Google gave Hangouts a new homepage, away from Google+

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First Photos, then YouTube and now, Hangouts.

In a Google+ post Monday, Google announced it was fully decoupling Hangouts from Google+, giving the service its own dedicated homepage. This is the latest move to downsize and restructure the beleaguered social network.

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Users no longer have to log in to Gmail and Google+ to access Hangouts messaging, phone and video calls, a feature that should be welcomed by many. Google drew the ire of its users by requiring a Google+ account to use many of its popular products, most notably YouTube. Read more…

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