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As Google sunsets Hangouts, here’s how Chat, Voice and Fi will fare

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Google’s approach to messaging has a reputation for being confusing, and so the search behemoth is trying to make a little clearer what’s happening with Hangouts, Google Chat, and integration with other products. At the moment, Chat co-exists with Hangouts, with the latter also integrated with Google Fi and Google Voice, and you could also be using Chat within Gmail. … Continue reading

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UK to ban carriers from selling network-locked phones next year

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There was a time when it seemed that carrier-subsidized phones as going out of fashion. That hasn’t changed at all in the US where carriers still hold sway over people’s mobile purchases but the landscape has shifted slightly in Europe. People there still get their phones from their carrier of choice but regional regulations have taken steps against lock-ins that … Continue reading

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Microsoft Edge campaigns seem to be designed to make people hate it

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On a purely technical level isolated from all contexts, the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser may actually have a lot going for it. It is compatible with almost all websites, thanks to the same backend that Google Chrome itself uses, and Microsoft has added features that improve performance or offer users a lot of conveniences. Unfortunately, perception can do … Continue reading

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Facebook warns bad actors are using perception hacking to target public

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Facebook has announced that it purged three different networks that were engaging in coordinate authentic behavior, which Facebook refers to as CIB. Of those three networks, two were focused specifically on the US, which is only days away from its presidential election day. The third network targeted users located in Myanmar. Facebook has taken a number of steps over the … Continue reading

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