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Skype trojan turns your computer into a Bitcoin miner

Skype trojan turns your computer into a Bitcoin miner

There is a Skype trojan going around that is turning PCs into Bitcoin miners. So far, victims are mostly located in countries like Italy, Russia, Poland, Costa Rica, Spain, Germany, and a few others. Bitcoin Mining is a another way for users to acquire Bitcoin's currency by "making computer hardware do mathematical calculations for the Bitcoin network to confirm transactions and increase security."

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Skype users talk about 2 billion minutes a day

Skype users talk about 2 billion minutes a day

Skype has just announced that its users have broken another milestone today. As of today, Skype says that all of its users use a total of 2 billion minutes a day to call their acquaintances, friends, and family members. That's one day. Now we can see why France wants to tax the VoIP service. Skype has come a long way since its debut, and is now available on almost any device with a screen. You can get it on your PC, Mac, iOS devices, Androids, Windows Phones, and even your TV.

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Skype for Windows Phone 8 updates with HD video

Skype for Windows Phone 8 updates with HD video

The newly Microsoft-bought Skype video-chat service has received an update for Windows Phone 8. Users will now be able to call their loved ones and stream over high definition video, so make sure your hair looks good and you have your best smile on. The app also received People Hub integration, meaning that all of your Skype contacts will be available in the Windows Phone People Hub.

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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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