microsoft
Microsoft May Have Bought WhatsApp, But Not for $19bn, Says Gates

Facebook's astonishing big-money buy of WhatsApp seems to have won the admiration of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who admitted he sees the deal as being a solid one for Facebook, also suggesting that: "Microsoft would have been willing to buy it, too." Read More >>

facebook
BBC Typo Nightmare Described WhatsApp as a "Massaging Service"

Some poor late-night content generator for the BBC had a rather bad evening late yesterday, managing to describe WhatsApp as a massage service in a headline about the Facebook purchase. Sadly, Facebook hasn't pivoted into the sports injury or grim sauna sex business. If it had, we wouldn't mind it having our personal data so much. [Huffington Post] Read More >>

networks
Text Messaging Fell Last Year as Modern Ways of Exchanging Words Exploded

The rise of Wi-Fi and 3G data messaging services like WhatsApp, Snapchat and Google badgering everyone into using Hangouts has contributed to a fall in UK text messaging, with 2013 seeing UK text numbers drop for the first time since the SMS system arrived. Read More >>

booze
Scientists Send Text Messages Using Puffs of Vodka

Someday, if you're out on the town and spot someone you fancy at the end of the bar, you might be able to pass along your digits using the drink in your hand. Because researchers at Toronto's York University have created a simple system that's able to encode data, like a text message, into puffs of evaporated vodka. Read More >>

instagram
Self-Love Portal Instagram May be Launching Direct Messaging Tools

It'll soon be much easier to make contact with those people you occasionally stalk on Instagram, thanks to a rumour that suggests the sandwich and sunset photography portal is about to bring direct messaging to its 200 million aggressively confident users. Read More >>

blackberry
Second Time Lucky? BBM for iOS and Android Sheepishly Steps Out Once More

If you haven't already given up on the prospect of BBM for your iPhone or Android device, BlackBerry is today once again pushing their now-cross-platform messaging app to the respective Apple and Google stores. Read More >>

apps
Top 10 Messaging Apps for the GALAXY S4

It’s hard to believe that, until pretty recently in the long run of human history, the telephone wasn’t a part of everyday life. Those of a certain age will even remember the days when the quickest way to reach a loved one was to send a letter, hope that it reached its destination and then wait, patiently for days (or weeks) on end for a possible response. Read More >>

blackberry
Placeholder BlackBerry Page for iOS and Android BBM Apps Hints at Imminent Launch

BlackBerry's web people made a bit of a faux pas last night, accidentally making a page advertising its cross-platform BBM apps live before time. They pulled it, but it lives on in the form of incriminating screen captures. Read More >>

apps
You Can Now Send Voice Messages With WhatsApp

The ever-growing instant phone-messaging juggernaut that is WhatsApp, has just smashed another nail into the coffins of network phone plans. You can now send unlimited-length voice messages to each other just like a digital walkie-talkie. It looks pretty slick too. Read More >>

chatroom
Have You Been Charged For Using WhatsApp Yet?

WhatsApp on the iPhone has finally gone free and has switched to a yearly charge of 69p for the privilege of messaging your million friends. It supposedly brings the iPhone app in line with the Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone apps, but have you actually ever been charged for using WhatsApp past buying the app in the first place? Read More >>

apps
A Pirate Bay Co-Founder Is Planning a Totally Encrypted Messaging App

Peter Sunde, co-founder of The Pirate Bay, is planning to create an encrypted messaging app that's so secure that even its creators won't be able to read the messages that get sent. Read More >>

blackberry
BBM Will Hit Android and iOS on June 27th, Apparently

Looks like BlackBerry's only useful thing left in its armoury, BBM, is finally going cross-platform on June 27th, at least according to T-Mobile. We'll see if people adopt it given it only works on phones and Google's already launched Hangouts. [Twitter] Read More >>

blackberry
BlackBerry Is Bringing BBM to iOS and Android This Summer

Today, at the BlackBerry Live Keynote, the company announced that it will be launching BBM on iOS and Android this Summer. This is a big move for the company that has found itself increasingly trapped in a prison of its own making. Read More >>

chatroom
Where Do You Chat?

Real-time chat has been everywhere for, you know, forever now and has swallowed everything in its path. Integrating chat platforms and finding a way to coherently deal with texting vs. chatting has become a major issue. Other than venting here in hallowed Gizmodo chatroom posts, how do you manage all the Google chat options, Facebook chat, Skype and everything else? Chit chat below. Read More >>

smartphones
The Next Big Feature in Phones Is Universal Chat

Ironically, through all the Foursquares and Ubers and even Google Nows, the one area where our phones haven’t really improved all that much recently is as pure communication devices. Oh, we’ve got some of the standby services on there, like Google Talk, or Skype, and even some genuine breakthroughs, like GroupMe. But no one’s really nailed it. There is no one phone you can unbox, activate, and immediately log in and message with every contact you’ve ever had, right through the first party software, and access it from anywhere — your computer, the web, your phone, your tablet. But that’s where we’re going next. Read More >>

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Is WhatsApp Looking at Adding Voice Messaging?

Here's an interesting tidbit. 9to5Mac got hold of a supposed leaked email from WhatsApp sent to a developer in Hong Kong asking for the Chinese translation of "push-to-talk". Is WhatsApp going to add walkie-talkie-like voice blips soon? Read More >>

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