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Skype Project Chess allegedly explored NSA access ahead of Microsoft buy

Skype Project Chess allegedly explored NSA access ahead of Microsoft buy

Skype allegedly developed a clandestine program dubbed Project Chass that investigated potential ways to increase government and law enforcement access to its VoIP calling service, years in advance of Microsoft's acquisition in 2011. Project Chess was formed while Skype had "sometimes contentious talks with the government over legal issues," insiders tell the NYTimes, with knowledge of the program limited to under a dozen within the firm.

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Skype Video Messaging graduates from beta with unlimited clip support

Skype Video Messaging graduates from beta with unlimited clip support

Skype has taken Skype Video Messaging out of beta, pushing the three minute clip-sharing service to most of its desktop and mobile apps. Previewed back in February - though limited at the time to just 20 messages per user - the full launch of the Video Messaging service includes unlimited use and doesn't require one of Skype's premium packages, taking on MMS video in the process.

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FreedomPop reveals zero-cost phone plan; Resurrects refurbed phones

FreedomPop reveals zero-cost phone plan; Resurrects refurbed phones

A 4G cellphone with no monthly bills whatsoever is the latest attempt by MVNO FreedomPop to disrupt the mobile industry, using VoIP to offer select Android users calls, messaging, and data without the traditional cost. The new service, which is expected to launch later in the summer, will be the first to shuttle all calls over the data connection, and offer those in qualifying locations 500MB of 4G data a month.

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Viber Desktop for Mac and Windows hits as Skype gets competition

Viber Desktop for Mac and Windows hits as Skype gets competition

Mobile VoIP service Viber has decided to put down roots on the desktop, with the launch of OS X and Windows versions that turn the messaging system into a legitimate Skype alternative. The new Viber Desktop apps - which come alongside updates to its mobile software - support the majority of the features smartphone users are familiar with, but also benefit from intelligent message and call routing which means not every device will bleep whenever a new alert comes through.

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Skype for Windows adds video messaging (but Windows 8 has issues)

Skype for Windows adds video messaging (but Windows 8 has issues)

Skype for Outlook.com isn't the only new software the VoIP firm has today, with Skype Video Messaging for Windows desktop also emerging for those who want to send quick video snippets to each others' inboxes. Joining February's Video Messaging functionality for iOS, Android, and Mac, the new Windows beta works fully on Windows 7, but those running Windows 8 only get partial support.

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Microsoft launches Skype preview in Outlook.com

Microsoft launches Skype preview in Outlook.com

Microsoft has launched a preview of Skype in Outlook.com for users located in the United Kingdom, with those located in the United States and Germany being slated to get the preview "in the coming weeks." Following the full preview roll out will be the switch from preview mode, with video and audio calling being offered across the entire expanse of Outlook.com via Skype sometimes in the coming months. Hard dates weren't provided for any of the planned roll outs.

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Skype hits BlackBerry 10, but the Z10 is out of luck for now

Skype hits BlackBerry 10, but the Z10 is out of luck for now

Skype has landed for BlackBerry 10, but would-be VoIP users will need a Q10 initially, until BlackBerry updates its initial Z10 smartphone. The new app, confirmed as incoming only earlier this week, offers voice and video calling, instant messaging, and text messaging, just like Skype on other mobile platforms; however, it requires BlackBerry 10.1, loaded from the off on the newer Q10, but still pending for the Z10.

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Facebook Messenger for Android updated with free voice calling

Facebook Messenger for Android updated with free voice calling

Facebook has finally rolled out a new feature to its U.S. Android users that now allows them to initiate a free voice call with one of their Facebook friends. The voice calling feature will be available automatically, meaning you won't have to go to Google Play to download an update. The feature has been available to iOS users for quite some time now, and Android users in Canada had the feature since early March. The voice calling feature uses up your data plan instead of your actual minutes, so if you're on a tiered data plan, proceed with caution.

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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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Twilio joins with Google to bring voice and messaging API to developers

Twilio joins with Google to bring voice and messaging API to developers

Google and Twilio are teaming up to bring developers cloud-powered tools that will help them integrate their apps with VoIP and messaging services. Twilio has partnered up with Google's Cloud Platform, making it the first voice and messaging API available through the Google App Engine. With its API, developers are able to easily integrate messaging and VoIP capabilities into their apps with just a few lines of code.

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