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Why Google Killing Google Voice Would Be Fantastic

Brace yourself Google Voice fanboys, your treasured service is probably not long for this world. But don’t you worry; the sooner it’s dead the better we’ll all be.


BitTorrent Thinks It Can Make Your Online Chat Secure

The fallout from the NSA spying scandal has left many people unsure about what they should and shouldn’t share across the tubes. But now BitTorrent has an answer: an instant-message chat client that uses decentralised data transfer to keep your communications safe.


Somebody Save Us -- We're Drowning In Online Chat Systems

Choice is a wonderful thing, but when it comes to digital communication, perhaps we’re starting to drown in a sea of instant message apps and chat clients.


Report: Facebook's Testing A New Group Chat Feature

Hoping to compete against Apple’s iMessages, Google’s Hangouts and apps like WhatsApp, Facebook is reportedly testing a new chat room feature that would allow for hosted group chats on the web.


The Only Fragmentation That Matters (In Charts!)

We can argue about Android fragmentation and conflicting standards all day long, but you know what? Those fights are nothing compared to how broken your own digital life is.


Your Skype Messages Aren't As Private As You Think They Are

Most people think of Skype as a secure means of communication, with messages kindly delivered using end-to-end encryption. But a new report by Ars Technica suggests that’s far from the case — and Microsoft is often dipping into your communications.


You Use Can Gchat In Outlook Soon

Here’s some good, good news. Microsoft is adding Google Talk (which all of you just call Gchat) support to Outlook.com. Meaning, you can use Google’s chat service right through Microsoft’s beautiful new(ish) webmail page. Awesome.


Where Do You Chat?

Real-time chat has been everywhere for, you know, forever now and has swallowed everything in its path. Integrating chat platforms and finding a way to coherently deal with texting vs. chatting has become a major issue. Other than venting here in hallowed Gizmodo chatroom posts, how do you manage all the Google chat options, Facebook chat, Skype and everything else?


11 Online Chat Cliches We Should All Agree To Stop Using

One of the many unbearable things about the internet is how we use certain words and phrases until they are completely void of any meaning at all. And, because it’s the internet, the most insufferable trends stick around long after they’re welcome.


Report: Google's Unified Chat Hub Will Be Called Google Hangouts

Word on the street is that Google’s incoming unified messaging service has ditched its Babel moniker. According to a source talking to TechRadar it will hit our handsets simply called Google Hangouts, which already exists, so isn’t really new, then?