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Microsoft Skype buy approved by EU

Microsoft Skype buy approved by EU

It appears that last May's Microsoft acquisition of Skype has finally been approved by the EU. This Friday Microsoft can officially say that, at least in Europe, it'll be able to purchase Skype for $8.5 billion. The European Commission noted that it found both firms activities "overlapped for video communications, where Microsoft is active through its Windows Live Messenger." This of course is noted in regards to competition and whether or not there are "competition concerns" in the deal.

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Skype boosts Android video calling (but adds ads) in v2.5

Skype boosts Android video calling (but adds ads) in v2.5

Skype has added video calling support for Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, the original Google Nexus One and the Motorola Photon 4G, as well as a host of other Android devices. Skype for Android v2.5 adds fourteen new phones and tablets to the compatibility list, bringing the total to 41, as well as adding support for switching between portrait and landscape orientation midway through a video call.

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iPhone Skype vulnerability allows address book content theft

iPhone Skype vulnerability allows address book content theft

iPhone users need to pay attention to this vulnerability in the iOS version of Skype that has been discovered. Apparently, the vulnerability allows for the theft of all your address book content as easily as sending you a chat message. The way the attack works is that the person sending you a chat message would enter Javascript commands into the user name of the Skype account.

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Windows 8 phone functionality spotted

Windows 8 phone functionality spotted

Windows 8 could support voice calls, it's been suggested, after a Metro UI tile for phone functionality was spotted during a BUILD 2011 session last week. The slide, istartedsomething caught, has a Windows Phone 7 style "Missed Calls" dialog complete with times and dates of recent incoming voice calls. However, it's also possible that this could be a VoIP service, or indeed some form of wireless call management when pairing a Windows 8 tablet or phone with a Windows Phone 7 handset.

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Fring gets Google+ Hangouts-style “Playgrounds” group video chat

Fring gets Google+ Hangouts-style “Playgrounds” group video chat

Popular four-way video chat app, Fring, has just added a new feature that they're calling "Playgrounds." This addition seems to mimic the Google+ Hangouts feature in that it lets people more freely and casually join in on group video chats. But Fring takes it a step further by making Playgrounds group chats completely open so that people who join in do not have to know each other first.

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Skype Launches Third Party App Directory

Skype Launches Third Party App Directory

Just as we find Skype picking up its latest awesome relatively-new app group in GroupMe group chat service, the video chatting group has now launched their very own app directory for third party apps working with Skype's telephony service. At the moment the platform is rather sparse, but as with what seems like every move Skype has made in the past few months especially, this program has great potential. As Skype's brand power and collection of users grows, so too does this Skype App Directory have the possibility of growing with it - what wonders will we find?

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Skype Acquires GroupMe after the latter has a Major Update

Skype Acquires GroupMe after the latter has a Major Update

As the video and instant chat group Skype announced today, GroupMe has been acquired by big blue, this the latest in a long long of acquisitions and partnerships that have been unfolding over the past few months in the group chat world. Most notably Facebook has tied up with Skype for video chat on Facebook and Microsoft has acquired Skype, this agreement getting FTC approval just this June - this possibly leading to Skype on Windows Phone 7 soon having been on Android for several months with video calling, hitting the iPad and iPad 2 earlier this month.

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Skype WiFi Now Available On iOS For Accessing Over 1 Million Hotspots

Skype WiFi Now Available On iOS For Accessing Over 1 Million Hotspots

Skype has just rolled out a new iOS app called Skype WiFi that will allow users to access over 1 million WiFi hotspots around the world. If you travel abroad frequently, this app will come in handy as it allows you to avoid data roaming charges. Whenever you need to check email or make a quick Skype call, you can simply use the app on a per minute basis than be charged hefty data fees.

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