Instant Messaging

Recent instant messaging news and analysis from knowledgeable experts.

Google acquires Emu texting and virtual assistant app

The app, created by a former VP of Apple's Siri team, adds scheduling and location functionality to text messaging

Facebook to require Messenger app for mobile chat

Users will no longer be able to send messages from Facebook's main mobile app


Encrypted instant messaging project seeks to obscure metadata

Invisible.im aims to allow people to have online chats but leave little digital forensic evidence

New iOS app secures IM with 'post quantum' encryption

PQChat is intended as a secure alternative to WhatsApp

John McAfee promotes 'private' messaging app

The new Chadder app promises secure messaging, but it isn't ready for primetime

BBM coming to Windows Phone, Nokia X

The BlackBerry mobile messaging service will be available on the phones this summer

Facebook and WhatsApp: Another blow to user freedom

By acquiring half a billion new users, Facebook significantly increases centralization when we need more federation

Microsoft pushes ahead with Skype-Lync integration

The company will demonstrate video conference compatibility between the two products at this week's Lync Conference

Rakuten to buy instant messaging app Viber for $900 million

Viber is e-commerce giant Rakuten's latest acquisition in its aim to be the world's No. 1 Internet services company

Snapchat, Bitly, and Kik Messenger targeted by spammers

Bitly is working with Symantec to clean up malicious links, the result of API keys left visible on the Web

BitTorrent develops secure, decentralized chat program using public-key crypto

The program will use the BitTorrent DHT peer-finding protocol to locate contacts without a central server

Encrypted text messages may be on the way to some Android phones

CyanogenMod wants to roll out a encrypted text-message feature for Android phones to ensure that no one's peeking at conversations

Can we talk? The sorry state of modern messaging

Despite iMessages, Google Talk, texts, Facebook, Viber, Skype, and even email, it's harder to communicate than ever

Startup's cloud service beats NSA-style snooping

Perzo's free communications and collaboration system comes with 2,048-bit encryption

BBM: The Messenger is already dead

Hitting 10 million downloads sounds like a success, but BlackBerry's basic messaging app won't keep those users

BlackBerry sees 10 million BBM downloads in 24 hours

The instant messaging software proves a quick hit with Android and iOS users

Apple's claim of unbreakable iMessage encryption 'basically lies'

A famed iPhone jailbreak software developer says Apple could easily decrypt iMessages, despite the company's claims

NSA collects address books to map human relationships

The agency collects about a half million buddy lists and email inboxes in a typical day, the Washington Post reports

Google Talk bug sent IMs to wrong recipients

It's the second major glitch to affect Google Web apps this week

BlackBerry Messenger for Android and iPhone will not roll out this week

The company is trying to block an unreleased version of the Android app that has been downloaded by over 1 million active users

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