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Google’s Babel Now Called Hangouts, Launching at I/O

Google has allegedly settled on the name “Hangouts” for its unified messaging service expected at next week’s I/O event. According to a source …

Apple Reportedly Preparing Major Changes to AppleCare

Apple is said to be changing the way its popular AppleCare service works that could make it even more useful to its customers.<p>According to an …

Foursquare Rethinks iPhone App To Focus On Search, Discovery

Foursquare’s search engine gets more screen real estate in the newest release of the app, signaling how important discovery is becoming to the company.<p>Foursquare, the location-based service, has significantly evolved since exploding in popularity at SXSW years ago. Only last month, cofounder and …

Foursquare’s Upcoming iOS Release Is A Pivotal Moment For The Company, As In It’s “Now Or Never”

We all know the Foursquare story quite well: The app launched at SXSW four years ago, and a fair amount of people have been using it to check-in ever since. The company is releasing a new version of its flagship iOS app, which will put those 3.5 billion check-ins in the forefront with search and …

Twitter Announces “Twttr” — Will Start Charging $5 A Month If You Want To Tweet Using Vowels

Vowels aren’t really necessary in today’s digital age, are they? Twitter doesn’t think so, as it announced a new “two-tiered” service including its free model called “Twttr.” You can only tweet without vowels though. Want the vowels back? Pony up $5 a month. Seems like a pretty sweet deal to …

Google and Microsoft trade insults for April Fools

April Fools' Day provides the springboard for companies to make some unbelievable announcements, but for Google and Microsoft, it serves as the perfect time to poke fun at eachothers' shortcomings. With Gmail Blue, Google is teasing Redmond over a product that doesn't officially exist yet, while …

Nuance launches ‘Voice Ads’ platform to bring a Siri-like experience to mobile advertising

If Nuance gets its way with the just announced ‘Voice Ads’ mobile advertising platform, soon every mobile ad could include Siri-like functionality that lets you communicate with and ask questions about the product being advertised.<p>Nuance, the company behind the voice recognition module now used in …

Google April Fools 2013 joke roundup: Gmail Blue, Google Nose and more

The Google April Fools’ 2013 list of jokes seems the most comprehensive one so far, and it looks like Googlers have gone out of their way to make this April Fools’ Day the funniest one possible. Here’s what Google did for April Fools Day this year.<p>YouTube shutting down<p>One of the first jokes was the …

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YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley announces MixBit video collaboration site

YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley is gearing up to launch a new video site, MixBit. On Twitter today, Hurley announced while poking fun at a Google April Fools' joke, saying "since YouTube is ending, we're launching a new video site." The tweet ends with a link to the new site and its Twitter …