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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.

Google Voice Gets New Free VoIP Service
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Earlier this week, reports surfaced indicating that Google had bought Gizmo5, a VoIP firm. The news came just on the heels of Google’s AdMob acquisition. Google has now officially announced that it has indeed acquired Gizmo5.

eBay Sells Skype, Which is Worth $2.75 Billion
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Update: The announcement has been made. Some details from the press release:

Skype Rolls Out New Features For Mac Users

Skype has released a new version of its VoIP software for Mac users.

The new version, Skype 2.8, allows callers on Skype to share what is on their screen by calling another Skype users and showing all or part of their screen to the other person.

"Screen sharing is all about bringing people closer together and having conversations around what people want to share," said Neil Stevens, Head of Consumer for Skype.

Skype for iPhone Officially Available
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Update: Skype says:

Skype Launches Beta Service For Businesses
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Skype has announced a beta version of its calling service for business users.

The new service, called Skype for SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) allows workers to make calls with traditional telephones, instead of a headset hooked up to a computer.

Skype Making Mobile Deals
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Nokia and eBay-owned VoIP service Skype announced a deal today. Skype will be integrated into Nokia devices, starting with the N97 series.

Is eBay Looking to Unload Skype?
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Rumors have been circulating that eBay may be interested in finding a suitable bidder for VoIP service Skype. eBay hasn’t exactly come out and said this, but people love to chitter chatter. Times Online reports:

Hackers Focusing On VoIP Accounts
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Hackers are in the early stages of targeting voice-over IP telephony accounts according to one VoIP equipment maker.

Private information, including usernames and passwords from VoIP phone accounts are being sold online for more than stolen credit cards Newport Networks says. The information lets hackers use the telephone service for free.

Yahoo Dials In Jajah For Voice

VoIP service Jajah benefited from Yahoo’s strategic shift as the recipient of the outsourcing of Phone In and Phone Out premium voice services for Yahoo Messenger.

FCC Hanging Up On Skype Open Access Request

The same type of open access rule that was added to the recent 700MHz spectrum auctions won’t be imposed on current spectrum, as Skype hoped it would.

VON Organizer Pulver Media At Risk
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Influential VoIP advocate and conference organizer Jeff Pulver may have hosted his last VON show, as rumors of the demise of Pulver Media started to spread.

CBS Unwires Manhattan With Wi-Fi

An experiment by CBS enables people with Wi-Fi-capable devices to access the Internet for free, at 5Mbps speeds, as the network tries out a wireless initiative in the Big Apple.

Vonage, Sprint Cool With Patent Settlement

Vonage’s infringement on six Sprint patents has yielded a lucrative payday for Sprint.

The Privacy Is In The Pudding (Or Not)

There are so many obvious cliché puns just sitting there, grinning like toads: if you don’t eat your meat…; the proof is in the…; $240 worth of…Pudding. What pudding has to do with telephony services is unclear, except that Pudding Media has started a conversation about how far is too far when it comes to targeted advertising.

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.

Need A Number? Nope, Just An Email Address
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It sounds either useful, creepy, or bound for abuse: Jangl.com has set off a service that allows people to call anybody with a known email address.

ISP Wiretap Day Arrives

May 14th signals the deadline for Internet service providers to be compliant with the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA).

VoIP Gaining On Landlines

As broadband penetration continues to grow, so will other services such as voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) and Internet protocol television (IPTV).