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70-plus XMPP messaging services now securing chats with TLS encryption

The XMPP Standards Foundation on Monday marked the first day that a large number of XMPP services will require encrypted connections by default.

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Google finally adds integrated messaging to Hangouts in latest Android update

You'll no longer have to switch between individual instant messages and text messages.

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Two Skype irritations, gone: message syncing and mobile performance improve

Skype knows it needs to do better with mobile, and it's starting with the basics: speedier run times and syncing that's less clunky as you move among devices.

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Glip: IM-centric cloud collaboration

A new online collaboration service combines group chat, content sharing, and calendaring

Citrix adds IM to Podio enterprise collaboration software

Citrix has added instant messaging to its Podio enterprise collaboration product so that employees can engage in one-to-one and group text chats while they work on tasks and projects.

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Apple to challenge $368 million patent infringement verdict

Apple will challenge a November 2012 jury verdict that awarded $368 million in damages to Nevada patent-holding company VirnetX, a filing with U.S. regulators showed.

Glitch hits Apple's iMessage, Facetime

Apple's iMessage and Facetime messaging systems have been hit with a glitch that has taken the services offline for several hours.

Spruce up your Facebook chats with fancy emoticons

Forget boring old smileys. This site lets you pepper your chats with bullet holes, Bob Marley, cute quotes, and lots more.

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8 secrets to super-productive telecommuting

Telecommuting sounds like a dream come true, but it takes effort to stay productive and motivated. Here's how to work from home the right way.

Rumor: Google to unify chat under "Babble" brand

Google is rumored to be combining all its chat/communications services under a new brand to be known as Babble.

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