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Google argues it had to use proprietary tech in Hangouts

This week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation took Google to task over this issue, saying that the move is bad for users from the standpoints of interoperability and privacy.

If there were support for XMPP server federation, Google users would be able to chat with people on other IM services, or with those who host their own chat servers.

"This kind of decentralization is a good thing: it decreases lock-in to any particular service, which in turn lets the services compete on important factors like quality, uptime, or respect for user privacy," wrote EFF activist Parker Higgins in a blog post.

Saturday, May 25, 2013
ComputerWorld

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