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BlackBerry’s BBM Chat Software to Come Preloaded on Some LG Phones

Struggling phone maker BlackBerry said on Wednesday that its BBM instant messaging software will soon come preloaded on a phone from Korea’s LG Electronics. BlackBerry, which recently made BBM freely available for iOS and Android, said that the software will also come preinstalled on the LG G Pro Lite phone in various markets around the world.

Russia’s Mail.ru Hopes to Crack U.S. Market With Mobile Chat and Email Programs

Sure it is a crowded market. But, says Mail.ru CEO Dmitry Grishin: “We can learn a lot and compete with the best companies.”
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Quip Is Great for Collaborating, but Still a Word-Processing Work in Progress

Quip is a new cloud-based word-processing app for the mobile age. Can it replace more mature products?
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New Hangouts App Conflicts With Google Voice Feature; Fix Coming

Tough luck for Google Voice loyalists, as the new Hangouts messaging product denigrates a key function of Voice. Change is coming, but it could be a while.
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With Revamped Hangouts, Google Aims to Unify Messaging

Google’s new take on messaging is finally here.
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Facebook Engineering Director Josh Wiseman Departs for EIR Gig

Wiseman played a key role in launching some of Facebook’s pivotal products over the past six years.
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Former MySpace and NFL Digital Exec Jeff Berman Tapped as President of Hollywood’s BermanBraun

Is content poised to take off online?
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Samsung’s Chat Service Faces Uphill Battle

Samsung Electronics Co. released an upgraded version of its proprietary chat platform for mobile devices this week, but the company has a long way to go before it can increase its presence in the smartphone applications market.

TelyHD Adds AirPlay, Remote Control App

TelyHD, a device that enables video chat on your TV, is morphing into a multipurpose gadget.
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Exclusive: Apple iPad 2 Event Set for March 2