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Microsoft Skype buy approved by EU

Microsoft Skype buy approved by EU

It appears that last May's Microsoft acquisition of Skype has finally been approved by the EU. This Friday Microsoft can officially say that, at least in Europe, it'll be able to purchase Skype for $8.5 billion. The European Commission noted that it found both firms activities "overlapped for video communications, where Microsoft is active through its Windows Live Messenger." This of course is noted in regards to competition and whether or not there are "competition concerns" in the deal.

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Google+ Hangout with Black Eyed Peas will.i.am ON AIR now [see the live video here!]

Google+ Hangout with Black Eyed Peas will.i.am ON AIR now [see the live video here!]

As promised back when the upgrade to Google+ was made in regards to Hangouts functionality specifically, will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas is currently (depending on when you see this post, I suppose) broadcasting live. He and several of his best buddies are sitting in a beat laboratory where he's doing some dances, posting to Google+ on his own phone (looks like a BlackBerry, shame on you!) and chatting about what they're chatting about. It's surprisingly entertaining, believe it or not - see it below right this second - what a wacky lovely promotion!

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Google Updates Hangouts to full Phone and Broadcast functionality

Google Updates Hangouts to full Phone and Broadcast functionality

The folks at Google working on the social networking site Google+ aren't messing around with that whole "plus" thing, taking their Hangouts video chat portion to a level above and beyond basically every competing service in a bold swoosh of updates today. Want to video chat via G+ on your phone? You can do that today. Want to broadcast a video for the public? You can do that today. Want to share your screen, share a live-drawn sketchpad, work with Google Docs, or name a Hangout to handle your specific needs? All of that is live today. On top of all this, Google is handing out Hangout APIs today for developers to create new and interesting additional apps that work on the Hangouts video chat platform. Wins all around!

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Fring gets Google+ Hangouts-style “Playgrounds” group video chat

Fring gets Google+ Hangouts-style “Playgrounds” group video chat

Popular four-way video chat app, Fring, has just added a new feature that they're calling "Playgrounds." This addition seems to mimic the Google+ Hangouts feature in that it lets people more freely and casually join in on group video chats. But Fring takes it a step further by making Playgrounds group chats completely open so that people who join in do not have to know each other first.

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Skype Acquires GroupMe after the latter has a Major Update

Skype Acquires GroupMe after the latter has a Major Update

As the video and instant chat group Skype announced today, GroupMe has been acquired by big blue, this the latest in a long long of acquisitions and partnerships that have been unfolding over the past few months in the group chat world. Most notably Facebook has tied up with Skype for video chat on Facebook and Microsoft has acquired Skype, this agreement getting FTC approval just this June - this possibly leading to Skype on Windows Phone 7 soon having been on Android for several months with video calling, hitting the iPad and iPad 2 earlier this month.

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Google+ Hangouts Will Be Open To Third-Party Apps

Google+ Hangouts Will Be Open To Third-Party Apps

One of the most popular features of Google+ is the Hangouts group video chat component. It's a convenient way to easily setup a group meeting whether for a casual chat or for business video conferencing. It also works smoothly even with larger groups and is completely free. Plus, Google plans to open up the app to allow third-party apps to work with the feature.

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T-Mobile Nexus S Finally Gets Google Talk Video Chat Over 3G/4G

T-Mobile Nexus S Finally Gets Google Talk Video Chat Over 3G/4G

Google Talk and Apple FaceTime both offer nice video calling services, but they differ in that FaceTime requires a Wi-Fi connection to work. Google's offering was more ideal, but it didn't quite pan out for T-Mobile customers. Since its launch back in May, Nexus S owners with the carrier have not been able to video chat over the cellular network. Well, that has changed today.

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Fring 4-Way Video Chat App Now Supports iPad 2

Fring 4-Way Video Chat App Now Supports iPad 2

Fring is one of the most popular video chat apps that works on both iOS and Android platforms. It is a rival to Skype but brings something new to the table with a 4-way chat feature that lets you video conference with up to three other friends. Today, the app got an update that optimizes it for the iPad 2.

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