IMO killing support for third party instant messaging networks

IMO announced this week that they have decided to focus on their own messaging protocol. As a result, they would stop supporting third party instant messaging networks.

Basically, you would no longer be able to use their apps to connect to Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, Skype and other platforms.

The company said:

To provide the best and most reliable service for our users, we need to focus on the areas we feel we can make the biggest impact. We are now going to concentrate on building out our own communications platform to help people easily connect in their everyday lives. Our goal is to create the fastest and most reliable messaging, voice and video call service in the world.

They are giving their users a week to download their chat histories from third party networks.

Here is the mailer:

Pidgin 2.10.0 released

Pidgin 2.10.0 released

Developers behind the popular instant messaging app Pidgin have released a new updated version.

The latest Pidgin edition is version 2.10.0.

Changelog:

Pidgin:
Make the max size of incoming smileys a pref instead of hardcoding it. (Quentin Brandon) (#5231)
Added a plugin information dialog to show information for plugins that aren’t otherwise visible in the plugins dialog.
Fix building with GTK+ earlier than 2.14.0 (GTK+ 2.10 is still the minimum supported) (#14261)
libpurple:
Fix a potential crash in the Log Reader plugin when reading QIP logs.
Fix a large number of strcpy() and strcat() invocations to use strlcpy() and strlcat(), etc., forestalling an entire class of string buffer overrun bugs. (The Electronic Frontier Foundation, Dan Auerbach, Chris Palmer, Jacob Appelbaum)
Change some filename manipulations in filectl.c to use MAXPATHLEN instead of arbitrary length constants. (The Electronic Frontier Foundation, Dan Auerbach, Chris Palmer, Jacob Appelbaum)
Fix endianness-related crash in NTLM authentication (Jon Goldberg) (#14163)
Gadu-Gadu:
Fixed searching for buddies in public directory. (Tomasz Wasilczyk) (#5242)
Better status message handling. (Tomasz Wasilczyk) (#14314)
Merged two buddy blocking methods. (Tomasz Wasilczyk) (#5303)
Fix building of the bundled libgadu library with older versions of GnuTLS. (patch plucked from upstream) (#14365)
ICQ:
Fix crash selecting Tools->Set Mood when you’re online with an ICQ account that is configured as an AIM account. (#14437)
IRC:
Fix a crash when remote users have certain characters in their nicknames. (Discovered by Djego Ibanez) (#14341)
Fix the handling of formatting following mIRC O (#14436)
Fix crash when NAMES is empty. (James McLaughlin?) (#14518)
MSN:
Fix incorrect handling of HTTP 100 responses when using the HTTP connection method. This can lead to a crash. (Discovered by Marius Wachtler)
Fix seemingly random crashing. (#14307)
Fix a crash when the account is disconnected at the time we are doing a SB request. (Hanzz, ported by shlomif) (#12431)
XMPP:
Do not generate malformed XML (““) when setting an empty mood. (#14342)
Fix the /join behavior. (Broken when adding support for @) (#14205)
Yahoo!/Yahoo! JAPAN:
Fix coming out of idle while in an unavailable state
Fix logging into Yahoo! JAPAN. (#14259)
Windows-Specific Changes:
Open an explorer.exe window at the location of the file when clicking on a file link instead of executing the file, because executing a file can be potentially dangerous. (Discovered by James Burton of Insomnia Security) (Fixed by Eion Robb)

Imo.im gets support for Steam Chat!

Imo.im gets support for Steam Chat!

IMO has announced support for Steam Chat on their instant messaging platform.

The service already supports a wide variety of instant messaging protocols.

They might be one of the first ones to support Steam Chat in the instant messaging market.

The company developers said:

Now, Steam Community members can keep in touch with Steam friends via text, voice and video chat on imo.

Imo for Android gets chat groups

Imo for Android gets chat groups

IMO has updated their Android app with some cool new features.

The app now supports group chat capabilities. IMO has also added support for Skype chat groups in this latest update.

Features:

Any group member can invite their buddies to participate
View history of group messages on imo.im sent and received after joining
No limit on the number of group members
Send and receive instant voice IMs up to 30 seconds long
Send and receive files

These features are already available on their web app accessible through a web browser.

Pidgin 2.9.0 released with important security fixes

Pidgin 2.9.0 released with important security fixes

Developers behind the Pidgin instant messaging app have released a new update.

Pidgin 2.9.0 comes with an important security fix and all users are advised to update their installations asap.

Changelog:

Pidgin
Fix a potential remote denial-of-service bug related to displaying buddy icons.
Significantly improved performance of larger IRC channels (regression introduced in 2.8.0).
Fix Conversation->Add on AIM and MSN.
Entries in the chat user list are sorted properly again. This was inadvertently broken in 2.8.0.
Finch
Fix logging in to ICQ.
libpurple
media: Actually use the specified TCP port from the TURN configuration to create a TCP relay candidate.
AIM and ICQ
Fix crashes on some non-mainstream OSes when attempting to printf(“%s”, NULL). (Clemens Huebner) (#14297)
Plugins
The Evolution Integration plugin compiles again.

Imo.im on iPhone gets ability to send photos and videos!

Imo.im on iPhone gets ability to send photos and videos!

The developers behind the popular instant messaging service platform imo.im have released an updated app for the Apple iOS platform.

Here are the new features:

Ability to send images and video
Emoticons menu
History loading in the window
History browsing
Hyves and VKontakte support
Collapsible groups
Auto caps and auto correction added as a preference

The developers added that this update also comes with some bug fixes and performance enhancements.

We are big fans of imo.im and use it on the Android platform. We hope to see similar features arriving on their Android app too!

Pidgin 2.8.0 released

Pidgin 2.8.0 released

The developers behind the popular open source instant messaging application Pidgin have launched a new version.

Pidgin 2.8.0 is now available as a free download.

Changelog:

General:
Implement simple silence suppression for voice calls, preventing wasted bandwidth for silent periods during a call. (Jakub Adam) (half of #13180)
Added the DigiCert? High Assurance CA-3 intermediate CA, needed for validation of the Facebook XMPP interface’s certificate.
Removed the QQ protocol plugin. It hasn’t worked in a long time and isn’t being maintained, therefore we no longer want it.
Pidgin:
Duplicate code cleanup. (Gabriel Schulhof) (#10599)
Voice/Video call window adapts correctly to adding or removing streams on the fly. (Jakub Adam) (half of #13535)
Don’t cancel an ongoing call when rejecting the addition of a stream to the existing call. (Jakub Adam) (#13537)
Pidgin plugins can now override tab completion and detect clicks on usernames in the chat userlist. (kawaii.neko) (#12599)
Fix the tooltip being destroyed when it is full of information and cover the mouse (dliang) (#10510)
libpurple:
media: Allow obtaining active local and remote candidates. (Jakub Adam) (#11830)
media: Allow getting/setting video capabilities. (Jakub Adam) (half of #13095)
Simple Silence Suppression is optional per-account. (Jakub Adam) (half of #13180)
Fix purple-url-handler being unable to find an account.
media: Allow adding/removing streams on the fly. (Jakub Adam) (half of #13535)
Support new connection states in NetworkManager 0.9. (Dan Williams) (#13505)
When removing a buddy, delete the pounces associated with it. (Kartik Mohta) (#1131)
media: Allow libpurple and plugins to set SDES properties for RTP conferences. (Jakub Adam) (#12981)
proxy: Add new “Tor/Privacy” proxy type that can be used to restrict operations that could leak potentially sensitive data (e.g. DNS queries). (#11110, #13928)
media: Add support for using TCP relaying with TURN (will only work with libnice 0.1.0 and later).
AIM:
Fix setting icons with dimensions greater than 64×64 pixels by scaling them down to at most 64×64. (#12874, #13165)
Gadu-Gadu:
Allow showing your status only to buddies. (Mateusz Piękos) (#13358)
Updated internal libgadu to version 1.10.1. (Robert Matusewicz, Krzysztof Klinikowski) (#13525)
Updated internal libgadu to version 1.11.0. (Tomasz Wasilczyk) (#14248)
Suppress blank messages that happen when receiving inline images. (Tomasz Wasilczyk) (#13554)
Fix sending inline images to remote users, don’t crash when trying to send large (> 256kB) images. (Tomasz Wasilczyk) (#13580)
Support typing notifications. (Jan Zachorowski, Tomasz Wasilczyk, Krzysztof Klinikowski) (#13362, #13590)
Require libgadu 1.11.0 to avoid using internal libgadu.
Optional SSL connection support for GNUTLS users (not on Windows yet!). (Tomasz Wasilczyk) (#13613, #13894)
Don’t count received messages or statuses when determining whether to send a keepalive packet. (Jan Zachorowski) (#13699)
Fix a crash when receiving images on Windows or an incorrect timestamp in the log when receiving images on Linux. (Tomasz Wasilczyk) (#10268)
Support XML events, resulting in immediate update of other users’ buddy icons. (Tomasz Wasilczyk) (#13739)
Accept poorly formatted URLs from other third-party clients in the same manner as the official client. (Tomasz Wasilczyk) (#13886)
ICQ:
Fix setting icons with dimensions greater than 64×64 pixels by scaling them down to at most 64×64. (#12874, #13165)
Fix unsetting your mood when “None” is selected. (Dustin Gathmann) (#11895)
Ignore Daylight Saving Time when performing calculations related to birthdays. (Dustin Gathmann) (#13533)
It is now possible to specify multiple encodings on the Advanced tab of an ICQ account’s settings by using a comma-delimited list. (Dmitry Utkin (#13496))
IRC:
Add “authserv” service command. (tomos) (#13337)
MSN:
Fix a hard-to-exploit crash in the MSN protocol when using the HTTP connection method (Reported by Marius Wachtler).
MXit:
Support for an Invite Message when adding a buddy.
Fixed bug in splitting-up of messages that contain a lot of links.
Fixed crash caused by timer not being disabled on disconnect. (introduced in 2.7.11)
Clearing of the conversation window now works.
When receiving an invite you can display the sender’s profile information, avatar image, invite message.
The Change PIN option was moved into separate action.
New profile attributes added and shown.
Update to protocol v6.3.
Added the ability to view and invite your Suggested Friends, and to search for contacts.
Also display the Status Message of offline contacts in their profile information.
XMPP:
Remember the previously entered user directory when searching. (Keith Moyer) (#12451)
Correctly handle a buddy’s unsetting his/her vCard-based avatar. (Matthew W.S. Bell) (#13370)
Squash one more situation that resulted in duplicate entries in the roster (this one where the server reports the buddy as being in the same (empty) group. (Reported by Danny Mayer)
Plugins:
The Voice/Video Settings plugin now includes the ability to test microphone settings. (Jakub Adam) (#13182)
Fix a crash when handling some saved settings in the Voice/Video Settings plugin. (Pat Erley) (13290, #13774)
Windows-Specific Changes:
Fix building libpurple with Visual C++ .NET 2005. This was accidentally broken in 2.7.11. (Florian Quèze)
Build internal libgadu using packed structs, fixing several long-standing Gadu-Gadu issues. (#11958, #6297)

Google Talk gets AIM interoperability

Google Talk gets AIM interoperability

Google and AOL have finally turned on interoperability between their instant messaging services.

Google Talk users can now add AOL accounts of their friends and vice versa.

This feature is also enabled inside Gmail now. You no longer have to connect to your AIM account from Gmail to connect with your friends on that network.

AOL has also provided an import utility so that you can easily add your AIM friends to your Google Talk list.

Google spoke about the changes:

If you chat with AIM buddies in Gmail, you’ll notice a few changes. First, you’ll no longer need an AIM account to connect to your friends using AIM. Instead you’ll be able to add your AIM buddies just like you add Gmail contacts to your chat list: using their AOL screennames (for example, username@aol.com). AIM users will now also be able to add Google contacts to their AIM chat clients.