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Skype gulps group app as it is swallowed by Microsoft

Mon, 22 Aug 2011 10:14:03 GMT

Redmond's in-house 'We're In' may in fact not be any more

Another Microsoft me-too Web 2.0 project looks to be headed for the chop with Skype's proposed purchase of a mobile messaging start-up.…

Skype arrives on fondleslab

Tue, 02 Aug 2011 10:28:00 GMT

Shout into this

Skype has finally arrived on the iPad – after one false alarm. Now anybody can talk into a gigantic, oversized iPhone.…

Skype: XSS vuln fix is on the way

Tue, 19 Jul 2011 15:21:41 GMT

Backend backdoor to be firmly plugged

Updated Skype has promised to fix a cross-site scripting flaw that exposes Windows users of VoIP technology to potential attack.…

Facebook's 'awesome' plan to hook up with Skype?

Mon, 04 Jul 2011 09:56:37 GMT

MicroSoftFaceSkypeBook vidchat deal rumoured

Facebook is reportedly about to launch a new video chat product powered by Microsoft-owned Skype.…

Google battles MicroSkype with 'open' VoIP protocol

Fri, 24 Jun 2011 18:33:08 GMT

The Jingle in Ballmer's ear

Google has moved its Google Talk VoIP infrastructure to Jingle, the voice and media signaling protocol that seeks to provide an open-standard alternative to the proprietary protocols used by the Microsoft-owned Skype and other VoIP technologies.…

Microsoft gains DoJ anti-trust approval on Skype buy

Mon, 20 Jun 2011 09:23:19 GMT

VoIP outfit 'fires' top execs

Thr US Department of Justice approved Microsoft's $8.5bn acquisition of Luxembourg-based Skype Technologies SA on Friday.…

TeleWare makes telephony a little more cloudy

Thu, 16 Jun 2011 10:44:44 GMT

Mobile phone, fixed infrastructure

TeleWare has launched an enterprise MVNO that routes every call through the office PBX, reducing the mobile carrier to a bit pipe at best.…

Skype hangs up on users yet again

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 12:04:32 GMT

More problems, less chat

Updated Users around the world once again experienced problems using Skype on Tuesday morning.…

Skype reverse-engineered and open sourced

Fri, 03 Jun 2011 04:00:02 GMT

How soon will Microsoft blow?

There have been many analyses of Skype’s behaviour over the years (the most famous perhaps is from Baset and Schultzrinne), but as far as Vulture Central is aware, nobody has yet gone so far as to reverse-engineer the whole kit-and-caboodle.…

Google open sources $68.2m realtime comm platform

Wed, 01 Jun 2011 14:46:23 GMT

Audio and video chatter inside the browser

Google has open sourced a framework for realtime video and audio inside the browser. Known as WebRTC, the framework is based on technology the company acquired with its $68.2 million purchase of Global IP Solutions (GIPS) last year.…

Skype pushes gaming software down users throats

Tue, 31 May 2011 09:45:41 GMT

VoIP firm disables unintentional adware-style push

Skype has further irked its users, already put out by an outage last week, by pushing a Windows add-on that installed itself on users' systems whether or not they gave it permission to install.…

Skype pushes out Windows update following massive login glitch

Fri, 27 May 2011 12:11:29 GMT

Trying to connect you...

Skype has published an update that provides an easy way for users to log back into the system following a software glitch that resulted in the VoIP service hanging up on users on Thursday.…

$8.5bn Skype goes titsup again - including website

Thu, 26 May 2011 13:51:07 GMT

Truly, Microsoft has the golden touch

Skype went titsup on Thursday, days after the announcement of a deal to buy the VoIP outfit by Microsoft.…

Gates defends Ballmer's Skype gamble

Wed, 18 May 2011 00:11:01 GMT

'A great deal for Microsoft'

Somebody big has come to the defense of Steve Ballmer's $8.5bn purchase of web telco Skype - the biggest deal in Microsoft's history.…

Microsoft Skype: How the VCs won and Ballmer overpaid

Tue, 10 May 2011 22:26:20 GMT

Is Skype his next aQuantive?

Analysis A trio of Silicon Valley venture capitalists have made out handsomely from Microsoft's $8.5bn purchase of Web 2.0 carrier Skype. The money men have earned themselves $6.6bn in cash selling the unwanted web-telco company that they bought a $1.9bn stake in from eBay, while dodging the pain, paperwork, and inevitable disappointment of an IPO.…

Microsoft poised to make biggest ever buy – Skype

Tue, 10 May 2011 07:49:40 GMT

P2P blabbernet seduces another sugar daddy

Microsoft is close to buying VoIP service Skype for about $8.5bn.…

Skype bug gives attackers access to Mac OS X machines

Fri, 06 May 2011 19:40:16 GMT

'Extremely wormable and dangerous'

Mac users running Skype are vulnerable to self-propagating exploits that allow an attacker to gain unfettered system access by sending a specially manipulated attachment in an instant message, a hacker said.…

Dear Google and Facebook: You don't want Skype

Fri, 06 May 2011 17:33:08 GMT

Give it to Cisco. Or AT&T

Open...and Shut The word is out that Facebook and Google are now considering partnerships with or acquisition of Skype. The big question, however, is what they'd do with it. As eBay discovered to its hurt, Skype isn't a product that necessarily plays well with others.…

Skype mulls going online with offline Facebook, Google contacts

Thu, 05 May 2011 12:27:41 GMT

Report points at chats 'n' that

Facebook has reportedly been in talks with Skype, and the company's boss Mark Zuckerberg is said to have mulled over buying the web video chat service.…

Skype plugs Android privacy flaw

Thu, 21 Apr 2011 14:44:25 GMT

Less paranoia

Skype has plugged a privacy flaw in the Android version of its VoIP telephony software.…

T-Mobile turns Facebook telco

Wed, 20 Apr 2011 09:44:15 GMT

Turning pokes into phone calls

T-Mobile USA has launched itself onto Facebook, providing free VoIP calls between social networkers though the service is not yet integrated into the operator's mobile network.…

Skype for Android is vulnerable

Fri, 15 Apr 2011 23:10:57 GMT

User data exposed

According to a post at Android Police, confirmed by Skype, the Android version of the popular VoIP app exposes extensive user data.…

Google buys social network-compatible voicemail operation

Wed, 26 Jan 2011 14:03:13 GMT

Ma Bell Tinkerbell Zuckerbell

Google has splashed out on SayNow, a start-up service that provides celebrities with Twitter-like voicemail, as it tries to take voice into the 21st century.…

China announces Skype ban to protect telco revenues

Fri, 31 Dec 2010 14:52:02 GMT

No place in People's Republic for imperialist P2P

China has banned Skype and other Western VoIP providers in a move designed to stop the services from eroding the profits of traditional telecoms operators in the country, China Telecom and China Unicom.…

Skype's mega-FAIL: exec cops to cause

Wed, 29 Dec 2010 19:10:13 GMT

Live by P2P, die by P2P

Chastened by its pre-Christmas mega-FAIL, Skype on Wednesday explained in detail why the titanic titsup takedown happened and how the company plans to ensure that the globe will never again go VoIP-less for an extended period of time.…

Skype makes wobbly return, offers compo to paying punters

Fri, 24 Dec 2010 10:53:25 GMT

It wasn't malicious, just a total FAIL

Skype is slowly coming back to life after suffering a major outage over the past few days and, in an effort to say sorry, the firm is offering to compensate its paying customers.…

Skype goes titsup across globe

Wed, 22 Dec 2010 19:31:42 GMT

Mass supernode death

Skype users across the globe are unable to access the popular peer-to-peer VoIP service.…

Skype throws off Nimbuzz in ad-revenue smackdown

Mon, 25 Oct 2010 10:13:22 GMT

VoIP monster tells Nimbuzz to Fring off

Identity aggregation client Nimbuzz has joined Fring in the does-not-Skype pile, as the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) behemoth continues trimming back the parasites.…

Skype dials up deal with Facebook

Fri, 15 Oct 2010 11:35:38 GMT

Plugs self into über Web2.0 wasteland

Skype has inked a deal with Facebook by integrating the dominant social network’s News Feed and Phonebook into the Microsoft Windows version of its software.…

Skype taps Cisco vet as chief exec

Mon, 04 Oct 2010 18:26:53 GMT

Hello, IPO

Skype has named Cisco veteran Tony Bates as its new CEO.…

Skype and Facebook sitting in a tree?

Thu, 30 Sep 2010 12:50:02 GMT

Zuckerberg (possibly) puckers up for VoIP

All Things Digital reports that Facebook and Skype are on the verge of announcing an integration of their services, allowing Facebook users to talk to each other.…

Google unleashes phone calls from Gmail

Wed, 25 Aug 2010 20:04:13 GMT

Voice extension

Google has announced that you can now place and receive phone calls inside Gmail, a day after a report revealed that such a service was under test.…

Skype: Fear and loathing in Cupertino, Mountain View

Mon, 09 Aug 2010 15:57:50 GMT

Ditches MySpace warns on patents and Apple

Analysis Skype’s IPO has revealed some interesting nuggets about the voice network provider’s intentions and fears as it looks to make an initial public offering of its shares. Chief among them are its decision to ditch MySpace and expressions of concern about Google and Apple.…

Skype gets ready to float

Mon, 09 Aug 2010 14:01:49 GMT


Best-known VoIP provider Skype has filed documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission to allow it to make an initial public offering of its shares.…

Vonage offers free 3G calls for iPhone, Droid Facebookers

Wed, 04 Aug 2010 13:13:16 GMT

Bitchslapped cheeks aflame at Skype and Fring

Vonage, the respectable face of VoIP, has launched a mobile client allowing iPhone and Android users to make VoIP calls for free, as long as they’re calling a Facebook friend.…

Skype shelves call charges

Thu, 22 Jul 2010 10:04:29 GMT

Operators will collect the money instead

VoIP operator Skype has shelved plans to charge users for 3G calling, claiming that operator plans to bill by the byte make such charges redundant.…

Reverse engineer extracts Skype crypto secret recipe

Fri, 09 Jul 2010 13:13:22 GMT

VoIP service mulls legal action

Cryptoanalysts have published what they claim is the secret recipe behind a Skype encryption algorithm.…

US VoIP subscribers 21 million strong

Wed, 30 Jun 2010 18:36:34 GMT

Skype not included

The US Federal Communications Commission reports that there are 21 million VoIP subscriptions stateside, and that the vast majority of them are residential customers. But it didn't count Skype subscribers.…

Skype boosts results for exclusive operators

Mon, 28 Jun 2010 11:51:47 GMT

3 UK says 80% of its Skypephone customers are new, and have low churn

Good news for operators like Verizon Wireless, which have thrown their lot in with Skype rather than fighting the open web tide. The pioneer of cellco-Skype deals, 3 UK, claims the arrangement has brought it a massive boost to earnings.…

Google gobbles up confab-over-IP firm GIPS for $68m

Tue, 18 May 2010 10:33:45 GMT

Pauses briefly to pick teeth and look round for more

Google has bought a Swedish VoIP company called Global IP Solutions - which is traded on the Oslo Stock Exchange.…

Tesco VoIP takes numbers to the grave

Thu, 22 Apr 2010 09:33:19 GMT

If I'm going down I'm taking you with me

Customers of Tesco's recently-demised VoIP service are being told they've lost their numbers, as number-portability is more of a recommendation than a requirement in the fixed world.…

Tesco Internet Phone rings off the hook

Fri, 26 Mar 2010 10:14:17 GMT

Another VoIP op goes titsup

Tesco is pulling the plug on its foray into VoIP, giving customers a month to find an alternative to its Tesco Internet Phone and Talk Wi-Fi services.…

Skype first to scrap Windows Mobile

Mon, 01 Mar 2010 10:36:22 GMT

But probably not the last

Skype has pulled its Windows Mobile client, saying the interface wasn't worth keeping and presumably planning something better for Windows Phone 7 Series.…

Samsung joins the Skype-TV crowd

Fri, 26 Feb 2010 16:34:28 GMT

Two-way telly becomes a reality

Samsung has joined LG and Panasonic in embedding Skype into its high-end TVs, putting video calling firmly into living rooms.…

Skype set for Verizon 3G

Tue, 16 Feb 2010 23:08:18 GMT

Cellular VoiP for BlackBerry, Android

Verizon Wireless has joined forces with Skype to allow select BlackBerry and Android phones to make internet calls across its 3G network starting in March.…

Small biz loves VoiP, not air miles

Wed, 20 Jan 2010 12:19:37 GMT

Tech beats planes

Small businesses increasingly see new technology as a better way to communicate with international partners than traditional business trips - especially with budgets under strain thanks to the downturn.…

Skype offers living room TV action

Wed, 06 Jan 2010 15:24:20 GMT

Just disconnect while watching specialist films

VoIP specialist Skype has signed deals with LG and Panasonic to embed its client into next-generation TVs, finally putting video calling into the living room.…

Telefonica gobbles up Jajah

Tue, 29 Dec 2009 11:11:43 GMT

A realised VoIP business plan

VoIP outfit Jajah got its Christmas wish, €145 million in cash from mobile operator Telefonica.…

Gizmo5 Linux client vanishes in wake of Google takeover

Mon, 30 Nov 2009 11:52:06 GMT

Penguin incarnation joins the choir invisible

Gizmo5 users are complaining that since the VoIP outfit was acquired by Google earlier this month, the Linux client of the firm’s tech has been ditched.…

Oman cuffs 212 for selling VoIP calls

Fri, 20 Nov 2009 23:28:25 GMT

Net phones verboten

This year, police in the Arab nation of Oman have raided 121 internet cafes throughout the country and arrested 212 people for providing VoIP services, according to a local report.…