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Microsoft brings Skype to Windows Phone, finally, with beta release

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At long last, Microsoft just released Skype for Windows Phone, albeit a few months later than originally expected and not yet in finished form. The beta of the Skype for Windows Phone app is now available for download, with the final version expected in April. It’s being released as...
Microsoft brings Skype to Windows Phone, finally, with beta release

FreedomPop to start selling smartphones and launch yet another VoIP service

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FreedomPop plans to start selling Android smartphones this summer, becoming a full-fledged virtual mobile operator with its own unique twist. As with its freemium mobile broadband service, FreedomPop said it would offer up a baseline plan at no charge, including 500 MB of data, unlimited messaging and 200 minutes of...
FreedomPop to start selling smartphones and launch yet another VoIP service

Spanish carriers join to launch GSMA's communication app 'joyn' nationwide, starting on Android

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In a move that will draw a lot more attention to joyn, the consumer-facing ‘rich communications’ service and brand conceived by global mobile industry trade body and event organizer GSMA, Spain’s three leading mobile network operators have released it nationwide today. Orange, Vodafone and Movistar (Telefònica) are jointly introducing joyn...
Spanish carriers join to launch GSMA's communication app 'joyn' nationwide, starting on Android

Exclusive: Twitter Eyeing Media Bigs, Including Hollywood Mogul Peter Chernin, for Board Seats

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Twitter is now interviewing a series of well-known media players for its board, as the San Francisco online social communications service seeks to increase its ties to the entertainment industry, according to sources close to the situation. And one of the top director candidates is well-regarded Hollywood exec Peter Chernin,...
Exclusive: Twitter Eyeing Media Bigs, Including Hollywood Mogul Peter Chernin, for Board Seats

AT&T picks Microsoft's Lync service for its Unified Communications product

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Today AT&T announced that it will add Microsoft’s Lync enterprise communications tool to its Unified Communications service. The move is a coup for Lync, as it presents an opportunity for the platform to greatly expand its market reach. Lync, one of two communication products that Microsoft vends, provides video chat, messaging, voice calls, and...
AT&T picks Microsoft's Lync service for its Unified Communications product

Yahoo and Twitter Get New Communications Heads From PayPal and Google

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Big moves in the Internet PR biz, as Yahoo grabs Amanda Pires from eBay’s PayPal unit and Twitter snatches Google communications exec Gabriel Stricker. Pires, who is currently senior director of communications and brand at PayPal, worked with new Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson for many years when he ran the...
Yahoo and Twitter Get New Communications Heads From PayPal and Google

10 killer Windows 8 business apps for real productivity

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Skype for Windows 8 nails everything you've come to expect from the class-leading communications service, from instant messaging to voice calls to video chats. The fresh, Modern-looking coat of paint looks great, and since it's a proper Windows 8 app rather than a legacy program, Skype can be docked...
10 killer Windows 8 business apps for real productivity
White House close to backing FBI's wiretap backdoor proposal, says NYT

While on the decline, scam calls via Skype remain real issue

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According to a report in PC World, Microsoft’s Skype division has made progress on lowering the number of scam calls made through its communications service, but the issue remains open as a security problem for certain affected users. The heart of the issue is a combination of robo-calls, and a specific feature...
While on the decline, scam calls via Skype remain real issue

Mobile Messaging App Tango Debuts A Content Platform, Will Now Power The Social Layer Of Third-Party Apps & Games

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Tango, a mobile messaging and video calling app with now over 120 million members worldwide, is expanding its service by opening its platform to third-party developers. By integrating the newly launched Tango software development kit (SDK) into their own applications, mobile publishers will be able to add a social layer...
Mobile Messaging App Tango Debuts A Content Platform, Will Now Power The Social Layer Of Third-Party Apps & Games

Department of Justice sues AT&T over IP Relay billing

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The US Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against carrier AT&T for allegedly wrongly billing the government for millions of dollars. The charges were for IP Relay phone calls, which is a text-based communications service for hearing-impaired people. While the users don't need to pay, the FCC is charged...
Department of Justice sues AT&T over IP Relay billing
Samsung announces Omnia M Windows Phone handset, arriving in Europe initially
USPTO publishes Google's 'Speak to Tweet' patent

Microsoft's enterprise communications tool Lync promises Skype integration, mobile apps for all platforms

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Today at the first eponymous conference for its Lync product, Microsoft announced that it will link the enterprise-focused communications service with Skype, the consumer-friendly VoIP and video calling tool. The company also announced that mobile apps for the service are on the way. The integration with Skype will allow the two products to work...
Microsoft's enterprise communications tool Lync promises Skype integration, mobile apps for all platforms

Home Office highlights gaps in online surveillance of criminals

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A quarter of police and agencies' data requests not met, says official, as government prepares to unveil web tracking lawsThe rapidly changing nature of internet-based communications has left the security agencies and the police unable to legally track the online activities of terrorists and serious criminals in 25% of cases,...
Home Office highlights gaps in online surveillance of criminals

Making big-data analytics pay

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Telcos and communications service providers (CSPs) are facing rapidly shrinking margins, competition from over-the-top providers and rising investment costs, which is putting tremendous pressure on their network analytics departments to do something. These teams must provide insights into the business that will help decrease churn, improve customer service and ultimately...
Making big-data analytics pay
After six years of planning, Compass-EOS takes on Cisco to make blazing-fast routers

Ray Ozzie's Stealthy Startup Talko Is Building A Consumer-Facing Mobile Communications App, Not A Cloud-Based Mobile Backend

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In December, news leaked that former Microsoft exec Ray Ozzie had raised $4 million for a stealthy startup known as Talko, previously known as Cocomo. Not much is known about the company’s plans, but originally the speculation was that Talko is building cloud-based backend services. We’re hearing now that a...
Ray Ozzie's Stealthy Startup Talko Is Building A Consumer-Facing Mobile Communications App, Not A Cloud-Based Mobile Backend

Huawei and ZTE speak out after US government report labels them unsafe

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Chinese telecommunications equipment makers Huawei and ZTE are in full damage control mode after a controversial report from a US congressional intelligence committee recommended that companies and government departments avoid doing business with them due to national security concerns. Huawei Huawei, the world’s number two maker of telecom equipment and...
Huawei and ZTE speak out after US government report labels them unsafe

Google Wave officially dead as Google prepares to shut down

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As promised, Google has pulled the plug on its Google Wave online communications service. It launched in 2009 but never got off the ground, and development on the project stopped back in mid-2010. Support continued, however, due to the open-source nature of the undertaking.......
Google Wave officially dead as Google prepares to shut down
Microsoft debuts Skype for Xbox with group video calling

Skype revamps Android app after 100M installs

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Skype today announced a new milestone for its Android app, and with it came a big update. There have now been more than 100 million installs of Skype for Android, the Microsoft-owned company said Monday. Those users will see a revamped app that was just updated with a focus on...
Skype revamps Android app after 100M installs

"Ransomware" Worm Now Spreading On Skype

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Skype isn’t exactly immune to malware and spam, but criminals are hoping that its users are perhaps less vigilant about clicking through on random links sent to their accounts. According to multiple reports from security firms, as well as from a community forum thread on Skype.com, the popular communications service...
"Ransomware" Worm Now Spreading On Skype

Microsoft begins to integrate its enterprise-focused Lync service with Skype

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Microsoft has begun integrating Lync, its enterprise-focused communications service, with Skype according to multiple user reports that we’re seeing. Back in February, the Redmond company announced that the two services would be linked before June this year and — since we’re only in mid-April — it appears that things are...
Microsoft begins to integrate its enterprise-focused Lync service with Skype
Fileboard Launches Service For Sales People To Improve Presentations And Analyze Results

How Did Private Companies Become The Guardians Of Our Online Privacy?

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U.S. government surveillance of email, search and other online activities is on the rise, while laws protecting people's privacy remain murky. As a result, private Internet and communications service providers - and even apps makers - have become the gatekeepers of our personal data and our first line of defense...
How Did Private Companies Become The Guardians Of Our Online Privacy?

Local news crisis: why newspapers remain so important to the public

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Today's extract from What do we mean by local?* is by Fran Collingham, assistant director with responsibility for the communications service at Coventry city council. She began her career as a journalist, working as a reporter and sub-editor on local weekly and daily newspapers in the Midlands, before switching to...
Local news crisis: why newspapers remain so important to the public

Promising for the likes of Tango, Skype and Viber: Juniper predicts 1 billion mobile VoIP users by 2017

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Juniper Research estimates that, in about five years, one out of seven mobile subscribers will be using mobile VoIP solutions. The research firm estimates that the total number of mobile VoIP users will thus surpass 1 billion by 2017 (see graph below), applying immense pressure to the traditional revenue streams...
Promising for the likes of Tango, Skype and Viber: Juniper predicts 1 billion mobile VoIP users by 2017

DOJ Sues AT&T Over Billing for Text-based Communications Service

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The U.S. Department of Justice has accused AT&T of overcharging the government by millions of dollars by failing to crack down on scammers using a text-based......
DOJ Sues AT&T Over Billing for Text-based Communications Service

One secret about Ray Ozzie's secretive startup is out: It will tap Amazon's cloud

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Ray Ozzie, as is his practice, has been nearly silent on the topic of his new startup, Talko. But now we know that it, like thousands of other startups, will use Amazon Web Services. How do we know this? Ray’s Talko colleague Ransom Richardson spoke at a local AWS meetup in...
One secret about Ray Ozzie's secretive startup is out: It will tap Amazon's cloud
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