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Skype rival Viber bought by Rakuten in e-commerce comms push

Skype rival Viber bought by Rakuten in e-commerce comms push

Skype rival Viber has been bought by Rakuten, the rapidly growing Japanese internet commerce firm, in a $900m deal that will see it push the call and messaging service as a social gaming platform. Rakuten, which already owns online retailer Play.com, ebook platform Kobo, and digital mobile content platform Viki, aims to transform Viber - which already has around 300m registered users - into a communications gateway for its other services, such as contacting online retailers with questions before a purchase is made.

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Microsoft should consider Tony Bates for CEO: Silicon Valley

Microsoft should consider Tony Bates for CEO: Silicon Valley

A report on AllThingsD this weekend made a case for Tony Bates to take outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's title. Bates is currently the EVP of business development, strategy and evangelism at Microsoft and formerly oversaw the Skype division (Microsoft took over Skype in 2011.) It would appear at least a dozen Silicon Valley "tech leaders" interviewed for the report feel Bates is the best choice for MS CEO.

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Surface 2 Review

Surface 2 Review

Microsoft really, really needs the Surface 2 to succeed. Praise around the first-generation Surface RT's hardware and design was tempered with more than a little criticism of Windows RT, and confused consumers left tablet manufacturers focusing on Windows 8 until only Microsoft's slate was left running the pared-back version. The Surface 2, then, aims to give Windows RT a second chance, but is Microsoft finally onto a winner or simply flogging a dead horse? Read on for the SlashGear review.

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Skype to end all third-party app activity in December

Skype to end all third-party app activity in December

Skype will no longer support third-party desktop application development beginning in December, the company has announced. This includes all recording, broadcasting, and other kinds of apps, but it also includes third-party hardware such as headphones with on-board call controls. Skype is offering no exceptions to the rule, as far as SlashGear can tell, and its official replacement offerings are slim to none.

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Skype improvements bring better battery life, synchronized chats

Skype improvements bring better battery life, synchronized chats

Skype has detailed some upcoming changes it is working on, all of which aim to improve the overall experience for its users. Said the company, the change in how the average consumer utilizes the service -- with mobile devices, often smartphones and tablets -- has prodded it towards beefing up its P2P connectivity technology, using the cloud to help serve as a buffer of sorts between the device and clients. With this comes new features, some of which are already available, and more that are in the works.

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Skype is working on 3D video calls says executive

Skype is working on 3D video calls says executive

In an interview with the BBC, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President for Skype, Mark Gillett, confirmed that the company is working on 3D video calling functionality. Though he warns that it will still be awhile before such a feature is available - and probably longer yet until it is widely adopted - he also states that he "can imagine a day" when 3D use is more widespread.

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Skype joins Windows 8.1 start screen app collection

Skype joins Windows 8.1 start screen app collection

To make absolute sure you know how advanced Skype has gotten over the past few months, Microsoft has announced this week that Windows 8.1 will come with the app on user start screens right out of the box. This free upgrade to the advanced and essentially remixed bit of operating system will bring about a collection of updates to Microsoft's newest software experience, and now with Skype for Windows 8.1, you'll be presented with a set of apps that's a bit more complete. Or a bit more on-par with Microsoft's vision, you might say.

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Podio Video and Audio Chat hands-on

Podio Video and Audio Chat hands-on

Project management and online workspace service Podio just launched its new video and audio chat feature today that allows collaborators to communicate face-to-face (virtually). The new video and audio features are being added to Podio's current instant messaging service, and we took some time to give it a spin for ourselves.

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