Archive for May, 2011

888 is the country code for UN disaster relief

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Skype partnered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to offer a special version of the Skype client for its relief workers. Now OCHA, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, is working with Voxbone to deploy 888 phone numbers so entire agencies can be directly dialed wherever [...]
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Skype says goodbye to the Oprah Winfrey show

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Melanie Salvatierra posts a remembrance of Skype?s sponsorship of The Oprah Winfrey Show, airing its last episode today. Frankly, Skype might never have reached popular awareness in the United States without Oprah?s support. Will Oprah?s new cable channel producers use Skype without being paid? Even when using Skype gives Skype final cut per section [...]
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R.I.P. Skype for Asterisk

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

I just caught two Asterisk notes. First, Digium CEO Danny Windham boiled down the big Microsoft-Skype story into one headline: Microsoft plus Skype, equals Microsoft. My favorite lines: What of the potential benefits resulting from plans for Skype integration into Microsoft?s business-class communication products, such as Lync? That remains a mystery, and calls [...]
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Hacking Skype Phonetically

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Can engineers understand what you say in an encrypted Skype call? Four researchers from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill think so. Andrew White, Austin Matthews, Kevin Snow, and Fabian Monrose presented their paper, Phonotactic Reconstruction of Encrypted VoIP Conversations: Hookt on fon-iks (PDF), yesterday to the IEEE Symposium on Security and [...]
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Will Apple’s Letter To Lodsys Save App Deelopers?

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Apple’s letter to Lodsys http://snapvoip.blogspot.com/
After being elated by Apple’s letter to Lodsys yesterday, I feel I am back to square one again. One thing is, this is not something that Apple is fighting the patent (they already licensed it)and telling Lodsys that it does not understand the agreement or there is a misunderstanding.
Even if Apple [...]

Microsoft Windows Phone 7.1 “Mango” Officially Announced.

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Microsoft Phone 7.1 “Mango” http://snapvoip.blogspot.com/
Microsoft has officially announced about Microsoft Phone “Mango” at the Microsoft?s Windows Phone VIP Reception. President of mobile communications at Microsoft, Andy Lees and senior Windows Phone product manager Derek Snyder has given a quick rundown of features and capabilities of the newest version of the Windows Phone platform, WP7.1…
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Apple To Lodsys, “Withdraw Patent Claims Against Our Developers”!

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Apple  Lodsys iOS developers http://snapvoip.blogspot.com/
Not many times I take my hat off for Apple but today is one of those days. Apple has notified Lodsys via email and a letter to leave Apple’s developers alone. That the license Apple obtained, covers all it’s developers.
Patent trolls has been out looking for easy pickings like small app [...]

Skype S-1: Where did 500 million Skype users go?

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Customer attrition makes or breaks your business. Until recently, Skype never shared details on abandonment rates. But we know Skype has roughly 170 million active users and nearly 700 million user accounts. So where did those dormant 500+ million accounts go? Skype users climb a ladder of engagement, and can fall off the [...]
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Skype withdraws SEC S-1 registration

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Why would Skype request, last Thursday, to withdraw its pre-IPO filing of August 2010? Oh. Right. ?The Company has determined not to pursue the sale of the securities covered by the Registration Statement. The Company confirms that the Registration Statement was not declared effective and no securities have been offered or sold pursuant to [...]
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USA: Does the Fourth Amendment protect your Skype data?

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in December 2010 that governments much have a search warrant to secretly seize and search emails stored by email services, ensuring protected privacy of personal communication and due process. I take it this requirement applies to Skype voice calls. Does this precedent apply to conversation [...]
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