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Engineers win the Queen Elizabeth prize for creating the internet

Engineers win the Queen Elizabeth prize for creating the internet

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering goes to none other than the creators of the internet. There isn't anyone better than those engineers that I can think of who deserve the award more. Each of the 5 engineers will be rewarded 1 million pounds, or about $1.5 million each. The internet and the world wide web have changed the world's way of life, with over 2.1 billion people using the internet every single day.

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France wants to tax Skype

France wants to tax Skype

Arcep, a French regulator, has been demanding Microsoft to register Skype as a telecommunications operator in order to comply with local law. The regulator believes that the VoIP service needs to comply with the obligations of a normal telecommunications operator, such as the need to route emergency calls and integrate a system that would allow legal wiretapping on its service. Arcep has been trying to get Skype to become a telecommunications operator since April 2012.

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Iran blocks VPNs to enforce internet filter

Iran blocks VPNs to enforce internet filter

Iran has blocked the use of Virtual Private Networks that they deemed "illegal". Authorities on the subject said that Iranians were using these VPNs to get around the government internet filter and have been using them to access "illegal" and restricted sites and services. The authorities stated that users are still able to purchase legal and government-registered VPNs, because some users, like those who work at financial institutions, need the VPNs for extra security.

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Skype for iOS updates with automatic call recovery, IM improvements

Skype for iOS updates with automatic call recovery, IM improvements

Today Skype released an update for the iPhone and iPad, both of which are getting some exclusive new features. Both devices now have automatic call recovery, meaning that dropped calls will result in an automatic redialing right away. There's also a fix to IM conversations, that make them appear in the correct order this time around, and finally a new opt-in/out selector when registering in the app.

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Skype: We’re not powering Facebook’s Messenger phone calls

Skype: We’re not powering Facebook’s Messenger phone calls

Facebook's new Messenger voice call feature, offering free VoIP over WiFi, is not powered by Skype's technology the company has confirmed, despite previous partnerships between the two. The new voice-calling Messenger app, which Facebook unveiled this week, does not rely on Skype's back-end technology, Skype told SlashGear today. Facebook expects to roll out the feature to iOS users in the US over the course of the next few days.

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Skype for iOS updates with Microsoft account login, animated emoticons

Skype for iOS updates with Microsoft account login, animated emoticons

After updating their Android app with Microsoft account login abilities, Skype is doing the same for its iOS app today. The company has issued an update for the app that follows along with their plans to merge Windows Live Messenger with Skype. Along with the Microsoft account login, the app adds animated emoticons and a few other welcomed additions that users will find useful.

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A Google plan to kill carriers with WiFi is all too believable

A Google plan to kill carriers with WiFi is all too believable

Could you live your mobile life on WiFi? Attempts to ween users off of expensive, subsidized smartphone deals have been more successful this year than every before; word earlier today that Google had acquired a WiFi hotspot company - and which later turned out to be false - was believable in part because the search company is a prime candidate for ousting cellular from the mobile equation. The ICOA deal may be fake, but Google's appetite to ditch the traditional carriers and strike out more or less alone isn't new.

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Skype 3.0 arrives on Android with Microsoft login and new tablet UI

Skype 3.0 arrives on Android with Microsoft login and new tablet UI

Skype just released version 3.0 on Android, which brings its new Microsoft account login feature, as well a revamped Android user interface. Skype has optimized the new tablet UI for the Galaxy Tab 2, Nexus 7, the Transformer Prime from ASUS, and a few others. Menus and navigation have been redesigned to make use of the extra screen real estate, and while the home screen still exists on the phone version, your contact list will be front and center most of the time on a tablet.

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