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Google Plans to Open Hangouts for Interoperability

Google Plans to Open Hangouts for Interoperability | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Hangouts, the group video chat component of Google Plus that everyone’s been raving about, could eventually be usable with other video chat clients and services as well. Google Real-time Communications Tech Lead Justin Uberti wrote this weekend on his blog that the company plans to publish the specifications necessary to interoperate with Hangouts.

Opening up Hangouts could be a boon for developers of smaller third-party apps and possibly even kick-start the development of mobile clients (the feature is currently only usable from the desktop), but bigger competitors can’t be happy about this idea.
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Is Facebook's Skype video chat more "awesome" than Google+ Hangout?

Is Facebook's Skype video chat more  "awesome" than Google+ Hangout? | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Google+ video chat, Hangout is browser-based and can be accessed from any OS. Google is working with other browser developers, such as Mozilla and Opera, in hopes they will support the technology in their browsers.

Facebook’s new video chat service will have a “desktop component,” and “there’s very deep integration between the products, and from the user’s perspective, the product will be an in browser experience,” said reports.
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The technology behind Google+ Hangouts

The technology behind Google+ Hangouts | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Google's new Hangouts video chat service is one of the most interaEver since Google started to roll out its Google+ project on Tuesday, many of its users have been particularly excited about its group video chat service Hangouts. I agree, but not just because it’s fun and easy to use. The real kicker is the technology that powers the service. Even in its infancy, Hangouts is an interesting cloud service. But in the not-so-distant future, it could evolve into a standards-based video conferencing solution that runs natively in many browsers and on a whole range of devices.esting features of its Google+ project.
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Hangout Is Breakout Feature Of Google+, When Will Facebook Match?

Hangout Is Breakout Feature Of Google+, When Will Facebook Match? | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Last night I had my first experience with Google+ Hangout, the video chat feature that allows up to 10 people to talk simultaneously. Bradley Horowitz (pictured below in the big window) announced a public Hangout and very quickly the room filled up. People were waiting in line to get in.
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Google Plus may commoditize unified communications | insideCTI

Google Plus’ cool factor may or may not wow the typical user, but what about rolling it into the enterprise along with other Google services, specifically applied in unified communications?
- Contact management, enhanced? Check (Google Plus’ Circles feature).
- Email management? Check (Gmail).
- Document management? Check (Google Docs).
- Voice (over IP) communications? Check (Google Voice).
- Instant messenging? Check (Gtalk).
- Videoconferencing, even with a group? Check (Google Plus’ Hangouts feature).
- Mobile chat? Check (Google Plus’ Huddle feature).

Better yet, all of these products from Google are free or cost significantly less than getting your own servers.

Facebook may feel threatened by Google Plus, but what about all these UC vendors, especially those that are going after the burgeoning SMB market
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Hang out with"unauthorized Raven" Friday on Google Plus

Hang out with"unauthorized Raven" Friday on Google Plus | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Raven Tools is hosting a Raven Hangout this Friday, July 8. Raven’s Taylor Pratt and I will open up the doors to our unauthorized Raven Google Plus account at 4 pm EDT to anyone who wants to chat about Google+ and what it means for all of us. Or we could just all watch Nyan cat videos together.

The reason Raven describes the account as "unauthorized", is because Google+ right now does not support "non-human" accounts.
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How To Video Podcast Using Google Plus Hangouts

How To Video Podcast Using Google Plus Hangouts | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
With the new “Hangout” feature, the Phandroid team tested out something we’ve wanted to do for a LONG time: video podcasting. The main thing holding us back in the past was a simple technology to get the job done. Well, check out what we were able to accomplish with Google+.
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The Google+ project: Explore Hangouts

Hang out with up to ten friends, in real-time video, from anywhere. Pop in and out as you want. Find out more at plus.google.com.
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Google+ Hangout Is the Best Free Group Video Chat We've Seen - Lifehacker

Google+ Hangout Is the Best Free Group Video Chat We've Seen - Lifehacker | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Team Lifehacker has been playing around with Google+ all morning, and so far the coolest innovation we've seen—particularly from a productivity standpoint—is the Hangout feature, which creates rooms for you to hang out with your friends, coworkers, or any of your social circles. It's great.
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Why Google+ won't hurt Facebook, but Skype will hate it - Om Malik in gigaom

Why Google+ won't hurt Facebook, but Skype will hate it - Om Malik in gigaom | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Google’s senior executives — long dismissive of the idea of importance of social to search — were contrite during their briefing earlier this week. “It is about time we have come to the realization,” said Bradley Horowitz, vice president of product with Google, “If you don’t know people, then you can’t organize the information for people.”

Google’s realization — however late – that it needs to use social, location and other signals to enhance its core search platform is welcome. “Google needs to understand these relationships and basically use those to make search better,” said Vic Gundotra, Google’s senior vice president for Social in an hour-long briefing earlier this week.
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