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Posted By Vangie Beal

In this era of constant innovations, service providers have to stay diligent and provide better features to their users as and when required. It is for this reason that most proactive companies are coming forward with some of the latest updates every day. If you are a gadget lover and are keen to know what the latest in the tech world is, then you will find this article quite resourceful.

Updated Google talk features

Yes, your voices have been heard! Google talk users had requested some features, and now, they would soon be able to access those. These include a new music feature and an update to send and receive free voicemails by the users in the U.S.

Good news for entrepreneurs

If you are looking for new ways to digitally market your product, then the latest extension of meebo.com can be your best pal. Now, it will be possible to integrate Meebo to any website and view the traffic on your page. You can even talk to the visitors and market your products better.
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Sun Adds Jabber Protocol to IM

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Sun Adds Jabber Protocol to IM

Posted By IMP Staff

Sun Microsystems announced its position in the instant messaging (IM) protocol debate with its inclusion of the Jabber protocol in the latest version of the Java System Instant Messaging application.

Officials at the Santa Clara, Calif., software company said version 7 of the IM platform now supports the extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) (define) , often called the Jabber protocol because of its association with the open source instant messaging client.

Some heavyweight software developers, notably IBM and Microsoft , have come down in support for a competing specification called the Session Initiation Protocol for Instant Messaging and Presence Leveraging Extensions (SIMPLE) (define) .

Marcel Nienhuis, market analyst at the Radicati Group, said Sun’s backing of the XMPP specification makes sense and evens out the playing field between the two competing protocols, where SIMPLE is seen to have more corporate backing. Sun’s decision to support XMPP, he said, also falls in line with the company’s position as stewards of the Java platform.
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Instant Messaging’s ‘Big Three’ Agree to Interoperate

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Instant Messaging’s ‘Big Three’ Agree to Interoperate

Posted By IMP Staff

After years of mutually beneficial barriers between their respective networks, instant messaging’s “Big Three” will finally interoperate, at least between enterprise users. An agreement between Yahoo, AOL, and Microsoft is aimed at IM customers looking for a way to provide chat between employees on different networks.

Microsoft announced early today that users of Microsoft’s Office Live Communications Server (LCS) 2005 will be able to connect with AOL, MSN and Yahoo networks, providing the capability to share presence and, eventually, directory information between the three for enterprise users. The announcement comes less than a month after both AOL and Yahoo announced significant scale backs in their business presences and largely explains the value Yahoo saw in changing its IM protocols to block third-party clients. The deal is driven, according to some published reports, by Microsoft sharing revenue from the additional licensing fees it will collect for the capability to interoperate with the other two companies.
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IETF OKs ‘XMPP-Core’

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IETF OKs ‘XMPP-Core’

Posted By IMP Staff

The IETF, accepted Jabber Software Foundation’s new proposed instant messaging framework on Thursday, known as “XMPP-Core” Protocol. Officially a proposed standard, the XMMP will allow both users and applications to transmit and receive XML documents with “added security and internalization features.” This is considered a great success for Jabber Software Foundation, or JSF, who utilized a peer-review system similar to that of the IETF itself to quicken their approval process.

While the XMPP-Core does lay a new foundation for XML data transmission, the protocol is still long ways away from becoming the standard. However, there is a second protocol, known as XMPP-IM, which is under review and could add functionality to standard messaging for XMPP. Peter Saint Andre, the executive director of the JSF, stated “The document defines some extensions to the core streaming protocols … that’s expected of a basic instant messaging and presence system.”
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New Research From IETF Is About To Change Your Life

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New Research From IETF Is About To Change Your Life

Posted By Christopher Saunders

The IETF, or the Internet Engineering Task Force, has recently made a breakthrough in their research on geographic linking. Now, the first question that you may ask is, “How will ‘geographic linking’ apply to my everyday life?”. However, let’s start with what exactly geographic linking is, and the research being done about it to keep you, and the people in your life safe.

What is geographic linking?
Geographic linking is a process in which a geographic location is linked, or paired with information that is available for that particular area. The primary concern with visually improving images of the area and the information that is available through geographic linking is if the people who reside in these areas are having their privacy maintained. Which is exactly what the IETF is being wary of while they are improving the optic representations of the geographic areas. To be more specific, the group who is doing the research, and is making sure that the security of everyone is maintained is known as, GEOPRIV.
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2003’s Top Trends in IM

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2003’s Top Trends in IM

Posted By Christopher Saunders

Pundits will probably look back on 2003 — at best — as a year of very conservative growth for the instant messaging industry.

But those in the trenches this year deserve a good deal of congratulations. Despite long sales cycles and continued strain on IT budgets, the space experienced some of its largest product launches to date, a number of important alliances among stakeholders, and several key venture capital investments.

A number of key deployments also debuted, in industries ranging from financial services to entertainment, reflecting customers’ response to the gospel long preached by vendors of enterprise IM solutions — describing the benefits of real-time communications and presence awareness associated with the technology.

As 2003 draws to a close, then, InstantMessagingPlanet.com looks back at some of the major trends that dominated the headlines during the year — and which will be sure to pave the way for developments in 2004.
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Yahoo! Blocks Third-Party IM

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Yahoo! Blocks Third-Party IM

Posted By Christopher Saunders

Eventually, cooperation and well-meaning openness can cost a company. After a long time of allowing third party IM systems to integrate with its IM software, Yahoo is closing the door on third-party IM systems within its network, while at the same time, considering a Trillian-style clone.

Yahoo is mirroring a move by Microsoft to block unauthorized IM clients from using its .NET messenger network. Yahoo has announced that unauthorized clients will no longer have access after Sept. 24th.

The means for closing out the unauthorized users is a mandatory upgrade issued by the web company. Users must install the update before September 24th, or be termed out of the IM system. The company said that most users have already upgraded and that the older legacy versions were the ones being used by unauthorized users.
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Apple Takes a Bite Out of Video IM

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Apple Takes a Bite Out of Video IM

Posted By IMP Staff

Apple was looking to improve on their audio and video by upgrading their iChat client, that is compatible to the AOL instant messaging.

The previous day Apple had released an improved version of the IM client, which included audio and video capabilities that were above the IM networks.Those features were included in instant messaging based on ZeroConf, which was in iChat since it was initially released.The new release was available as a preview that was limited by time and was scheduled to be shipped with OSX10.3″panther.

Connections were by plugging a Firewire video camera so that signaling to others was possible through the iChat buddy list, their form of chatting.It was a requirement that for the conversation to take place, a 56k modem was needed for audio and for video a broadband connection was needed.

Steve Jobs, then the Chief Executive for Apple had pointed out that his aim was to enable other people to experience video conferencing. Also, he said that he hoped to strengthen video chatting by linking it into instant messaging.Again he said that this platform would be most useful at work, in education, and even when communicating with family and friends.
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IMPlanet’s Linux IM Client Bonanza

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IMPlanet’s Linux IM Client Bonanza

Posted By Christopher Saunders

In spite of the hard-core technical and Internet-centric ethos typically associated with the Linux community, the open-source OS isn’t known for having particularly good instant messaging clients.

That could be changing, however. As Linux is steadily winning favor in the workplace, a crowd of up-and-coming third-party IM clients are growing in popularity — some of which sport features that users of other OSes ought to envy.

Here, then, is a rundown of the most popular IM clients for Linux. Most of these applications are for Gnome or KDE, and typically are supported by the most common Linux distributions.

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AOL Asks FCC to OK Video IM

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AOL Asks FCC to OK Video IM

Posted By Christopher Saunders

America Online has asked the Federal Communications Commission to drop a two-year-old restriction on the media conglomerate’s development of broadband-based video instant messaging and other advanced services.

While signing off on the America Online-Time Warner merger in 2001, the FCC had decided that the combined company could hurt competition by using its vast market share in the proprietary IM space to catapult itself to a monopolistic position in advanced, high-speed, IM-based services — such as videoconferencing.

But on Wednesday, America Online submitted a petition to the FCC asking that it be excused from the restriction on the basis of “materially changed circumstances” since the commission’s January 2001 ruling.
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