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Homer Simpson impersonator attacks fans' computers

Earlier this week, a Homer Simpson impersonator began instant messaging fans with a link to an "internet-only exclusive Simpsons episode." This -- like many things spawned in the dark corners of 'net -- turned out to be a PC virus. But how did this impostor gain Homer's identity? It turns out Mr. Simpson has a legitimate, real-world e-mail address: chunkylover53@aol.com, which appeared in the...

Meebone beta brings Meebo to your desktop

It may seem illogical to tie Meebo to a desktop app, but that's exactly what's going on here. Meebone uses Adobe AIR to bring Meebo's services to your desktop through a dedicated app, but it's still in beta. So if you're down to try it, keep in mind that you'll probably encounter some problems... just like we did. When attempting to login to AIM, Meebone was confused by a space in one of our...

Pidgin joins Adium, Digsby in supporting Facebook Chat

Pidgin doesn't officially support Facebook Chat (yet?), but it can be customized with useful add-ons like the new Facebook Chat plug-in. Once installed, the plug-in allows Pidgin to log-in to a Facebook account, pull the buddy-list, and send/receive messages. Adium, arguably Pidgin's counterpart on Mac, also received support for Facebook Chat in the recent 1.3 beta release, though, the feature is...

New status: get invisible on Google's Gmail Chat

There's a new feature in town for Gmail Chat, but it's actually not all that new. It's been possible for some time now to go into "invisible" mode via AIM and other chat protocols, but Gmail Chat is finally joining the invisible party. Going invisible through chat software enables IMers to log into their IM accounts without showing that they've logged on. It's still possible for others to IM you,...

Skype for the iPhone

A Skype client made especially for Apple's new iPhone has just been released. Om Malik has the news on this much anticipated release from SHAPEServices. SHAPEServices makes Instant Messaging applications for mobile devices, and now has built a Skype for iPhone website that allows iPhone users to visit and use Skype through Safari. The service is free for a limited time, upon which time users will...

Adium 1.1 for Mac Released

Adium, the multi-protocol, open source, Instant Message client for Mac OS X has today reached version 1.1. Whilst the team behind the project have been releasing regular updates to the client, this particular update is of note due to its much longer development period (according to the Adium blog, version 1.1 has been a year in the making). So what's new? Firstly there'sa dose of "tastier tabs"....

Pimp My iPhone: #3: Full instant messaging

On Friday, we wrote about the iPhoneChat application that allowed you to do AOL Instant Messaging from the iPhone. Today, however, we can go one better: AIM, Jabber (GTalk), MSN, Yahoo! and even ICQ for your iPhone. Meebo offers an IM-aggregation service via the web, however what's great about this apparently new service is that you don't need to be registered with Meebo to be able to sign in. You...

Facebook just got Pownce'd

The instant messaging application isn't even available to the public yet, and it's being integrated into social networks. It didn't take someone long to wrap up Pownce and integrate it into Facebook using the developers API, but its here and ready to use. Jake Jarvis didn't sweat it out too much when developing this add on, and now those Facebook users that have been lucky enough to score a Pownce...

Twitting by email with TwitterMail

If you're finding it way too difficult to use Twitter's online service to enter your updates to your contact list, and prefer something maybe a little easier, think about TwitterMail. Twittering is possible through IM, numerous desktop applications, and even SMS. But if you have the strong desire to be able to send updates to friends using another method, Boris has it, and it's TwitterMail. His...

Multi-user chat gets released on Google Talk Gadget

Google has been tooling around with the Talk Gadget lately, and has added in the ability to have multi user chats through a Group Chat feature. The process of chatting is simple. Select a user that you want to chat with, then click on the Group Chat button, this will allow you to connect to another user. Keep in mind, this option is only available in the Google Talk Gadget. So if the user is...

Read feeds in Google Talk with Anothr

Feed reading might be a little time intensive for some busy bodies. Open an application or web location, read, and repeat. How about making it a little easier? Anothr is trying its best to speed feed reading up. We covered them back in October with the release of their RSS aggregator for Skype, and now they enter the market with a reader for users of Google Talk and Jabber clients. To get Anothr...

Twitter with Google Talk

Twitter, built by Obvious Corp., is a great way to constantly update people on what you are doing, think simplified blog. Short messages (under 140 characters) are posted by IM or web interface. One cool thing about Twitter, is that you can update your Twitter feed using your Google Talk account. Simply add twitter@twitter.com to your contact list in Google Talk, and send it a short message....

Have you been IMified?

IMified has a lot of things that can help you stay productive. The IM service launched this week and does to-dos, reminders, and lets you use web applications without launching a browser. The IMified application works with AIM, Yahoo!, MSN, and Google Talk/Jabber. It not only runs on your desktop, but it will also run on supporting mobile devices. The tool lets you schedule appointments, reminders...

What's new in Windows Live Messenger for Vista

With the recent release of Vista comes new versions of Microsoft's programs, one of those being Windows Live Messenger. There are a few handy changes introduced in this new version, which might get your download finger itching to click the "Get it free" button. The changes include new looks for emoticons, contact and display images. Add a mobile number of a buddy by clicking on a cell phone icon...

Nibuzz talk beta release launches

Nimbuzz has officially launched their Nimbuzz Talk beta. We originally covered the news of this back in August. Nimbuzz is a utility for your mobile phone that lets you send free text messages to contacts. The new beta brings users the ability to call their IM buddies from their mobile phone and be charged for a local rate call, no matter where they are located and as long as both parties have the...