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  • Microsoft to spoofed Skype users: Change your account passwords NOW

    07/19/2015 1:31:30 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    The Register ^ | 7/19/15 | Kelly Fiveash
    An unknown number of frustrated Skype customers have been pestered by spoof messages on the Microsoft service for weeks, but the company is yet to close what appears to be a gaping hole in its software.Instead, Redmond has advised Skype users to change their account passwords. But complaints are building up about the lack of communication coming out of the Microsoft camp regarding what seems to be a Skype security flaw.The problem first appeared late last month. One Skype user, posting in a thread that now runs to 22 pages long, said: I received a message earlier today from a...
  • Microsoft begins rollout of Skype for Business

    04/14/2015 6:58:18 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 14 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | on Apr 15, 2015 9:26 AM (AUS) | Russell Brown
    Lync to be retired. Microsoft's April update for Office 2013 is more than just a Patch Tuesday: for some users, it includes the new Skype for Business. A relatively low-key announcement from Microsoft today signals the beginning of the end for Lync, the Office collaboration tool that has run in parallel with Skype in the three years since Microsoft bought Skype. Office 365 customers using Lync Online are the first to receive Skype for Business Online in a rollout that will continue through into May. Skype for Business is also now available as a standalone plan.
  • Instant Translation – No Longer Sci-Fi

    12/19/2014 9:45:37 AM PST · by goldstategop · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/19/2014 | Rory Cellan-Jones
    In any case, Skype's Translator and its rivals have some way to go before they can match the abilities of a skilled human linguist. You would not want them involved in vital negotiations between world leaders for example. But over the next decade, you can expect to chat to friends whose language you don't share without stopping to flick through a dictionary.
  • Microsoft Unveils Near-Real Time Language Translation For Skype

    05/28/2014 2:26:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/28 | Parmy Olson
    Skype hopes to make its international connections easier — though perhaps still a little awkward — with a new feature that automatically translates conversations almost in real time.Parent company Microsoft unveiled the new technology at the Code technology conference on Tuesday, where Skype vice president Gurdeep Pall made small talk in English with a German-speaking Skype manager in Europe.After saying a sentence in English, an automated voice translated his words into German. (You can watch the video here.)It’s not quite the real-time universal translator that characters on “Star Trek” used to speak to alien life forms. And inevitably for a technology...
  • Microsoft Shows Off Real-Time Skype Translator

    05/27/2014 11:19:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Malaysia Star ^ | Wednesday May 28, 2014
    Microsoft Corp showed off a test version of a real-time, spoken-word translation service for Skype calls on Tuesday, the first time the world's largest software company has demonstrated the breakthrough technology publicly in the United States. Skype Translator, as it is currently called, allows speakers in different languages to hear the other's words spoken in their own language, according to a demo introduced by chief executive officer Satya Nadella at the Code Conference technology gathering in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
  • Online Wedding: First 'Skype' Marriage Performed in Saudi

    05/01/2014 2:05:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, May 01, 2014
    A Saudi man studying in the United States married a girl in the Gulf Kingdom through the advanced Skype video communication system and a newspaper said it was the first “Skype” marriage to be performed in the conservative Gulf Kingdom. Sheikh Fawaz Al Nafeei conducted the marriage rites at the bride’s home in the western Saudi town of Kharma after getting approval from the couple’s families and the groom through Skype, Okaz Arabic language daily said. “At first I was surprised when they asked me to consummate the marriage this way…but then I agreed because it does not contradict with...
  • World Cup Security Concerns Grow as Santos Fan is Beaten to Death...

    02/27/2014 12:08:48 AM PST · by Cindy · 11 replies
    DAILY MAIL [UK] ^ | February 25, 2014 | by Mike Dawes
    SNIPPET: "Security concerns ahead of this summer's Brazilian World Cup have increased after a football fan was beaten to death in host city Sao Paulo." SNIPPET: "There are serious concerns about the safety of travelling supporters at this summer's World Cup after more than 30 people were killed in 2013 as a result of football-related violence. One of Brazil’s biggest criminal gangs last year promised a ‘Tournament of Terror’. The threat was issued by Sau Paulo's 'First Capital of the Command', who in 2012 was a group behind the murder of more than a hundred of the city’s police officers."
  • Microsoft To Can Skype API; Third-Party Products Will Not Work

    11/02/2013 10:29:32 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 7 replies
    slashdot ^ | Friday November 01, 2013 @08:01PM | timothy, Mark Gibbs
    "If you've recently fired up Skype you may have noticed a dialog box with a warning appear briefly (at least on OS X) then vanish. If you're fast enough to catch it you'll find that it's warning you that some application you're using that works with Skype will stop working in December, 2013. This applies to all sorts of software supporting headsets, cameras, ... you name it."
  • Common Core – The Qatar Connection

    08/24/2013 10:39:07 AM PDT · by Mortrey · 20 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | August 24, 2013 | Maggie
    The Muslim Brotherhood has been associated with Islam-biased K-12 textbooks identified by Citizens for National Security(CFNS) and Act for America. The textbooks in the CFNS study contained pro-Islamic misinformation, and material that provided negative misinformation about Israel, Judaism, and Christianity.
  • Skype will come with Windows 8.1, Microsoft confirms

    08/16/2013 8:35:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    C/NET ^ | 08/16/2013 | Lance Whitney
    Skype for Windows 8. (Credit: Microsoft) Consumers who upgrade to Windows 8.1 will find Skype already part of the package.Microsoft confirmed Thursday that Skype will be included in Windows 8.1 right from the get-go. In a blog announcing the news, Microsoft emphasized its theme of connecting and sharing:We believe that connecting and sharing should be a seamless part of every Windows experience. Over 300 million people today use Skype for the most personal connections in their lives, sharing those everyday moments big and small across messaging, audio and video calling. With Windows 8.1, Skype is included right from (the) Start,...
  • Using a PC to make phone calls...

    08/13/2013 12:03:08 PM PDT · by topher · 102 replies
    August 13, 2013 | Vanity
    There are various things out there. But I could not find something to set this up. VoIP (Voice over IP) has been around for a long time. I would not mind just using headphones and a microphone to make the phone call. There is a website that will give you a Washington state telephone number. But I am not sure how you set up the VoIP part. I tried to see if there were any other threads on this. I guess using SKYPE is one way to do this, but not to call someone else who has a real...
  • Microsoft helped defeat encryption for NSA on Outlook, SkyDrive, Skype

    07/12/2013 7:19:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/12/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    <p>I’d call this another reason to go Mac, except that Apple also cooperated with NSA in accessing customer activities. Second look at Linux?</p> <p>Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users’ communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company’s own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.</p>
  • Hilarious Skype Bombing Brings Halt To Witness Testimony In George Zimmerman Trial

    07/03/2013 9:14:18 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 69 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 7-3-2013 | TSG
    As a witness in the George Zimmerman murder trial testified this morning via Skype, pranksters watching the case bombarded the man’s account with calls, forcing the judge to interrupt the man’s testimony. As seen in the above video, Gordon Scott Pleasants, a criminal justice professor at Seminole State College, was testifying about Zimmerman taking a criminal investigation course when the Skype meltdown occurred. Pleasants, who was in Colorado, was about two minutes into his testimony when a steady barrage of incoming call boxes began popping up on the Skype screen. Each call was accompanied by a loud “pinging” sound. “I...
  • Nine Companies Tied to PRISM, Obama Will Be Smacked With Class-Action Lawsuit Wednesday

    06/11/2013 5:08:43 PM PDT · by Fred · 18 replies
    US News ^ | 61113 | Steven Nelson
    Former Justice Department prosecutor Larry Klayman amended an existing lawsuit against Verizon and a slew of Obama administration officials Monday to make it the first class-action lawsuit in response to the publication of a secret court order instructing Verizon to hand over the phone records of millions of American customers on an "ongoing, daily basis." Klayman told U.S. News he will file a second class-action lawsuit Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia targeting government officials and each of the nine companies listed in a leaked National Security Agency slideshow as participants in the government's PRISM...
  • BREAKING NSA UPDATE: U.S. Intelligence Mining U.S. Citizen Data From NINE U.S. Internet Companies…

    06/06/2013 5:53:21 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 40 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 6-6-2013 | Mara Zebest
    UPDATE: Why Govt. Source leaked PRISMAdditional information is being reported that confirms what most of us have always suspected. NSA is collecting all our email data, tracking our movements, our photographs, our documents, etc. Also factor in the fact that a court recently ruled that Obama is free to collect our DNA without being found guilty of any crime. National Security Agency (NSA) building designed for massive data collection in Utah:WaPo reports the following:The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection...
  • What I Would Do with Netflix if I Were Facebook and Just Acquired Them

    01/09/2013 2:01:35 PM PST · by publius321 · 6 replies
    "People LOVE to watch movies together. When I look back over my decades past, through various life stages, among the common memories I remember with pleasure are the "movie nights" with old friends. I know I'm not unique in that regard. I suspect there are tens of millions around the country, just like me who have moved far enough away from the old home town to make those get-togethers with old friends implausible. Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) has done a masterful job of re-creating the connections between old friends. These friends might not have otherwise stepped..." (continued)
  • September 2001 - September 2012

    09/01/2012 1:56:13 AM PDT · by Cindy · 46 replies ^ | September 1, 2012 | n/a
    Brief thoughts/quotes from the last 11 years. "Looking away, not caring, or hoping for the best are not viable options in fighting terrorism (in general) and the global jihad (specifically). Terrorism must be fought head on 24/7 and preventing terrorism is far better than just reacting to one terror-related event after another." -Cindy (July 1, 2011) ~ "WHAT DID I LEARN from the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001? OPINION: I have learned that more Americans love America than the lame-stream media will ever let on. I have learned that America's military is the finest in the world. I have...
  • Al-Arian Contempt Case Survives Challenges

    01/17/2009 11:54:34 PM PST · by Cindy · 10 replies · 383+ views
    ALEXANDRIA, VA - A federal judge on Friday cleared the way for Sami Al-Arian to stand trial for criminal contempt, ruling there is an "insufficient legal basis" for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad supporter's claim of selective government prosecution. U.S. District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema set a March 9 jury trial date for Al-Arian.
  • FBI-Sponsored Backdoors

    10/13/2011 4:22:19 PM PDT · by FritzG · 13 replies
    Schneier on Security ^ | 07 Oct 2011 | Bruce Schneier
    From a review of Susan Landau's Surveillance or Security?: To catch up with the new technologies of malfeasance, FBI director Robert Mueller traveled to Silicon Valley last November to persuade technology companies to build "backdoors" into their products. If Mueller’s wish were granted, the FBI would gain undetected real-time access to suspects’ Skype calls, Facebook chats, and other online communications­and in "clear text," the industry lingo for unencrypted data. Backdoors, in other words, would make the Internet -- and especially its burgeoning social media sector -- "wiretappable." This is one of the cyber threats I talked about last week: insecurities...
  • Microsoft Wants to Patent High-Tech Snoop Software

    06/29/2011 1:25:16 PM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 5 replies ^ | 06/29/11 12:16 PM PT | Richard Adhikari
    A recently surfaced Microsoft patent focuses on technology that could be used to spy on VoIP users' conversations without the detection of participants. Redmond originally applied for the patent in 2009, well before its move to buy up VoIP provider Skype. This technology may have been developed with an eye to selling it to government agencies. Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) has applied for a patent on technology that may let its user secretly intercept Voice over IP (VoIP) communications, amend the content and store it. The application was filed in December 2009 and was recently made public. The technology could allow...
  • Attention Skype users: Is Skype still down for you?

    06/09/2011 2:13:01 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    Skype went down a couple days ago. I just tried to connect and it's still crashing for me. If any of you have been able to successfully connect, then the problem may be on my end.
  • Microsoft/Skype To Shape Net Neutrality

    06/07/2011 6:08:35 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 10 replies
    Media Post ^ | June 6th | Gavin O'Malley
    If and when Microsoft is allowed to buy Skype, what will it do with the Web-calling company? And how might the deal impact the state of Net neutrality at home and abroad? The New York Times, for one, doesn’t have answers or either question. Some experts tell the NYT that Microsoft will likely intensify Skype’s lobbying efforts in Europe, “providing a strong ally in a fight that could require European operators to open their networks to economic competitors.” Others, however, expect Microsoft to retreat, “either dropping Skype’s critical line of argument in Brussels or striking a deal to share revenue...
  • Seriously? Skype, too?

    05/13/2011 9:12:02 AM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 4 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 05-12-11 | Cultural Limits
    Just when you thought gentlemanly business competition was coming back to America…. Back in the ‘90’s, when all the bank mergers were happening and there was a massive consolidation of the defense industry going on, The Onion featured a headline that read something to the effect that Business has been Consolidated to Six Corporations. That’s about what it felt like at the time. Never mind anti-trust or the laws on vertical integration to prevent monopolies, competition was going out of style (and under a Democratic administration, too. Imagine that). That headline popped into my consciousness this week when I heard...
  • How Microsoft Caused the DotCom Bubble and why their Skype ‘Hail Mary’ is irrelevant

    05/11/2011 7:45:01 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 29 replies
    The Big Picture [] ^ | May 11th, 2011, 7:25AM | Barry Ritholtz
    Since the mid-nineties, I have nurtured a thesis about the dotcom bubble, tech bust, and the role Microsoft played in it. The opportunity to discuss it has never came up. That is, until Microsoft’s purchase of Skype yesterday. I have long argued that while Microsoft might have begun life as a software firm, it long ago morphed into something that was more a very clever IP/marketing firm with a huge tactical legal advantage that gave rise to a monopoly, rather than a true technology company. Microsoft remains hugely profitable today, but increasingly irrelevant. Their purchase of Skype is an attempt...
  • 14 And 50: These Two Numbers Explain Why Microsoft Dropped $8.5 Billion On Skype

    05/11/2011 7:03:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/11/2011 | Pascal Emmanuel-Gobry
    The big news yesterday was Microsoft's acquisition of Skype for a striking sticker price of $8.5 billion. Most people stopped at the price, expressing surprise that Microsoft could spend so much money for a company that had recently been spun out at a $2.5 billion valuation. But here are two numbers that explain the logic behind the deal: $14.7 and 50. What do they mean? $14.70 is what Microsoft paid per user for Skype. By contrast, Atomic Inc points out, when eBay bought Skype back in 2005, they paid $45.60 per user. So Skype's price went up, but its price...
  • Microsoft confirms $8.5 billion Skype purchase

    05/10/2011 11:09:01 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 26 replies ^ | 05/10/2011 | TT/The Local/pvs
    Skype, the IP telephony company founded and part-owned by Swedish entrepreneur Niklas Zennström, has been bought bought by US software giant Microsoft, the firms confirmed on Tuesday afternoon. The statement confirmed speculation over the deal to buy the firm, whose product allows users to conduct video and telephone calls over the internet. Microsoft confirmed that the deal is worth some $8.5 billion, dwarfing the $6 billion the US firm paid for online advertising firm aQuantive in 2007 and its largest acquisition since its founding in 1975. The news of the pending deal has shocked analysts who consider the price to...
  • MicroSkype is a trillion dollar company

    05/10/2011 1:44:16 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 12 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | May 10, 2011, 2:23 PM ET | Cody Willard
    Microsoft is to buy Skype for $8.5 billion. Let’s analyze the price Microsoft paid for Skype, the reason why Microsoft bought Skype and how we should trade our Microsoft now. First off, let’s talk price. $8.5 billion is a lot of money and as a Softee shareholder, I do wish they’d only paid the $7 billion plus as was originally reported by the WSJ last night. But $8.5 billion, including debt, appears to be the price that Softee’s paying for this wildly successful Voice-Over-IP company that has 100 million more registered users in its network than even the vaunted Facebook....
  • Did Microsoft overpay for Skype? Hell yes — by $4.5 billion.

    05/10/2011 1:06:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 05/10/2011 | Steve O'Hear
    With Microsoft having confirmed its acquisition of Skype, sources tell TechCrunch Europe that Redmond outbid its closest rival, Google, by almost two-to-one. Meanwhile, Facebook is said to have never been in the running. According to a source who claims knowledge of talks held between all parties, Google came in second at a price of $4B, while Microsoft will be paying $8.5B. This suggests that Redmond is paying significantly over the odds for Skype, although only time will tell if it turns out to be a smart deal. What is known is that had Microsoft been aware of the price that...
  • Microsoft Buys Skype for $8.5 Billion (If you can't beat then, buy them)

    05/10/2011 6:42:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | 05/10/2011 | ANDREW ROSS SORKIN and STEVE LOHR
    Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it would buy Skype Global for $8.5 billion in cash, in its largest acquisition ever. The deal will give Microsoft a boost in voice and video communications, allowing the company to leverage Skype’s technology on platforms including Xbox 360, Kinect and Outlook. It may also help Microsoft’s fledging mobile telephone offering, which lags far behind Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems. In 2010, Skype users had 207 billion minutes of voice and video conversations. “Skype is a phenomenal service that is loved by millions of people around the world,” Microsoft’s chief executive, Steven Ballmer,...
  • Microsoft buying Skype in 7 Billion dollar deal

    05/09/2011 7:37:49 PM PDT · by rawhide · 30 replies
    marketwatch.complus ^ | 5-9-11 | Michael Kitchen
    Microsoft Corp. is nearing a deal worth more than $7 billion to buy Internet-phone provider Skype Technologies SA, The Wall Street Journal reported late Monday, citing people familiar with the matter. Talks on the deal were wrapping up Monday evening, with an agreement to be announced as early as Tuesday, the report said, but added the transaction could still fall apart.
  • Skype bug gives attackers access to Mac OS X machines

    05/06/2011 4:33:50 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 36 replies
    The Register ^ | 6th May 2011 19:40 GMT | By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
    '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. “The long and the short of it is that an attacker needs only to send a victim a message and they can gain remote control of the victim's Mac,” Gordon Maddern of Australian security consultancy Pure Hacking blogged on Friday. “It is extremely wormable and dangerous.” The vulnerability, which Maddern said isn't present in the Windows or Linux versions of the popular VoIP program, was confirmed...
  • China announces Skype ban to protect telco revenues

    01/01/2011 10:49:42 AM PST · by Razzz42 · 13 replies
    The Register ^ | 31st December 2010 | John Leyden
    ...The decision was made by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology but no date for its implementation was announced, the Peoples' Daily reports. Skype denied knowledge of the impending ban. "“Users in China currently can access Skype via TOM Online, our majority JV partner," the eBay subsidiary told Mashable, via a statement. Other countries, including Panama, have tried to outlaw VoIP services for similar economically protectionist reasons. However such bans are difficult to enforce in practice because there are always workarounds, at least for tech savvy users. China is a world leader in censoring the net, routinely restricting...
  • Make absolutely free calls from iPod Touch (and iPhone and iPad)

    12/22/2010 11:29:17 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 12 replies · 3+ views
    Today's iPhone ^ | December 21, 2010 | BY BRYCE DANIEL
    I get a lot of readers asking me, “How can I make free calls from my iPod Touch?” Well, the answer is much simpler than you may think. It involves only 4 major steps and in fact, it takes maybe a whole 15 minutes out of your day to do this. After that, you are free to make and receive calls from an actual phone number as well as text and receive texts.
  • Opinions of Skype

    09/13/2010 8:25:09 PM PDT · by pfflier · 47 replies
    My sister-in-law just joined Skype and is trying to drum up contacts. I am leery of anything "free" on the internet and see that Skype has some parts that are pay-to-use. I also assume, like facebook, they may have porous security or may exploit their member's personal information.Any opinions would be appreciated.
  • Soldier in Afghanistan Able to See Daughter’s Birth in Missouri!

    07/29/2010 6:48:23 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 6 replies
    Reflections of a Paralytic ^ | 7-29-10 | Chelsea Zimmerman
    This is just awesome!!! From the Jefferson City News Tribune: HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) — Army Capt. David Cooper was in Afghanistan when his daughter was born in Missouri. But thanks to technology, he was able to not only witness the birth but help coach his wife through labor. David and his wife Laurie used Skype and, though they had some trouble connecting throughout the day, it worked perfectly for two hours before Charlotte Rose was born. Laurie says she and hospital staff were able to see the sun come up in Afghanistan as the baby was being born just after...
  • Gitmo Detainees Serve Time By Playing Games, Talking to Family on Skype, Taking Classes

    07/15/2010 4:27:20 AM PDT · by CharlesThe Hammer · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | 7/13/2010 | Mike Levine
    President Obama has not fulfilled his pledge to close the detainee prison at Guantanamo Bay, but he has brought Skype, Playstation3 and "life skills" classes to the detainees at the island facility.
  • Total Absolute Vanity-Need help with Skype and it's all Obama and Granholm's FaultH

    12/09/2009 4:45:54 PM PST · by cyclotic · 17 replies · 541+ views
    Vanity ^ | 12/9/2009 | Cyclotic
    Sorry about the vanity, but, since FReepers are the best out there, I hope one of you will be able to help me out with a vexing computer problem with Skype. Thanks to the massive mishandling of Michigan's and the Nation's economy, I've been forced to move from Michigan to Maryland for a new job. The family is back home and much of our communication is via Skype. Whenever we talk (audio and video) there is a consistent beeping coming from the computer speakers in Michigan. It happen on both their desktop and laptop and only on calls from me....
  • Exclusive: Google Has Acquired Gizmo5

    11/09/2009 11:07:20 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 288+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Monday, November 9, 2009 | Michael Arrington
    Last month Skype was in talks to acquire VoIP startup Gizmo5. It was a perfect backup plan in case all that IP litigation didn't work out. Gizmo5's SIP infrastructure could theoretically replace Skype's proprietary P2P back end. After the Skype settlement, though, Gizmo5's strategic value to Skype sort of plummeted. In the meantime, Google bought them, say multiple sources with knowledge of the deal, for around $30 million in cash. The deal is done, say our sources, and will be announced shortly. Gizmo5 is a good fit with a number of Google products. Google Talk allows voice calls between users...
  • Skype could be cut off for good over dispute

    07/31/2009 11:56:20 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 9 replies · 1,120+ views
    Times Online (U.K.) ^ | July 31, 2009 | Mike Harvey
    Skype might have to shut down because of a dispute over the core technology used to make the internet telephone system work. EBay, which paid $2.6 billion (£1.6 billion) for the voice-over-the-internet system in 2005, is facing a court battle with the original founders of the company who retained the rights to the technology at the heart of the system. EBay admitted in a regulatory filing that it might have to close down the company. It said it was trying to develop alternative software but if that did not work, or if eBay lost the right to the original software:...
  • Skype Unloved

    04/15/2009 9:53:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies · 639+ views
    Forbes ^ | 04.15.09 | Vidya Ram
    Having failed in its attempt to sell Skype, eBay is now poised to carve off the business via an initial public offering. That could be a gamble. Market conditions allowing, the online-auction titan will float Skype next year, eBay chief executive John Donohoe said late on Tuesday. This suggests that eBay's apparent sale talks with Skype's Scandinavian founders, Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, and three private equity groups, have broken down. The bidders had reportedly been offering eBay around $2.0 billion for the business, $600.0 million less than what the founders had sold it to eBay for in 2005. (See...
  • Skype iPhone app is released and all hell breaks loose for FCC and AT&T

    04/05/2009 9:06:13 AM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 28 replies · 1,319+ views
    Computer World ^ | April 4, 2009 | Seth Weintraub
    Skype has been on Windows Mobile/Windows CE since 2004. I remember trying it out a few years ago on a T-Mobile device here in the US. It didn't seem like a big deal. Perhaps because at that point there was only GPRS speeds for data and the application (and the OS) were so clunky, that the ten unintuitive steps I had to do to activate Skype made it too tedious. It got uninstalled. Fast forward a few years. 3G wireless data speeds are more than capable of carrying voice data. Even high quality, better-than-landline SILK audio codec data is easy...
  • Sneak Peek at Skype for iPhone, Available Tuesday

    03/30/2009 2:47:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies · 572+ views
    PC World ^ | 3/30/09 | Daniel Ionescu
    Skype is set to launch its iPhone application Tuesday, bringing its much-anticipated Net-based phone service to Apple's mobile platform. With the Skype iPhone app, users will be able to make free calls using Wi-Fi to other Skype users as well as use their Skype accounts to make reduced price calls to traditional landline phones. Skype announced its iPhone application will be available on Tuesday for free, with a version for the BlackBerry available in May. Mobile versions of Skype are already available for Nokia, Windows Mobile, and Google Android phones. From what we can tell, the Skype for iPhone looks...
  • Skype calls' immunity to police phone tapping threatened [EU, NSA want wiretaps]

    03/04/2009 11:36:54 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies · 576+ views
    IDG News Service ^ | 2009-02-23 | Paul Meller
    Suspicious phone conversations on Skype could be targeted for tapping as part of a pan-European crackdown on what law authorities believe is a massive technical loophole in current wiretapping laws, allowing criminals to communicate without fear of being overheard by the police. The European investigation could also help U.S. law enforcement authorities gain access to Internet calls. The National Security Agency (NSA) is understood to believe that suspected terrorists use Skype to circumvent detection. While the police can get a court order to tap a suspect's land line and mobile phone, it is currently impossible to get a similar order...
  • Intelligence Court Rules Wiretapping Power Legal

    01/15/2009 9:51:26 AM PST · by fremont_steve · 52 replies · 3,022+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 15, 2009 | Eric Lichtblau
    WASHINGTON — A federal intelligence court, in a rare public opinion, is expected to issue a major ruling validating the power of the president and Congress to wiretap international phone calls and intercept e-mail messages without a court order, even when Americans’ private communications may be involved, according to a person with knowledge of the opinion.
  • Skype on wireless network--security issue?

    11/14/2007 8:48:47 AM PST · by rudy45 · 6 replies · 545+ views
    I've been trying to make Skype calls from the university where I study, via a wireless connection. The network has a proxy server and is WEP-encrypted, and I've configured my browser to use it, and can access web pages just fine. When I try to make a Skype call via wireless, I get a message "out of Skype credit." that's nonsense, because I have Skype unlimited. I checked some web pages and talked with some people, and they said Skype over wireless poses some security issues regarding file transfer. Can anyone give me details? They also said that if I...
  • eBay: What to Do with Skype

    10/01/2007 5:06:33 PM PDT · by anymouse · 10 replies · 74+ views
    ZDNet News ^ | Oct 1, 2007 | Marguerite Reardon
    Don't call it a bust just yet, but it's fair to say eBay executives aren't thrilled with what they're getting out of Skype, which the auction king bought for $2.6 billion two years ago. On Monday, eBay said it would take a $900 million so-called impairment write-down against the value of Skype. This means that eBay has been forced to reassess the value of the Internet telephony company relative to its overall business today. By recording a charge, the company is essentially saying that it has taken a loss on its original investment. In what looks like an attempt to...
  • Skype Found Guilty of GPL Violations

    07/27/2007 8:00:08 AM PDT · by N3WBI3 · 17 replies · 285+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 2007-07-26 | Matthew Broersma, Techworld
    Skype has been found guilty of violating the GNU General Public License (GPL) by a Munich, Germany regional court, a decision likely to influence the way companies approach GPL compliance in the future. The decision found that Skype had violated the GPL by the way it distributed a voice over IP (VoIP) handset, the SMCWSKP100, which incorporates the GPL-covered Linux kernel in its firmware. The phone is manufactured by SMC, the target of a separate case that hasn't yet been decided, but the court noted that Skype was liable to fulfill the conditions of the GPL because it sold the...
  • Mobile Carriers Tool Up To Block VoIP (Equipment to detect VoIP traffic over their networks)

    03/06/2007 1:29:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 1,254+ views
    Red Herring ^ | March 6, 2007 | Peter Purton
    Operators deploy equipment to detect VoIP traffic over their networks.Mobile phone operators around the world are investing in equipment to counter what they see as a growing threat to their voice revenues from Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). The moves add impetus to a petition that leading VoIP player Skype lodged with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last month demanding that mobile phone network operators allow their customers access to VoIP services via their mobile phones. The gear in question is Deep Packet Investigation (DPI) equipment, which analyses and identifies data packets as they flow across a carrier’s network....
  • Skype Changes Dial-Up and Mobile Pricing

    05/16/2006 12:44:34 AM PDT · by mathprof · 4 replies · 422+ views
    Skype, eBay Inc.'s Internet telephone subsidiary, has stopped charging users for dialing up people on traditional landline and cellphones in the United States and Canada. Skype, which has always offered free PC-to-PC calls around the world, said on Monday that it would offer its SkypeOut service free until the end of the year. Previously, Skype users paid about 2 cents a minute for calls to landline and mobile telephones. "Millions of consumers around the world are flocking to Skype every month, and we believe free SkypeOut calling will rapidly accelerate Skype adoption in the U.S. and Canada," said Henry Gomez,...
  • Skype Use May Make Eavesdropping Passe

    02/16/2006 1:06:25 PM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies · 865+ views
    AP ^ | 2/16/6 | PETER SVENSSON
    NEW YORK -- Even as the U.S. government is embroiled in a debate over the legality of wiretapping, the fastest-growing technology for Internet calls appears to have the potential to make eavesdropping a thing of the past. Skype, the Internet calling service recently acquired by eBay Inc., provides free voice calls and instant messaging between users. Unlike other Internet voice services, Skype calls are encrypted — encoded using complex mathematical operations. That apparently makes them impossible to snoop on, though the company leaves the issue somewhat open to question. Skype is certainly not the first application for encrypted communications on...