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Facebook testing new service that charges for messages sent to strangers

Facebook testing new service that charges for messages sent to strangers

Facebook announced today that they're testing out a new feature in Facebook Messages that will allow you to pay $1 to have a message sent to someone that you're not connected to go straight to their inbox instead of the "Other" folder. This might seem like an intrusive approach to talking to someone you aren't friends with, but it could come in handy if you need to get a hold of someone that's friends with a friend.

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Skype Video Messaging leaked in service details update

Skype Video Messaging leaked in service details update

It would seem that the folks at Skype have accidentally let loose their next big feature for the world of video-connected citizens: Video Messaging. This leak has occurred in one of the most excellent places for leaks, that being Skype's own update of its official Terms of Service. Remember everyone: there's always someone digging through your files - even when its the least likely place.

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iMessage experiencing difficulties as Apple works on fix

iMessage experiencing difficulties as Apple works on fix

Apple's iMessage service is experiencing intermittent sending issues. This same issue cropped up previously back in September, with users reporting that the progress bar would sometimes hang, and issues with the service were reported again a few days ago. Apple issued a brief statement that it is looking into the problem and will provide more information as it becomes available.

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Skype comes to Windows 8 with all new app

Skype comes to Windows 8 with all new app

Microsoft has already packed Windows 8 with a bunch of apps from the get-go, but one thing we haven't heard too much about is the company's Skype app for the new operating system. That all changed today, as Microsoft has officially unveiled its Skype for Windows 8 app, detailing all of the new features in a Big Blog post. Needless to say, if you're a Skype user who will be installing Windows 8 at the end of the week, you're in for a lot of new features.

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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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Skype admits message leak bug but fix incoming

Skype admits message leak bug but fix incoming

There’s a nasty little Skype bug that’s starting to do the rounds you may want to pay attention to. Engadget reports that the VOIP client has been hit by an issue that will cause messages to be randomly forwarded to other people in your contacts list. The bug was first discovered in June by members on Skype’s support forums, but the company is just getting around to acknowledging the issue, saying that they’re currently working on a fix.

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AOL kills Instant Messenger

AOL kills Instant Messenger

Likely the very first non-email application you ever used to speak with your friends and relatives is about to be shut down for good, AOL Instant Messanger, aka AIM, has been all but slashed entirely from the AOL family. This application's 40 employees in charge of development as well as everything outside of basic maintenance has been let go entirely. While support staff for the ecosystem will remain, no future upgrades to the software will exist from this point on.

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Facebook “Other” Message Inbox makes us realize how addicted we are

Facebook “Other” Message Inbox makes us realize how addicted we are

Very recently Facebook introduced a feature you may not have noticed, but will very likely have you flipping your lid when you see it for yourself for the first time - a "Social Inbox" as they call it, sorting your messages into two categories, making you miss a massive amount of connections if you do not make that extra click. An interesting source of people responding to the news of this extra inbox comes from Slate where everything from returned wallets to finding a lost father of twins have popped up in that extra "Other" box, enraging users who feel they weren't sufficiently informed about it. Now the question is this: should Facebook have made a greater effort to tell you that you had a new place to click if you wanted to get messages from strangers?

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Facebook Messenger replaces Beluga starting November 11

Facebook Messenger replaces Beluga starting November 11

When the slick group messaging app Beluga was acquired by Facebook back in March, we knew it was only a matter of time before the service would get assimilated and shutdown. Now, we have the official deadline for when still loyal Beluga users will have to make the transition to something else. And that will most likely be Facebook's version of the service, a standalone app launched back in August called Facebook Messenger.

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iMessage support revealed in iChat for OS X Lion

iMessage support revealed in iChat for OS X Lion

Apple first introduced the new iMessage feature for iOS 5 back at WWDC 2011 as a unified messaging service that could deliver both text and multimedia messages over WiFi or 3G. It also offered read and delivery receipts as well as real-time typing indication. It was set to work for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices. And now, it appears Apple plans on integrating the feature for Macs as well.

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