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Chatty Spammers Hijacking Facebook Accounts

If you spend a lot of your time chatting with your friends on Facebook, you'd better be on the lookout for a gang of spammers that appears to be hijacking accounts and spreading its stupid little surveys via instant messages. All Facebook's Jackie Cohen recently received one of these spammy chats from a friend who wasn't even online at the time, inviting her to click on a link to receive a "fre...

Harrisburg University Bans Social Networking for Week-Long Experiment

The only blackouts most college students experience typically involve homemade absinthe and late night stomach pumps. This week, however, students at one university in Pennsylvania will have to endure an entirely different -- and perhaps more terrifying -- brand of blackout: a digital one. As of today, access to all social networking sites and instant messaging programs will be blocked across H...

Windows Live Messenger Gets Social with Facebook and Twitter

A lot has happened since Windows first launched its Live Messenger instant messaging service 14 years ago. Social networking has expanded digital communication beyond simple text, and smartphone technology has expanded it beyond the computer. In response, then, Windows has decided to revamp Live Messenger in the hopes of bringing it up to speed with a rapidly changing landscape. Windows outlin...

Meebo Finally Launches Free iPhone Instant Messaging App

Meebo has been a favorite amongst cloud computing purists for some time. It's a Web-based, multi-protocol instant messaging client that works across more networks than one person could possibly remember. Mobile IM addicts have been eagerly anticipating the service's official iPhone app, which will finally offer an alternative to high-priced options from Beejive and IM+ ($6.99 and $4.99, respectiv...

AIM Adds Facebook Chat and Twitter to its Service

AOL, our parent company, has released a beta version of its once dominant AIM instant messaging program. While AIM has been toppled as the most popular IM service by both Yahoo! and Windows Live, it's aiming (get it?) to lure new users by integrating Facebook chat. Now, in addition to compiling updates from Facebook, Twitter, and other social services in your "Lifestream," AIM will allow you t...

Virtual Internships Offer Real Work Without the Cubicles

During tough economic times, businesses want to tighten belts, and prospective employees clamor for any position, even if it's unpaid. Combine that with the ease of communication afforded by the Internet, and a whole new niche in the job market emerges: virtual internships. According to CNN, businesses, particularly small ones, are tapping into new pools of employees around the world by hiring...

Microsoft Disables Cuba's IM Privileges

Alongside the United States' sanctions on Cuba, which include restricted travel and trade, Microsoft has added a technological blockade against the country, CBS News reports. The software giant's Messenger has been available on the island for about a decade without interference, but that all reportedly changed late last year with the most recent Windows Live Messenger Update. News of the change...

U Talking 2Me? Famous Movie Scenes Reimagined on iChat

The Internet, besides providing access to an unlimited supply of information on all aspects of life, also allows creative, or bored, people with time on their hands to make parodies of pop culture. Sites like YouTube and FunnyorDie host multitudes of videos and voice-overs satirizing movies, and iChat is now following suit. The Geek Pad located some famous movie dialogues that have been transc...

Digsby Merges IM with Social Networks

Digsby What it does: Digsby is a multi-protocol chat client that connects you with friends on various instant-messaging networks, including Yahoo!, AIM, and Google Talk. What we like about it: In addition to supporting nearly every instant-messaging platform on earth (including Facebook Chat), Digsby can also check your e-mail and pull in updates and messages from Facebook, MySpace, and T...

Instant Messaging Improves Workplace Productivity, Study Shows

The glut of recent incidents involving employees jeopardizing their jobs due to social networking mishaps may be enough to convince people to keep their online social activities separate from their work activities. Recent research, though, suggests that workers may be better served if they use social networking and instant messaging to remain in close contact with one another. Researchers from...

Omegle.com Lets You Anonymously Mess With Complete Strangers

What are you to do if you like social networking and interacting with people digitally, but don't actually like your friends? Or don't even want to know your conversation partner's identity? Well, 18-year-old Leif K-Brooks decided he was tired of talking to the people he knew in Brattleboro, Vermont, so he created Omegle. The site lets you anonymously chat with a complete stranger one-on-one. ...

New Jersey Man Saves Suicidal Online Friend

The suicide attempt of an 18-year-old California boy was thwarted when his online friend (who was chatting with him via webcam) called police. Jesse Coltrane, a 22-year old New Jersey resident, called police when the teen he was chatting with cut his forearm with a razor. According to Coltrane, the disturbed teen said, "I need someone to talk to You're the only one I feel as though I can talk to...

Obama Aides Not Happy About Giving Up IM -- :(

Barack Obama's aides learned Friday they'll have to give up one of their favorite means of communicating with each other, the media, and the outside world: the near-ubiquitous instant message. The new White House lawyers say any communication involving government business that is sent via instant message will become a part of the official record and therefore subject to The Presidential Record...

Thnx 4 Ur Time, I Can't W8 2 Work 4 U :)

If you have ever sent a thank you note to an interviewer that read anything like the above headline, you probably didn't get the job. Increasingly, candidates are sending off casual thank you e-mails and even text messages -- unfortunately, we're not joking -- that incorporate IM shorthand and emoticons. The problem is that many younger job-hunters don't realize this may be costing them that dre...

City Revokes Employee Texting Plans

Most cell phone carriers have plans that allow for unlimited e-mail and instant messaging, but text messages typically still cost users on a per message basis. This charge has caught up with the city employees of Troy, N.Y., in a big way, with costs peaking at more than $1,000 in recent months. The result? Troy city officials have revoked the text messaging privileges of employees. Deputy mayo...