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  • Vodafone buys unified communication consultant Bluefish

    Vodafone's Global Enterprise is strengthening its professional services arm by acquiring British consultant Bluefish Communications, which will form the basis of a new unified communication and collaboration practice, the operator said on Thursday.

    Written by Mikael Ricknäs01 Dec. 11 22:57
  • AOL revamps AIM with Facebook, Google chat apps

    AIM, AOL's seminal instant messenger app, just received a preview update to pull it out of obscurity and compete with other more popular chat apps like Facebook Chat, Google Talk, Skype and a slew of others that aggregate disparate clients and boast features like video and picture-sharing.

    Written by Brennon Slattery18 Nov. 11 04:32
  • RIM faces possible class action suit over BlackBerry outages

    Research In Motion faces a possible class action lawsuit over recent outages in its BlackBerry services earlier this month, and a trademark infringement complaint for its use of the BBX name for its upcoming platform for its tablets and smartphones.

    Written by John Ribeiro27 Oct. 11 15:13
  • Lync not enterprise-ready, claims Microsoft ISV-turned-rival

    A gap between what Microsoft promises with Lync's telephony and what it delivers makes Lync a poor choice as an IP PBX replacement for large organizations, according to a former Microsoft "Most Valuable Professional" who now works for Avaya. A current Microsoft MVP also says that Lync in its current form is a mediocre choice for a large enterprise, but that it works well for the SMB and is really geared toward smaller businesses anyway.

    Written by Julie Bort21 Sept. 11 05:45
  • MSN China to integrate services with China's Renren

    Microsoft is integrating its MSN platform with China's social networking site Renren in a move that could help it reach more of the country's Internet users.

    Written by Michael Kan25 Aug. 11 12:58
  • Skype buys GroupMe to take on Google+ huddles

    Skype announced that it is acquiring GroupMe for an undisclosed sum. Acquiring the young mobile group messaging service expands Skype's arsenal of communication tools and gives Skype (and by extension Microsoft once the purchase of Skype is complete) tools to compete with the Huddle feature of the Google+ mobile app.

    Written by Tony Bradley24 Aug. 11 00:21
  • 4 reasons to use GroupMe for work

    Skype, which Microsoft bought in May, said Monday it will buy the group messaging service GroupMe. GroupMe, created last year at the Techcrunch Disrupt Hackathon, went for a rumored $85 million, according to AllthingsD. For now, GroupMe will remain a standalone application, according to the company, but expect changes.

    Written by Ilie Mitaru24 Aug. 11 05:17
  • Skype acquiring startup GroupMe for group text messaging

    Internet calling company Skype said Sunday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire GroupMe, a startup that offers a free group text messaging and conference call service on mobile phones.

    Written by John Ribeiro22 Aug. 11 13:46
  • Twitter and TweetDeck: What it means for businesses

    Twitter is finally acquiring the third-party Tweet organizer TweetDeck, for the neat (rumored) sum of $40 million. But what does this mean for small businesses that use Twitter?

    Written by Sarah Jacobsson Purewal26 May 11 03:14
  • China’s Sina benefits from surge in microblogging

    One of China’s largest microblogs reported Thursday that it added 40 million registered users in just two months, reflecting a surge in interest in Twitter-like microblog services in the country.

    Written by Michael Kan12 May 11 15:09
  • Chinese top microblog hits over 90 million active users

    A Twitter-like service operated by one of China's largest Internet firms now has over 90 million active users on a monthly basis, and is positioning itself as one of the world's largest microblogging platforms.

    Written by Michael Kan12 May 11 00:56
  • Mozilla brings Thunderbird back in-house

    Signaling a shift in its approach to online communication, Mozilla on Monday announced that it is bringing its Messaging subsidiary back within the fold of the main organization, where it will be absorbed into its Mozilla Labs group instead.

    Written by Katherine Noyes06 April 11 05:01
  • Google Docs gets Wave-like chat features

    Remember Google Wave, the innovative although sadly unloved e-mail and chat hybrid that was retired last year? Well, it sounds like Google couldn't stand to turn it out into the cold, and several of its features have made their way into Google Docs.

    Written by Keir Thomas17 March 11 05:59