Google is seeking to block Microsoft's new YouTube app for Windows Phone 8 because it blocks ads and allows downloading of videos from YouTube's site, in violation of its terms of service.
Redmond is killing off its Live Messenger client in favor of Skype, but the underlying Messenger service will continue to run, at least until next year.
Deep packet inspection standard adopted despite Germany's warning that it will "empower" censorship. Other uses: detecting BitTorrent transfers and identifying "copyright protected audio content."
The U.S., Canada, and European allies are squaring off against Russia and China at a U.N. Internet summit. At stake: the future of how the Internet will be run.
Tor's "obfsproxy" technology would make encrypted data look innocuous and let it dodge government censors. That could help citizens in Iran reach blocked sites as antigovernment protests reportedly loom.
Any programmer now can build software to tap into Windows Live Messenger's network. Perhaps in time IM will become less fragmented and more useful.
Facebook has unveiled a new messaging system that pulls together email, IM and text messages. Did somebody say Google Wave?
Message volume shouldn't be a problem for services like Twitter. RabbitMQ and XMPP might help to explain the solution.
Sign-ups are open to join Trillian's beta for the Android version of its multinetwork chat application. The IM-maker also releases an update for the iPhone 4.
Facebook has announced that Facebook Chat will support AIM as well as XMPP or Jabber support, which means that any one will be able to use almost any IM client.