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Moodgeist, Skype & Twitter IM Overlay

Given Twitter has reached escape velocity, I’m sure Obvious Corp. is in for an exit.  It is a clear and simple fit for many social media portal players.  But I think the interesting fit is how Twitter could complement an IM network.  To turn this question around, consider if AIM, Y! messenger, MSN or others suddenly enabled IM status to serve as the message and the buddy list to be a social network?

Stirred Up About Skype

Looks like Yahoo’s not the only one to be experimenting with helpful add-ons that go overboard.

The Skype extension for Firefox appears to be picking up numbers that aren’t phone numbers, erroneously displaying a country flag and a phone number with a little green phone icon. Trust me Skype, those account numbers in those private secure interfaces are not phone numbers. I know, three digits followed by a dash, especially when those digits are "617," looks like a phone number. But looks can be deceiving. They might just be part of an account number.

Skype To FCC: Let My People Go
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VoIP firm Skype wants the Federal Communications Commission to force cellular providers into letting people have more choice about how they connect to those wireless networks.

Skype Founders To Launch Internet TV

The founders of Skype Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrm are close to launching their new Internet TV site, which is currently under the working name The Venice Project. Last year the pair sold their communications business to Ebay for $2.6 billion.

Will Skype’s Pricing Put Its Growth On Hold?

Skype, an Internet communications company, is now offering U.S. and Canadian customers a paid annual subscription service that will allow registered users to make unlimited to any phones located within the U.S. or Canada.

Skype’s New Calling Plan

The Washington Post reports that Skype will introduce a plan that lets customers pay $30 per year for unlimited SkypeOut dialing to US and Canadian phone numbers.

Is There a Future for Skype’s Free US Deal?

Skype has been running a great deal the last few months, letting people living in the US call landlines in the country for free.

Skype Consolidation
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Skype went through another “reorganization” this week, and some people are starting to get nervous. The company, which was acquired by eBay in September of 2005, has lost (or gotten rid of) a number of employees recently, and because of this latest restructuring, there are “14 who are leaving or who have yet to find another job at Skype or another eBay company.”

Skype Dialed Into Google Pack

Google’s assortment of software for computer users now includes Skype, eBay’s multi-billion dollar VoIP acquisition, as an option alongside Google Talk.

Logitech Is A Good Choice

I bought a new microphone/headset combo at the weekend – a Logitech USB Headset 250. A good price at PC World with added bonuses: it’s Skype certified, and comes with 60 free SkypeOut minutes plus a month’s free voicemail. Nice additions to my existing Skype account.

Skype Plans Live Chat Rooms For Bloggers
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CNET has details of Skype’s plans to offer bloggers the ability to host audio chats from their own web site.

Is Skype the new SmartTag?

I had dinner with Ajit Jaokar, CEO of Futuretext, a publishing company that publishes tech books like Mobile Web 2.0 and Russell Shaw, a prolific blogger (he writes a VoIP blog over on ZDNet, but also has political blogs and other blogging jobs over on Weblogs Inc, among others).

How to Recognize the Digital Native

One theme Shel and I have discussed quite a few times on the FIR podcast is the different behaviours younger people exhibit in how they communicate compared to the traditional behaviours in the workplace.

Microsoft, Yahoo … and Skype?

Yesterday’s announcement from Microsoft and Yahoo! on the inter-operability between their instant messengers is a good step forward in making it even easier for people to communicate via the net:

Skype Offers Free International Calling

Adding to its aggressive campaign to attract more users, Skype launched a promotional offer called the “Skype Days of Summer” that allows US and Canadian SkypeOut users to make free international calls to the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Japan during three July weekends.

eBay Adds ‘Skype Me’ Icons For Auctions

On Monday eBay said that it had a special announcement for sometime Tuesday regarding a new incorporation of Skype technology for its online auction house. Bill Cobb, president of eBay North America, announced sellers can begin placing “Skype Me” buttons alongside product listings.

Internet Phones Smart For Home Or Business

If you haven’t heard already, there’s a revolution underway in terms of how people make phone calls. Of course, the strong possibility that perhaps neither you nor anyone you know is participating in this revolution may speak to its (in)effectiveness. Still, the telephone is being modernized, with the promise of worldwide free calls just visible on the horizon. The technology is known as VoIP.

Goodbye Area 775, Hello Skype

If you recall, I cancelled Vonage back in April due to dissatisfaction with my service. I was ecstatic about the prospective of the features offered by Gizmo Project Area 775.

Dell To Preinstall Skype
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In a second big announcement for Dell this week, the computer maker will be pre-installing voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) provider Skype’s software on its new line of XPS mobile computers. Last week, Dell and Google announced an agreement to integrate search capabilities and Mozilla Firefox browser.

Morpheus Gives Red Pill To eBay

The company behind the Morpheus file sharing software, StreamCast Networks, updated a lawsuit against Skype’s founders and added eBay to the list of defendants.

Vonage IPO Rings Up A Loss

Not since Lumera Corp’s IPO in July 2004 has a company IPO fallen as much as Vonage did in its first day of trading on Wall Street.

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