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Skype protocol reverse engineered and source offered for download

Skype protocol reverse engineered and source offered for download

This news will not make Skype happy at all. A hacker by the name of Efim Bushmanov that calls himself a freelance researcher has announced that he has reverse engineered Skype and offered the source code up for download. Bushmanov says that he aims to make Skype open source and is looking for friends that can spend the "many hours" needed to completely reverse engineer the software.

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Skype is down, cause under investigation [Update: Fix!]

Skype is down, cause under investigation [Update: Fix!]

The number of people that use Skype to communicate with friends, family and co-workers is huge. The VOIP service has been around for a long time and is one of the most popular services of the type out there. The last time we talked about Skype was when the company was being eyed for purchase by Google and Microsoft. Microsoft eventually purchased Skype and Google is known to have been in the running before backing away from the deal.

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Bill Gates “strong proponent” for Skype deal; Microsoft bypassing carriers?

Bill Gates “strong proponent” for Skype deal; Microsoft bypassing carriers?

Microsoft's acquisition of Skype may have proved controversial thanks to the big sums involved - $8.5bn in cash, no less - but according to chairman Bill Gates it's not just "a great deal for Microsoft" but something he personally was pushing for. "I was a strong proponent at the board level for the deal being done" Gates told the BBC about what is Microsoft's largest ever acquisition, suggesting that it would "be fascinating to see how the brilliant ideas out of Microsoft research, coming together with Skype, what they can make of that." However, others suggest that rather than just having improved video conferencing in its sights, Microsoft is actually looking to do what, so far, Apple and Google have failed to achieve: undermine the carriers.

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Post-PC is Over! (If You Want It)

Post-PC is Over! (If You Want It)

Welcome to the future, the one past Dr Frink's vision for computers so large and so expensive that only the five richest kings of Europe would own them. This is a misquote, in so many words, of Thomas John Watson, Sr., president of IBM from 1914 until 1956, a period of some earth-shattering growth. Of course Watson, in his infinite wisdom as the world's greatest salesman, could never have predicted an environment such as the one we live in today where Post-PC doesn't mean that the stationary computer is gone, it means that the PC plays an inalienable role in a much bigger scheme of form factors, interfaces, and ways of connecting these devices via digital means.

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SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – May 15, 2011

SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – May 15, 2011

This past week's Google I/O developer conference brought lots of Google news involving Android, Google Music Beta, Google TV, Android Market, and Chromebooks. The keynotes for both days of the event were live casted, but just in case you weren't following along, we've highlighted them again. Various bits of news and videos were released this week from manufacturers Samsung, LG, and HTC, while a surprise announcement came late Saturday from Sony announcing that they've begun restoring the PlayStation Network.

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Google said no to buying Skype

Google said no to buying Skype

The biggest news of the week and perhaps the biggest merger news of the year happened yesterday when Microsoft announced that it was purchasing Skype for $8.5 billion. Microsoft quickly started to name off many of its plans for the service and was tickled to death to have grabbed Skype when Google and Facebook were eying the purchase. Wired has a very interesting story from insiders at Google that have come forward to note that Microsoft didn't take Skype for Google, rather Google didn't want Skype after all.

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Microsoft Bought Skype for the Brand

Microsoft Bought Skype for the Brand

The fact that Skype has been in sale mode hasn't been a total secret. When Ebay sold off a massive chunk of the company, and the IPO kept being delayed, it was evident Skype was in need of a suitor. I was quoted quite a bit on the news that Ebay bought Skype in 2005, and many of comments questioned the value of Skype to Ebay. Here we are nearly 6 years later and it seems Skype is now in the right hands.

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Microsoft to Acquire Skype for Over $8 Billion

Microsoft to Acquire Skype for Over $8 Billion

News coming in slightly after midnight on the 10th of May, 2011 direct from the Wall Street Journal claimed that Microsoft Corp would soon be closing a deal with online communications platform Skype Technologies SA for a sum between 7 and 8 billion dollars USD. This report was quickly confirmed by Kara Swisher of All Things Digital, she noting her sources to be saying that this whole project would be announced early this morning at somewhere around $8.5 billion and has been spearheaded by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer being assisted by "dealmaker" Charles Songhurst. Big money for a big deal!

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Skype delays IPO, Facebook and Google seek joint ventures

Skype delays IPO, Facebook and Google seek joint ventures

Word has been circulating for a long time now that Skype was set to make an IPO. The IPO for the video and voice chat service is expected to raise about $1 billion for the company allowing it to expand and invest in new developments. Skype has been in the news a lot recently for patches and updates for its Android app. The company recently patched a vulnerability in the Android app that could have left user information vulnerable.

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