Google Talking

Google Talking

1st Edition - December 13, 2006

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  • Authors: Joshua Brashars, Johnny Long
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080488875

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Nationwide and around the world, instant messaging use is growing, with more than 7 billion instant messages being sent every day worldwide, according to IDC. comScore Media Metrix reports that there are 250 million people across the globe--and nearly 80 million Americans--who regularly use instant messaging as a quick and convenient communications tool. Google Talking takes communication to the next level, combining the awesome power of Text and Voice! This book teaches readers how to blow the lid off of Instant Messaging and Phone calls over the Internet.This book will cover the program “Google Talk” in its entirety. From detailed information about each of its features, to a deep-down analysis of how it works. Also, we will cover real techniques from the computer programmers and hackers to bend and tweak the program to do exciting and unexpected things.

Key Features

  • Google has 41% of the search engine market making it by far the most commonly used search engine
  • The Instant Messaging market has 250 million users world wide
  • Google Talking will be the first book to hit the streets about Google Talk


Google Talking appeals to a broad audience. From teenagers engrossed in the online lifestyle, to computer professionals looking to develop their own programs for Google Talk, to readers looking for a way to call family long distance for free, everyone will take something from the book.

Table of Contents

  • PART ONE: Introductions
    1. A Brief Look at IM’s History
    2. A Brief look at VoIP
    3. Open Standards are our friends! – A look a XMPP, jabber, and interoperability

    PART TWO: Bells and Whistles
    4. IM hacks – Tweak your Google Talk chat sessions
    5. Easter Eggs – Hidden surprises lurking about
    6. Come Here, Watson, I need you! – Google Talk VoIP and peering

    PART THREE: Development
    7. Google Talk: Under the Hood – A look at what makes it tick
    8. Hand me that wrench! – APIs, code snippets, Google Talk “hacks”
    9. The Future? – The future of Google Talk

    PART FOUR: That’s All, Folks! – Appendix, etc.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 300
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Syngress 2007
  • Published: December 13, 2006
  • Imprint: Syngress
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080488875

About the Authors

Joshua Brashars

Affiliations and Expertise

External Threat Assessment Team, Secure Science Corporation, San Diego, CA

Johnny Long

Johnny Long is a Christian by grace, a professional hacker by trade, a pirate by blood, a ninja in training, a security researcher and author. He can be found lurking at his website ( He is the founder of Hackers For Charity(, an organization that provides hackers with job experience while leveraging their skills for charities that need those skills.

Affiliations and Expertise

Security Researcher, Founder of Hackers For Charity

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