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Facebook stickers hit web chat

Facebook stickers hit web chat

Facebook has added stickers support to its web chat, carrying the jumbo emoticons over from the mobile apps to the desktop interface. The popular images - which some IM users love, while others find them infuriating - have been featured in Facebook's mobile chat service for some time, but have quietly been added to conversations in the desktop browser.

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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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