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HipChat adds free option for unlimited users

Atlassian's HipChat collaboration tool adds a Basic version that will include free group chat and 1:1 messaging for every person at a company, regardless of size. But there is a catch.

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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.

Facebook Messenger arrives for Windows Phone

The app joins other recent additions to the selection on WIndows Phone, including Instagram and Vine

Skype for Outlook.com rolls out worldwide with new HD video call support

Now you can chat about how much email stinks while achieving inbox zero.

WhatsApp Pushes Past 400 Million Monthly Users

32 billion received messages, 400 million users, 500 billion photos daily. WhatsApp has become a force in the world of mobile instant messaging.

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Facebook's WhatsApp buy could finally kill SMS

If every smartphone user has Facebook, what's the point of SMS?

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Take that, Snapchat: Instagram Direct’s private messages stick around

Instagram Direct lets users privately send photos and videos in what is widely considered a shot at trendy messaging app Snapchat.

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Ventrilo review: The essential comms tool for the PC gamer

Ventrilo keeps both sophisticated power gamers and easily overwhelmed newbies chatting in-game.

Blackberry sees 10 million BBM downloads in 24 hours

Blackberry says its new app that opens up the proprietary BBM messaging platform to Android and Apple users was downloaded 10 million times in just over its first 24 hours of availability.