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The Skype Phone

Skype, the internet phone service, is all about disruption.

Skype Phone Introduced Internationally
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Voice over Internet Protocol provider Skype is developing its own software platform to launch a cell phone built with 3 Mobile, a wireless provider in Europe, Asia and Australia.

Skype Stings, But eBay Profits

The $1.43 billion charge eBay disclosed earlier this month had its predicted effect on their third quarter bottom line. Take that away, and eBay fared well.

MySpace Members Can Now Skype

Social networking site MySpace and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) provider Skype will offer MySpace members free Internet phone calls starting in November.

Zennstrom: eBay Overvalued Skype

Niklas Zennstrom, co-founder of Skype, admitted to conference attendees in Hungary that eBay put far too much value on the VoIP company during negotiations.

Jajah Buttoned Up By eBay

When online phone networking company Jajah enthusiastically announced their Jajah Buttons for eBay earlier this week, they didn’t anticipate eBay’s angry response.

OSS Venture Capital & M&A

Many of you may have heard that Matthew Aslett is over at The 451 Group now.

Skype Paid Off, And Zennstrom Departs

Niklas Zennstrom has left his role as CEO of Skype, the VoIP firm eBay purchased in September 2005, and eBay will eat a substantial charge to push him out the door.

Skype Accused Of Helping Chinese Censors

An American-based distributor of underground software that helps Chinese citizens get around government firewalls and access censored websites is accusing Skype of aiding the government by redirecting users to a website monitored and filtered by Chinese authorities.

Skype Outage Dials Up Conspiracy Theories

That 36-hour blank spot where Skype’s login and authentication systems used to be may have been down for reasons beyond the official party line…but you have to believe the *truth* is out there.

Skype Partners With Wal-Mart

Internet communications company Skype is partnering with retailer Wal-Mart to offer its hardware in the Internet and voice communications area of Wal-Mart’s 1,800 stores in the U.S.

Skype Brought Down By Microsoft Update

Patch Tuesday became a Friday the 13th for Skype this month, as a Windows Update devastated Skype’s authentication network.

Skype Knocked Out By The Algorithm
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VoIP company Skype experienced a massive outage due to a problem the company blamed on a deficient network software algorithm.

Skype Partners With Dailymotion

Independent video sharing site Dailymotion and Skype announced a partnership today that will put a Dailymotion channel on Skype and provide access to video content from the site.

Google Challenging Skype

Last week Google made its move against eBay owned Skype, an online person-to-person internet telephony company, with the purchase of startup company, GrandCentral Communications.

eBay Adds Host Of New Services

eBay has announced a number of new services and platform enhancements to help developers extend eBay content. The announcement was made at the eBay Developers Conference in Boston today.

Wal-Mart To Offer Skype Hardware

Retail giant Wal-Mart has teamed with Skype and will start selling Skype Certified hardware in their 1,800 locations throughout the U.S. In addition consumers will have access to headsets, webcams and handsets that are compatible with Skype along with pre-paid cards.

Skype Lawyers Bring Negative PR

Ahh, the lawyers at Skype screwed the pooch. I am actually on their side in this fight, too. I know that they need to protect the trademarks otherwise they’ll lose them. At Microsoft the lawyers would do stuff like this from time-to-time (my friend Robert Mclaws told me recently that the Microsoft lawyers are again going after some community members who’ve taken on trademarks too closely).

FON Sharing Wi-Fi With Time Warner

A deal between Time Warner Cable (TWC) and FON will allow TWC customers to share Wi-Fi connections with other FON users.

SkypePal Finally Makes its Appearance

At the mesh meetup we had at the Charlotte Room tonight, I ran into Jim Courtney of Skype Journal and he said he had just finished posting something interesting about the new Skype beta — and he was right.

Skype, Vodafone Move Forward Together?

Vodafone’s getting deeper and deeper into this whole Internet thing – the latest reports indicate that the company is exploring options with MSN, Yahoo, and AOL.  It has also displayed several mobile phones designed to work with Skype, and has presented some VoIP technology.