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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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WhatsApp boasts 200M monthly active users, now bigger than Twitter

WhatsApp boasts 200M monthly active users, now bigger than Twitter

WhatsApp's popularity has skyrocketed since its launch back in 2009. At All Things D's conference, D: Dive Into Mobile, Jan Koum, CEO of WhatsApp, stated that the smartphone app is even more popular than Twitter now. It currently has over 200 million monthly active users, who send out and receive over 20 billion messages each day. WhatsApp processes a estimated total of 12 billion outbound messages and 8 billion inbound messages on a daily basis.

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Facebook Home hits Android today – Chat Heads first!

Facebook Home hits Android today – Chat Heads first!

Today is the day that Android gets Facebook Home - but at this very moment, the big changes exist outside the final Facebook Home app, inside Facebook Messenger and the basic Facebook app instead! What you'll be seeing inside Facebook Messenger is a push to what's effectively Chat Heads. Chat Heads is a bit more of an aesthetic change than it is a change to your whole going-about of things.

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Facebook charges you to message celebrities directly

Facebook charges you to message celebrities directly

Facebook rolled out a new paid messaging feature late last month that allows British users to message their favorite celebrities for a fee. The paid messaging service was another way for Facebook to generate more revenue, however, it may be crossing a line. The paid messaging service sends your message straight to the celebrities' priority inbox, and the scale of the fee depends on the popularity of the celebrity.

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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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Google tipped to pick up WhatsApp for $1 Billion

Google tipped to pick up WhatsApp for $1 Billion

It's just a billion bucks, why not purchase one of the quickest growing multi-platform message ecosystems in the mobile universe: WhatsApp? That's what Google has been rumored to be chatting about this week, as an inside source speaking with Digital Trends tells it. This is a story that feeds quite well into the idea that Google is creating their own every-device messaging app system the likes of which would transform their multi-tiered systems into a singular hero.

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Apple’s iMessage encryption foils snooping, leaked DEA document reveals

Apple’s iMessage encryption foils snooping, leaked DEA document reveals

iMessage is a convenient way for iOS users to swap messages, and it seems that extends to those engaging in less-than-honest dealings, particularly of the drug variety in this case. The folks over at CNET got their hands on an internal Drug Enforcement Administration memo that details an investigation and the difficulty suspects who use Apple's messaging system pose.

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Facebook announces Chat Heads messaging service

Facebook announces Chat Heads messaging service

We're here at Facebook's phone event, where they just announced Facebook Home, a new home screen of sorts built for Android devices. The company is going a little deeper in depth on some of the new features, one of which is a new messaging system called Chat Heads, which essentially allows you to message your Facebook friends in a new way.

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Twilio joins with Google to bring voice and messaging API to developers

Twilio joins with Google to bring voice and messaging API to developers

Google and Twilio are teaming up to bring developers cloud-powered tools that will help them integrate their apps with VoIP and messaging services. Twilio has partnered up with Google's Cloud Platform, making it the first voice and messaging API available through the Google App Engine. With its API, developers are able to easily integrate messaging and VoIP capabilities into their apps with just a few lines of code.

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