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Wandera Nabs $7M From Bessemer To Give Enterprises A Way To Control Mobile Data Use Using SaaS

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Wandera, a startup that offers enterprises a cloud-based solution to reduce the costs of mobile data through compression and better management, is announcing that it has closed $7 million in funding. The Series A round comes entirely from Bessemer Venture Partners, and is in addition to a seed round Wandera...
Wandera Nabs $7M From Bessemer To Give Enterprises A Way To Control Mobile Data Use Using SaaS
Here's what's new in Windows Phone 8: Kid's Corner, Rooms, instant photo uploads

Skype rolls out direct carrier billing for call credit in Russia, with a US and Canada launch 'soon'

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Skype users in Russia can now buy additional credit for making calls worldwide using their mobile phone, thanks to a direct operator billing service being offered by Mach. Users can now buy Skype Credit at any time through a browser-based transaction which the firm describes as “secure, seamless and convenient.” The...
Skype rolls out direct carrier billing for call credit in Russia, with a US and Canada launch 'soon'

Hands-on with Toshiba's new LED Cloud TVs and Media Box with Blu-ray

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Although a mixer isn't exactly the best place to spend quality time with new TVs and Blu-ray players, we did take advantage of the time with the new hardware that was on display at Toshiba's CES party. We saw new a few Media Boxes with Blu-ray as well as...
Hands-on with Toshiba's new LED Cloud TVs and Media Box with Blu-ray

Google will offer free Gmail voice calls for yet another year

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Google is giving its Gmail users a late Christmas present. The company announced today that Gmail users in the U.S. and Canada will continue to be able to make free domestic phone calls through next year.  Google will also continue to offer international calls at “insanely low rates,” the company said. Introduced in 2010, Gmail’s phone...
Google will offer free Gmail voice calls for yet another year
Skype updates Windows Phone app, temporarily nixes People Hub integration

As Soon As Ballmer's Huge Re-Org Goes Through, These Three Executives Will Be The New Powers At Microsoft (MSFT)

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Microsoft is planning a major management reshuffling that will put three executives into higher profile positions, AllThingsD's Kara Swisher reported Monday.   The three execs are Satya Nadella, president of Microsoft's Server and Tools division; Tony Bates, who runs Skype and Lync; and Don Mattrick, head of the Interactive Entertainment division and...
As Soon As Ballmer's Huge Re-Org Goes Through, These Three Executives Will Be The New Powers At Microsoft (MSFT)

Review: Advansys RecollX for Skype keeps a searchable archive of Skype convos, IMs, and files

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Over the years, Skype has gained a greater acceptance by businesses, especially as the VOIP client has improved the features for video chat and group messaging. It is now common to see small call centers and virtual offices powered by Skype, as well as the editorial staffs of major...
Review: Advansys RecollX for Skype keeps a searchable archive of Skype convos, IMs, and files
How Mobile Startups Are Taking Revenue From Carriers

BlackBerry 10 reaches the 100,000 app mark, adds Amazon Kindle today

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While it's still got some distance to make up, BlackBerry has swiftly reached a milestone of sorts -- its first 100,000 apps. According to the announcement, BB10 has notched up over 30,000 new games and apps over the last seven weeks, all before it's even entered the USA. Notable...
BlackBerry 10 reaches the 100,000 app mark, adds Amazon Kindle today

Is there a better way to upgrade the internet? BitTorrent's CEO says there is

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If we persist in thinking of the internet as an information superhighway, then we’ll continue to handle congestion by adding more lanes, via expensive upgrades in the core network, at the edge and at the last mile. The end result of our love affair with connectivity is a losing proposition...
Is there a better way to upgrade the internet? BitTorrent's CEO says there is

Skype rolls out a faster and lighter Android app, redesigned with visual cues from Windows Phone 8

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Skype updated its Android app to version 4.0 today, rolling out an all-new design that removes much of the clutter associated with previous incarnations. The home screen is now split into three separate tabs for accessing recent conversations, specific contacts and ‘favourites’. Dialog trees look much cleaner than before, although...
Skype rolls out a faster and lighter Android app, redesigned with visual cues from Windows Phone 8

Microsoft debuts Snap Mode, lets players view and access multiple apps on screen

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Microsoft’s new home video game console, Xbox One, will launch with a new ‘Snap Mode’ that allows players to view and access multiple apps simultaneously. At an Xbox reveal event held at its Redmond headquarters, Microsoft showed the latest version of Skype, as well as an NBA app running alongside...
Microsoft debuts Snap Mode, lets players view and access multiple apps on screen
Glide Lets You Video Chat Live Or Watch Recorded Video Calls Later

Cisco: Skype Could Cost You Jobs And Healthcare, Our Experts Say (CSCO, MSFT)

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Cisco clearly fears that Skype, now in the hands of Microsoft, is going to be the end of its lucrative videoconferencing business. So it's released a study from two world-class economics professors who warn of the dangers of nonstandard software like Skype. Michael Katz, a professor at the University of...
Cisco: Skype Could Cost You Jobs And Healthcare, Our Experts Say (CSCO, MSFT)
Rebtel gives apps a voice with new developer platform

WaPost backtracks on claim tech companies 'participate knowingly' in PRISM data collection

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The Washington Post published an investigative report uncovering the government-run PRISM program, which allegedly monitored US citizen’s Internet activity illegally, but now the paper is stepping away from its initial claim that nine tech firms knowingly provided data to the government. Early reports of PRISM left two key allegations unanswered:...
WaPost backtracks on claim tech companies 'participate knowingly' in PRISM data collection

Microsoft's expanded role for Yammer hints at key future for the social product inside of Office

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Today Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet revealed buried text in a Microsoft announcement that detailed stronger integration between SkyDrive, Yammer, and Office Web Apps. To wit, here is Microsoft: SkyDrive Pro [...] Yammer is implementing it as the underlying platform for file storage. In addition, Yammer is enhancing the ability...
Microsoft's expanded role for Yammer hints at key future for the social product inside of Office

Microsoft's Skype Takes Its Gift Cards International, Now In 44 Countries, As It Continues Retail Rollout

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In an effort to get more people using Skype Credits and paid services on the site, today the Microsoft-owned internet calling giant Skype is expanding its Gift Cards: as of today these are now live to buy online in 44 countries. The company is also gearing up to expand its...
Microsoft's Skype Takes Its Gift Cards International, Now In 44 Countries, As It Continues Retail Rollout
NASA to host first Google+ Hangout from the International Space Station on Feb. 22

Microsoft retiring Messenger on March 15th, wants you to use Skype instead

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While we knew Microsoft Messenger was due to retire sometime in the first quarter of this year, we now have a confirmed date. According to The Next Web, Redmond has informed users via email that they have until March 15th to use the IM platform, after which they will...
Microsoft retiring Messenger on March 15th, wants you to use Skype instead
Skype 6 released with Retina Display support, Facebook and Microsoft Messenger integration

Report: NSA, FBI collecting content from Google, Facebook, other services

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The U.S. National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation have access to servers at Google, Facebook and other major Internet services, collecting audio, video, e-mail and other content for surveillance, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.The surveillance is taking place under a classified program called PRISM, which was...
Report: NSA, FBI collecting content from Google, Facebook, other services

With Dell Buyout Poised to Be Announced Today, the Bromance Between Microsoft and Silver Lake Gets Serious

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Of all the complex aspects of the $23 billion leveraged buyout that is set to take PC maker Dell private — which sources said is likely to be announced sometime early today — one of the more interesting parts of the mega-deal is the evolving relationship between software giant...
With Dell Buyout Poised to Be Announced Today, the Bromance Between Microsoft and Silver Lake Gets Serious

Microsoft and Skype dreaming up new, utilitarian ad formats

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One has faced challenges in its existing online ad business, while the other is just getting going. Now Microsoft and its recently-acquired Skype are setting out to prove they can profit where consumers aren’t paying — by introducing an innovative line-up of advertising formats native to their new products. At Monaco...
Microsoft and Skype dreaming up new, utilitarian ad formats

Why Nokia Is Calling "Here" Here, The Curious Rebranding Of Their Maps Product

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As Nokia tries to separate out its mapping business and make it a standalone entity earning more than 1 billion euros per year, it has stripped its name entirely out of the unit. This past week, the company said it would take its name out of all navigation products and...
Why Nokia Is Calling "Here" Here, The Curious Rebranding Of Their Maps Product

It's Easy To Say Internet Spying Is Wrong Until You're The One Letting Terrorists Kill People Or Not

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Last night, the Washington Post published a story that said that, thanks to partnerships with nine Internet companies, the NSA is able to "literally can watch your ideas form as you type." The Post said it had leaked documents that showed Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple all...
It's Easy To Say Internet Spying Is Wrong Until You're The One Letting Terrorists Kill People Or Not
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