Skype

  • The biggest buys: Facebook vs Google vs Microsoft 20-02-2014 08:21 AM

    Facebook's $19 billion in cash and stock acquisition of WhatsApp is by far the company's largest and bigger than any that Google, Microsoft or Apple have ever done. The deal translates to roughly 9 per cent of Facebook's market value. In comparison, Google's biggest deal, Motorola Mobility, stood at $12.5...
  • Skype says user information safe in Syrian Electronic Army hack 04-01-2014 11:56 AM

    Los Angeles: A day after the Syrian Electronic Army said it had hacked into Skype's social media accounts, the Internet calling service acknowledged it had been hit with a "cyber attack" but said no user information was compromised. A Tweet posted on Skype's official Twitter feed on Wednesday read: "Don't...
  • Skype's social media accounts hacked by Syrian Electronic Army 02-01-2014 10:09 AM

    Los Angeles: The Syrian Electronic Army, an amorphous hacker collective that supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, claimed credit on Wednesday for hacking into the social media accounts of Internet calling service Skype. The group also posted the contact information of Steve Ballmer, Microsoft Corp's retiring chief executive, on its Twitter...
  • 'Microsoft blocks censorship of Skype in China' 28-11-2013 10:15 AM

    Beijing: Microsoft Corp. has made it harder to monitor calls and chats over its Skype phone service in China, a freedom of expression advocacy group said, as the Chinese government steps up censorship of the Internet. Skype said on Monday it had ended an eight-year joint-venture with Hong Kong-based TOM...
  • Microsoft's Skype names Indian origin engineer as its Corporate VP 31-10-2013 10:23 PM

    Chandigarh-born software engineer Gurdeep Singh Pall has been named as the corporate vice president of Skype, a popular and free international voiceover and messaging service, by Microsoft Corporation, its developer. Pall, 46, studied in Chandigarh's St John's school before completing his engineering degree in computer science from the Birla Institute...
  • India made 321 user data requests to Microsoft during January-June 29-09-2013 11:55 AM

    New Delhi: India made 321 user data requests between January to June this year to software giant Microsoft (including Skype), which disclosed subscriber/transactional data for nearly 80 per cent of those requests. For entire 2012 calendar year, Microsoft including Skype had received 471 user data requests from India. Microsoft's second...
  • Syria war crimes worsen in battle for territory: UN 11-09-2013 02:27 PM

    Geneva: UN human rights investigators said on Wednesday Syrian government forces had massacred civilians, bombed hospitals and committed other war crimes in widespread attacks to recapture territory from rebels this year. Opposition forces, including Islamist foreign fighters, have also perpetrated war crimes including executions, hostage-taking and shelling of civilian neighbourhoods,...
  • New software lets Skype users maintain eye contact while video chatting 28-08-2013 05:19 PM

    London: Skype users can now maintain eye contact while chatting - thanks to a new software. Researchers have developed a new software designed to correct the 'gaze' of people while video-chatting on Skype, without them having to remember to look at the camera. Lack of eye contact is said to...
  • Skype to come pre-installed on Windows 8.1 17-08-2013 11:11 AM

    Mumbai: Popular VoIP service Skype will be placed front-and-centre on Windows 8.1, a post on the Skype blog confirms. The service, like a host of other apps and services, will be built into the updated OS. Simply put, once users have got Windows 8.1 up and running on their systems,...
  • Skype for Android gets a major redesign as it crosses 100 mn downloads 02-07-2013 12:50 PM

    New Delhi: Skype for Android has got a major resdesign as it has crossed 100 million downloads. Having reached a milestone, the company has released the all-new Skype for Android 4.0. The company has completely redesigned Skype for Android to make it faster and easier - especially when you are...
  • Internet giants deny granting 'direct access' to servers 08-06-2013 12:40 AM

    San Francisco: Major tech companies including Apple Inc, Google and Facebook Inc on Thursday said they do not provide any government agency with "direct access" to their servers, contradicting a Washington Post report that they have granted such access under a classified data collection program. The newspaper reported that the...
  • US agents tapping servers of leading Internet companies: Report 08-06-2013 12:06 AM

    Washington: The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading US Internet companies, allowing investigators to examine e-mails, photos and other documents that can be used to track people and their contacts over time, The Washington Post reported on Thursday. The highly...
  • US govt monitoring internet activity of many people worldwide: Reports 07-06-2013 11:51 PM

    Details are now emerging that the US government allegedly has been monitoring internet activity of millions of people worldwide. The Washington Post and The Guardian are reporting that the National Security Agency (NSA) and the FBI are tapping directly into the servers of nine leading Internet companies, including Microsoft, Yahoo,...
  • Skype helped Gemma Arterton stay in shape 05-05-2013 06:22 PM

    Los Angeles: Actress Gemma Arterton worked out with her trainer with the help of Skype while shooting for a film. She had to workout six days a week when she was in Ireland for 'Byzantium'. "It's the new thing, we've decided, because I was filming in Ireland. I hate working...
  • Microsoft integrates Skype into Outlook.com 30-04-2013 12:27 PM

    New Delhi: Microsoft has rolled out a preview version of Skype for Outlook.com. The preview version has already been rolled out in the United Kingdom and will be made available in the United States and Germany in the coming weeks. In the coming months, audio and video calling powered by...
  • Skype coming to BlackBerry 10 devices 25-04-2013 12:08 PM

    Toronto: BlackBerry said on Wednesday it plans to fill one of the biggest gaps in the app line-up on its new BlackBerry 10 devices with a long-awaited Skype application. Skype, which was acquired by Microsoft Corp in 2011, allows its users to communicate via voice, video or chat over the...
  • New technology allows governments to tap conversations on Skype 22-11-2012 04:21 PM

    London: New eavesdropping technology could allow government agencies to 'silently record' conversations on internet chat services like Skype. Until now, so called voice over internet protocol (VoIP) services have been difficult to tap into, because of the way they send information over the web. The services convert analogue audio signals...
  • New version of Skype for Android launched, optimised for tablets 21-11-2012 02:38 PM

    New Delhi: Skype has announced the new version - version 3.0 - of Skype for Android, which is optimised to scale to tablet's bigger screen. The update features a restyled interface. "With our redesigned look and feel, Skype looks great no matter what screen size you have - either on...
  • Cyberwills to protect web user's online legacies after death 19-11-2012 05:13 PM

    London: People concerned about what remains on the internet when they die are compiling 'digital wills' to help erase any embarrassing online legacies, it has emerged. Increasing number of Britons are leaving their passwords, login details, passwords and detailed instructions to digital executors who then use that personal information to...
  • Skype fixes security flaw 15-11-2012 12:20 PM

    Moscow: Skype has resolved a security bug that made it possible for hackers to steal accounts, the popular internet phone service said. "We... have made updates to the password reset process today so that it is now working properly," Skype said in its blog post Wednesday. "We are reaching out...
  • Microsoft to drop Windows Live Messenger, switch to Skype 08-11-2012 02:52 PM

    New York: Microsoft is dropping its instant-messaging program and forcing most users to switch to Skype. Maintaining Windows Live Messenger made less sense after Microsoft Corp. bought Skype for $8.5 billion last year. A new version of Skype released a few weeks ago allows users to sign in with a...
  • Microsoft acquires Skype for $8.5 bn 15-10-2011 09:13 AM

    Moscow: Software giant Microsoft has bought Internet communications company Skype for $8.5 billion in its largest ever acquisition deal, Microsoft said Friday. "Skype is a phenomenal product and brand that is loved by hundreds of millions of people around the world. We look forward to working with the Skype team...
  • Skype buying group message system GroupMe 23-08-2011 07:11 AM

    New York: Skype is expanding even before it gets absorbed by Microsoft Corp. The online communications service said Monday that it plans to buy GroupMe, which provides group text messaging. Skype lets users make calls, conduct video chats and send instant messages over the Web. Its basic services are free,...
  • FB vs Google: social media gets competitive 09-07-2011 10:47 AM

    As Google launches its social networking site, Facebook teams up with Skype to keep its competitive edge. ...
  • Facebook adds Skype video chat, group messaging 07-07-2011 06:30 AM

    Palo Alto: Facebook will add Skype video chat to its pages, aiming to spice up the appeal of the world's No. 1 Internet social networking service while fending off increased competition from Google. The agreement, announced by Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg at the company's Palo Alto, California, headquarters on...
  • Facebook, Skype to launch video chat service 05-07-2011 09:27 AM

    Houston: Just as Google's next big thing 'Google Plus' is all set to launch, Facebook and Skype are about to strike a deal that would bring the video chatting service to the social networking site. With Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promising an "awesome" new feature on July 6, Skype, which...