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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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Wireless AMBER Alert program shutting down at end of year

Wireless AMBER Alert program shutting down at end of year

The coalition of groups and government agencies that brought us Wireless AMBER Alerts announced today that the program will be ending at the end of the year. AMBER Alerts, as most you already know, aim to alert the public to recent abductions in an effort to get kidnapped children home safely as quickly as possible. Never fear though, as Wireless AMBER Alerts aren't going away, they're just being rolled into a new program called Wireless Emergency Alerts, which was launched earlier this year.

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Police tell Congress they want carriers keeping SMS logs for two years

Police tell Congress they want carriers keeping SMS logs for two years

Law enforcement representatives from both the state and local level have submitted a proposal to the US Congress that would require mobile carriers in the US to keep SMS logs for all users for at least two years, just in case they're eventually needed for future criminal investigations. The law enforcement reps say that the lack of a current requirement "can hinder law enforcement investigations."

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Text messaging on decline for first time ever

Text messaging on decline for first time ever

Ever since SMS was first conceived, it has become an unstoppable force that has been taking over voice calling as the number one way to communicate with someone over mobile devices. However, for the first time ever, text messaging volume in the US has declined according to a new research report from Chetan Sharma Consulting.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 2, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 2, 2012

Welcome to Friday evening everyone - the weekend is here at last, but before we dive in, it's time to recap the news. Today we heard that Microsoft might be testing out a smartphone of its own, which doesn't really surprise us considering that it just recently entered the tablet market. Apple's freshly rephrased "apology" to Samsung went live in UK newspapers today, and one analyst is expecting the iPad mini to top 1.5 million sales this weekend. Speaking of the iPad mini, we saw a drop test featuring the tiny slate today, and the tablet launched to shorter-than-normal lines for an Apple product.

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Facebook Messenger updated for iPhone 5

Facebook Messenger updated for iPhone 5

The Facebook environment on iOS for iPhone has been bumped upward once again with the Messenger app grabbing an update with a whole new user interface. If you're the type of person who loves to message back and forth with friend via Facebook and have never tried the stand-alone app for iOS, now's a better time than ever before! You'll be getting favorites integration, better performance than with any version that's come before, and the whole thing just looks a bit better - as it always does each time it's updated.

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Most other devices lack iOS SMS security hole

Most other devices lack iOS SMS security hole

Last week we found out about a new SMS security hole in the iPhone that could potentially leave users vulnerable to phishing attempts. To put it simply, this hole allows undesirable people to change the reply-to address on the texts they send you, making them appear to be legitimate and possibly convincing you to hand over some personal details. AdaptiveMobile has published a new report on the security hole, and while it may be scary for iPhone users, it appears that this flaw doesn't affect devices running a different OS.

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