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Beeper puts 15 different chat protocols into one app (even brings iMessage to Android… kind of)

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got seven different chat or instant messaging apps on my phone because some people I communicate with regularly use WhatsApp, others use SMS, Discord, Hangouts, and so on. A new app called Beeper is designed to let me (and you) delete some or all of those apps and […]

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WhatsApp mobile messenger launches desktop clients (Windows and OS X)

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is one of the world’s most popular instant messaging service. It may not be hugely popular in the US, but it’s replaced SMS as the preferred method of text-based, phone-to-phone communication for nearly a billion users. But now you don’t need to unlock your phone to use WhatsApp. There’s been a web interface […]

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With nearly a billion users, WhatsApp ends subscription fees, seeks new revenue models

Mobile messaging service WhatsApp has about 990 million users. That’s more than twice the number the company had when Facebook acquired the business two years ago. You’d think it would be easy to make money with an app with that kind of user base, but WhatsApp has focused on expansion more than monetization. Now the company […]

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Meebo shuts down on July 11th, here are some alternatives

Google acquired Meebo recently to beef up its social offerings, and while we’ll probably start to see some of Meebo’s features show up in Google products eventually, existing Meebo users are in for some big changes. On July 11th, 2012 Meebo is shutting down: Meebo Messenger: A web-based chat client for AIM, Google Talk, Windows […]