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Microsoft challenges Google’s WebRTC work for in-browser Skype

Microsoft challenges Google’s WebRTC work for in-browser Skype

Microsoft is busy fettling Skype for in-browser use, following Google's experiments with WebRTC with a contribution of its own to the new standard. WebRTC is a new standard for open, real-time voice and video chat, using HTML and JavaScript to embed audio and video conferencing into the browser; that's great, Microsoft says, but the current proposal "falls short" of meeting what it believes is demanded of it, and so the company has come up with its own version.

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Logitech TV Cam HD puts Skype on your HDTV

Logitech TV Cam HD puts Skype on your HDTV

Logitech has launched a new webcam, but the TV Cam HD is intended to sit on top of your big-screen television rather than your computer display. Supporting Skype calls over WiFi or ethernet connection, the TV Cam HD promises up to 720p HD widescreen video and crystal-clear pictures thanks to Carl Zeiss optics, along with a four noise-canceling microphone array and digital pan/tilt/zoom control.

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Skype snipes back at security change claims

Skype snipes back at security change claims

Skype has hit back at allegations that it has opened up greater access of its instant messaging systems to law enforcement authorities, insisting that nothing has changed post-Microsoft acquisition. Concerns over Skype's transparency around monitoring and backdoor access surfaced earlier this week, when the company refused to comment on specific wiretap provisions; however, the truth is that you're no more likely to be monitored now - and in no greater depth - than you were before, Mark Gillett, Chief Development and Operations Officer at the company, explains on the official Skype blog.

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Microsoft unlocked Skype chat backdoor tip insiders

Microsoft unlocked Skype chat backdoor tip insiders

Skype used a huge behind-the-scenes change in VoIP service architecture to add messaging monitoring systems, insiders claim, following Microsoft's acquisition of the company in 2011. According to the industry officials speaking to the Washington Post, the installation of server-based supernodes - hubs through which Skype traffic is routed to improve uptime and reliability as the service gains traction - has had the side-effect of making instant messaging conversations more easily tracked, much to the delight of the FBI and other law-enforcement organizations.

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Microsoft won’t say if Skype has a wiretap backdoor

Microsoft won’t say if Skype has a wiretap backdoor

No one likes to think their private conversations can be eavesdropped on by a third-party. The United States government and law enforcement agencies have been trying to force VoIP carriers such as Skype and other digital communications companies to include a backdoor that would allow police and government agencies to institute a wiretap on online communications. The surveillance laws have been proposed not only in the US but in other countries as well, including Australia.

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Skype elaborates on instant message bug

Skype elaborates on instant message bug

Earlier today, we finally got word from Skype concerning a bug that some users have been plagued with since June. The bug occasionally sends IMs between two contacts to an unintended third contact, which of course brings up some very valid concerns about privacy. Aside from saying that a fix will be rolled out within the next few days, Skype kept this morning's statement on the bug brief, but this evening it's being a little more specific about the bug, and it turns out its occurrence isn't all that random.

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Skype admits message leak bug but fix incoming

Skype admits message leak bug but fix incoming

There’s a nasty little Skype bug that’s starting to do the rounds you may want to pay attention to. Engadget reports that the VOIP client has been hit by an issue that will cause messages to be randomly forwarded to other people in your contacts list. The bug was first discovered in June by members on Skype’s support forums, but the company is just getting around to acknowledging the issue, saying that they’re currently working on a fix.

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Skype Update brings smoothness for Windows Phone 8

Skype Update brings smoothness for Windows Phone 8

The video chat and VoIP application Skype has received an upgrade before the push to Windows 8 this week with a go-ahead from Microsoft. This week we're having a peek at everything Windows Phone 8 as we watch the upgrades roll in at the Windows Phone Summit dedicated to the new platform. As Skype's upgrade for the current generation of Windows Phone goes live today, so too do we get a glimpse of what's to come for the Windows Phone 8 OS of the future.

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Microsoft: Surface tablets perfect for Skype

Microsoft: Surface tablets perfect for Skype

Microsoft may only have launched its Surface tablets a matter of hours ago, but the company is already making the connections with the rest of its ecosystem, including Skype. The VoIP service Microsoft acquired in recent months gets a specific name-check on the Surface site, with the promise of two LifeCam webcams along with dual microphones that are "tuned for Skype" as the company mounts a direct challenge to Apple's FaceTime.

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