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Apple's FaceTime is end-to-end encrypted. Google Hangouts... isn't

Lack of end-to-end-encryption means that conversations on Hangouts, if subject to a legal order, can be wiretapped or otherwise surveilled.

Google hadn't disclosed this information until a recent Reddit AMA (ask me anything) and a Vice follow-up that resulted. It's not clear whether Google has been asked to provide access to Hangouts, but the potential is there.

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EU court rules that Skype's name is too similar to Sky network to claim a trademark

A European Union court has ruled that the name of Microsoft's Skype VoIP service cannot claim a trademark in the EU. The court ruled that the name was too similar to the Sky broadcast network.

Sky first filed a trademark dispute with Skype before it was acquired by Microsoft in 2011.

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Skype for iPhone brings messaging to your wrist with Apple Watch support

Microsoft has updated its Skype app for iOS today, bringing along support for the Apple Watch just in time for launch day.

With today's update, Skype users will be able to carry their conversations over to the Apple Watch by responding with speech to text, emoticons, or canned responses.

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Microsoft rolling out beta invites for Skype on the web

Microsoft is providing yet another way to keep in contact with friends and family by releasing invites for the "Skype for Web" beta.

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Skype for Mac scores support for 14 new languages in latest update

Skype for Mac has scored an update today, bringing it up to version 7.5. While today's update doesn't bring any big new features or design changes, it does add support for 14 new languages including Greek, Slovak, and Vietnamese.

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Skype for iPhone update makes saving numbers and placing calls even faster

Microsoft is rolling out an update for its iPhone version of Skype today that will offer users some improvements to its dialer. The 5.10 version will also enable users to launch Skype calls and chats from other mobile apps or mobile websites.

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Microsoft to release Skype update for iPhone, announces pre-release testing program

Microsoft has announced a new version of Skype for the iPhone, which will arrive later today. Version 5.9 will introduce a couple of new features. The company also revealed a new program that will allow iOS users to test pre-release versions of the VoIP client before they are released to the public.

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Skype users in India can now call mobiles and landlines in the US and Canada for free

Microsoft is rolling out an offer for Skype users in India through which they can call mobiles and landlines in the US and Canada for free until March 1, 2015. All that's required is a free Skype account and an Internet connection.

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Microsoft launches beta version of Skype for Web

Microsoft has unveiled Skype for Web, a browser-based version of the VOIP service. Currently in beta, Skype for Web functions just like its native desktop counterpart, with voice and video calling and text messaging. The beta is available for Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox on Windows, and Safari 6.0 or later on OS X.

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Latest Skype for iPhone update adds new photo features and more

Microsoft has announced a new version of Skype for the iPhone that adds a number of new features and improvements, including a way to save or delete photos in its chat UI.

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