feature has been available to iOS users for quite some time now, and Android users in Canada had the feature since early March. The voice calling feature uses up your data plan instead of your actual minutes, so if you're on a tiered data plan, proceed with caution.

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