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Facebook, Google Weighing Skype Deal?

According to “two sources with direct knowledge of the discussions,” both Facebook and Google are weighing deals with popular video conferencing service Skype. According to Reuters, both Facebook and Google have held discussions about forming joint ventures with Skype, and Facebook has at least talked about buying the company outright.  Since the discussions are still nascent,  there is no word …

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Video Chat Between iOS and Android, Courtesy of Qik and Skype

Qik, the mobile video company that Skype recently acquired, has launched a new version of its Android app and an update for its iPhone app, which allow people with Android devices and iOS devices to video chat with one another. “This new version of Qik Video Connect for Android gives users the ability to video chat seamlessly with friends on …

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Skype Android Vulnerability Puts Personal Info at Risk

A vulnerability in Skype and Skype Video for Android has been discovered, which can leave sensitive information at the mercy of other, malicious apps. The detective work came from Justin Case at Android Police, who explains, “On April 11, a leaked version of Skype Video hit the web and, having a Thunderbolt, I had to try it. My first impressions …

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Russia to Ban Skype, Gmail?

Russian Internet News Roundup: Skype, Gmail Ban Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) is set to propose a ban on the popular sites Skype, Hotmail and Gmail.  The FSB is concerned that since the services use foreign made encryption technology, their large use poses a security risk. The FSB is an organization shrouded in secrecy.  Implemented as an successor to the …

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Skype Launches Platform To Connect Teachers

Skype has launched a free online platform aimed at connecting teachers with other educators and classrooms around the globe. The new platform called “Skype in the classroom,” is designed to help teachers find each other and related projects according to search criteria such as the age groups they teach, location, subjects of interest; and teaching resources that can be shared. …

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Skype Hits 30 Million Users Online Record

In this industry, we often look at growth numbers for companies – how many users they have. These numbers are always interesting to watch, but they are not always indicative of just how popular a particular service is. Just because someone has an account with some service, does not mean they use it every day, or even at all. This …

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Qik for iPhone Improved with Qik Video Connect App Launched at SXSW

This week at SXSW, Qik, which was recently acquired by Skype, launched Qik Video Connect for the iPhone. WebProNews spoke with co-founder Bhaskar Roy about the product at the event. “Whoever are my friends on Qik – I can watch a feed of what they’re doing,” he explains. “So for example, at SXSW, I pull up the feed, and all …

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Facebook, Skype Rumored To Be In Talks Again

Fair warning: not much came of earlier rumors about this same possibility, and an identical outcome is possible this time.  But there’s word that Facebook and Skype are (again) in talks about introducing a video chat feature on the social network. Bloomberg, which is the source of the latest rumor, reported over the weekend, “Facebook Inc., the world’s biggest social-networking …

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Skype Introduces Advertising In Windows

Skype said today that for the first time advertising will appear in the “Home” tab of Skype for Windows starting this week. The first advertisers on Skype include Groupon, Nokia, Universal Pictures and Visa. Skype said ads would initially appear in the U.S., U.K. And Germany. Skype “Home” features a sponsored masthead space of 650 x 170 pixels expandable to …

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Skype Breaks Record with 29 Million Users Online

Skype has broken a new record, hitting 29 million people online. On Skype’s "Big Blog", Peter Parkes writes:

We’ve passed another milestone – at approximately 1800 GMT yesterday, there were more than 29 million people online on Skype. Another record broken, and an opportunity for us to remind you that you can get Skype in all sorts of places – on your computer, on your mobile and even on your TV.

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Skype for Mac – New Version Available for Download

Skype just released a new version of Skype for Mac, which no longer carries the beta label. It also introduces group video calling (as part of a premium package). 

That package also includes live chat customer support, a seven-day free trial, and the option to either purchase a day pass starting at $4.99 or a monthly subscription at $8.99 a month.

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How Skype Can Be a Useful Tool for Content Creators

For many Skype users the tool is simply a phone replacement or a way to make international calls without a charge.

While the direct communication uses are obvious, there are so many other ways to use this tool as well. In fact, I believe that one of the hottest trends of the back half of 2011 will be the ubiquitous use of video communication on the mobile device and this type of behavior change is going to make some of Skype’s features even more useful for business.

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Skype Hits 28 Million Users Online Just a Week After Hitting 27 Million

Skype announced a new record today, and one that is even more interesting, considering the timing. 

"Almost exactly a week after we broke the 27 million barrier, we’ve done it again," says Skype’s Peter Parkes. "At approximately 1800 GMT today, there were over 28 million people online on Skype at the same time – a new record."

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Skype Gets New Business Version with Group Video Calling

Today is a big day for Skype. Not only did the company announce its intent to acquire mobile video provider Qik, but they have also launched a new business version of Skype for Windows with group video calling. 

The feature is specifically designed for businesses who are shifting to an anytime/anywhere workplace model to increase employee productivity and collaboration, a spokesperson for the company tells WebProNews. 

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Skype Buys Mobile Video Company Qik

Skype announced today that it has entered an agreement to acquire Qik. The price has yet to be announced, but rumor has it that it’s about $100 million. 

What Qik does is let people capture video instantly from their phones. It’s already available on over 200 different phones running Android, iOS, Symbian, BlackBerry OS, and Windows Mobile. On many of them, Qik comes preloaded. 

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Skype Takes Video Calls to the iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch

Skype has launched a new version of its iPhone app that features video calling – a bold move considering Skype is fresh off a major outage issue, and that this will directly compete with Apple’s new FaceTime feature of the latest iPhones. 

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Skype Talks Outage and Prevention of Future Outages

Last week, millions of Skype users lost their connections and experienced various other issues with the service. Though the outage didn’t last much longer than a day, the sheer number of those affected created a huge blunder for the company. 

It didn’t take long for Skype to go on damage control mode, however. CEO Tony Bates himself jumped on the Skype blog a few times to provide updates, explanations, and of course apologies:

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Millions Lose Their Skype Connections [Updated]

Update 3: Now CEO Tony Bates has provided further explanation and apologies

Update 2: Parkes provided another update on the issue today:

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Skype Becomes More Social With Facebook Integration

Skype has introduced an updated version of 5.0 beta for Windows along with the integration of the Facebook News Feed.

The Facebook integration makes Skype more social. Skype users can interact with their Facebook News Feed, including posting status updates, commenting, and liking, directly from Skype. The Facebook Phonebook in Skype allows users to call and SMS their Facebook friends directly on their mobile phones and landlines. If a Facebook friend is also a Skype contact, users can make a free Skype-to-Skype call.


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Skype Finally Makes Its Way to Android

Skype announced that it is now available on a wide range of Android phones (it has been available on some models from Verizon). Users of supported devices can simply go to on their phone to download it or find it in the Android Market. 

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Skype Names Tony Bates of Cisco As New CEO

Skype announced today that it has appointed Tony Bates its new CEO and Board member. He was previously Senior Vice President of Cisco and General Manager of Cisco’s Enterprise, Commercial and Small Business Division.

He was responsible for over $20 billion of annual revenue and the company’s  Borderless Networks, DataCenter and Collaboration architectures. He managed over 12,500 employees for Cisco. 

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Skype Announces Deal with Avaya

Skype announced that it has entered a new agreement with Avaya, a provider of enterprise communications systems, software, and services. The deal is to deliver real-time communications and collaboration solutions to businesses of all sizes. 

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Facebook May Count Skype as Weapon Against Google

According to Kara Swisher at All Things Digital’s BoomTown, Facebook and Skpe are preparing a new "deep integration partnership". This would include integration of SMS, voice chat and Facebook Connect. 

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Skype for Windows Gets Ten-Way Video Calling

Skype released an update to Skype for Windows, which allows you to make group video calls with up to ten people. This is in beta. 


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Skype Launches Skype Connect for Businesses

Skype has launched Skype Connect 1.0, formerly known as Skype for SIP. This is a product that enables IP-enabled private branch exchange (PBX) or Unified Communications (UC) systems to connect to Skype.

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Skype Mobile Comes to More Verizon Devices

Skype announced today that Skype mobile is now available on more devices on Verizon – the LG enV Touch, the LG Chocolate Touch, and the Samsung Reality.

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Skype Files for IPO

Skype announced today that it has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering. From the release:

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Consumer Watchdog: Google Spent $1.34 Million Lobbying in Q2

Consumer Watchdog issued a press release saying that Google spent $1.34 million trying to influence federal lawmakers and regulators in the second quarter of 2010, a 41% increase over $950,000 in the same period a year ago.

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Skype Gives Businesses “Click & Call” Ads to Place Around the Web

Google’s not the only company to offer a new ad format today. Skype introduced its new Click & Call ads, supported by Marchex. Skype says Click & Call Advertising provides an efficient and measurable way to acquire new customers by using Skype to drive inbound calls.

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Fring: Skype are Cowards, Skype: Fring are Liars

Skype and Fring have become engaged in something of a battle of words on the companies’ respective blogs today.

Well, first, Fring issued a press release claiming Skype forced Fring to stop Fring’s use of the service, threatening legal action. Fring posted on its blog, "Now that fring expanded capacity to support the huge demand for video calling for all users, Skype has blocked us from doing so. They are afraid of open mobile communication. Cowards."

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Yahoo Loses VP Of Engineering To Skype

Considering that laws prevent kids from working much, and that many people try to retire by age 65, it’s a big deal when a person spends 10 years with a company.  Unfortunately for Yahoo, that means it’s also a big deal that Madhu Yarlagadda, a vice president of engineering, is leaving for Skype after more than 11 years.

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Skype Expands Operations in Silicon Valley

Skype announced today that it is expanding its operations in Silicon Valley. The company has signed a lease with Stanford University for a 90,000 square foot office space in the Stanford Research Park in Palo Alto.

"Silicon Valley will add to Skype’s excellent engineering team in Estonia, Prague and Stockholm, and will also become the home of regional marketing, business development, and the Skype for Business team," says Skype CEO Josh Silverman.

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Google Voice Edges Closer To Skype Territory

The company that dominates the online search and advertising sector – and dabbles in photo-sharing, solar energy, and all other sorts of stuff – may soon improve its audio communication offering in a major way.  Google has reportedly taken a significant step towards making Google Voice more of a Skype competitor.

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Nokia Brings Skype To Ovi Store

Mobile device maker Nokia said today it has made Skype available as a free download in its online Ovi Store.

The new Skype for Symbian software will allow more than 200 million Nokia smartphone users globally access Skype over a WiFi or mobile data connection.

Skype for Symbian will allow Nokia smartphone users to make free Skype-to-Skype calls to other Skype users, save money on international calls and texts, and share pictures and videos.

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5 Reasons Why The iPad Fails To Impress

On January 27th Steve Jobs unveiled Apples latest “it” product, the iPad. Essentially the iPad “fills the gap” in between smartphones and laptops. One question remains to be answered, is there a need for a device to bridge the gap in between the two technologies? We’re not sure yet, but there is one thing we know, the iPad has some issues… below are 5 of the most glaring.

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eBay Sees 16% Revenue Increase for the Fourth Quarter

eBay has reported its financial results for the fourth quarter, and with revenue for the quarter at $2.4 billion, up 16% from the same period in 2008. That includes revenue of $112.0 million from Skype for the period that eBay fully owned it. Excluding Skype from the fourth quarter of 2008 and the fourth quarter of 2009, revenue growth would have been 19%.

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Skype Sees Big Jump in International Calls

Skype announced that its share of international calling minutes has jumped by 50% year-over-year. This data comes from a new report released by research firm TeleGeography.

According to this report, Skype’s share of international calling minutes jumped to 12% from last year’s figure of 8%. Telegeography says that the volume of traffic routed via Skype is growing at an "astonishing" pace. The following graph shows the net increase in international phone and Skype traffic from 2005 to 2009.

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