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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.

Skype Thinks Twice The Price Is Nice

EBay’s Skype may be taking a page out of Microsoft’s playbook. The VoIP company released a new product yesterday that seems awfully familiar, at twice the price.

The beta version of Skype Prime, part of Skype 3.1 for Windows, a widget that allows Skype users to become online, on-call experts.

For example, if you’re a business consultant of some kind, you can set up a hotline for people to call you for advice and guidance in your area of expertise. Experts can charge per minute or per call.

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.

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