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April 23, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Microsoft has released a full version of a Skype app for the Windows Phone operating system. The free app, available in 18 languages, adds Windows Phone users to the 200 million people using Skype on computers, smartphones and tablets monthly. Users can connect over the Internet telephony and chat service via 4G, 3G and Wi-Fi.  In beta from February, the formal app adds video calling in portrait mode and friend management capabilities including invite, accept invitations, block, and unblock contacts.
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HOME & GARDEN
April 25, 2014 | Mark Paredes
She had me at privyet . I had just delivered a talk in Romania on Jewish-Mormon relations (a niche topic, to be sure) at a church in Bucharest, and standing before me was Florina, a raven-haired beauty who greeted me in Russian after learning we had both lived in Moscow. Then she switched to English, which she had acquired as an au pair in London. I was a never-married bachelor in my early 40s and had begun to doubt that Miss Right and I would ever cross paths, much less during a speaking tour of Eastern Europe.
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BUSINESS
October 12, 2006 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
It started as so many relationships do -- the long phone calls, the movie dates, the tentative introductions to family and friends. But the courtship of Mark Passerby and Salwa Al-Saban was hardly ordinary. The two were separated by the Atlantic Ocean, a time difference of six hours and vast cultural contrasts. He lived in Lansing, Mich., she in Cairo. They say they fell in love over Skype, a service that allows people to call each other for free over the Internet.
BUSINESS
December 18, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
Is the great airplane cellphone scare already over?  The backlash provoked by the Federal Communications Commission's plan to lift its ban on cellphone use on airplanes has won two high-profile adherents -- the CEOs of Southwest and Delta, who both announced that their companies won't be allowing voice calls on their flights. Delta CEO Richard Anderson was especially blunt, telling employees in a memo that the company won't be allowing "cellular calls or Internet-based voice communications onboard Delta or Delta Connection flights.
BUSINESS
June 13, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
The days of ad-free Skyping are ending. On Wednesday, the company announced that it plans to insert display ads into what used to be ad-free Web conversations. In a chirpy post on Skype's official blog, the company said it is "excited" to introduce a new ad service as a way for marketers to reach its hundreds of millions users in a place where they can have "a meaningful conversation about brands. " For now, the ads will display only on 1:1 Skype-to-Skype audio calls made with Skype for Windows.
BUSINESS
September 2, 2009 | David Colker
EBay Inc., long criticized for its high-priced purchase of Internet phone company Skype, is finally getting out of a marriage that was a mismatch from the start. The online auction company said Tuesday that it would sell 65% of Skype to a group of private investors led by Silver Lake in Menlo Park, Calif., for $1.9 billion in cash plus $125 million to be paid later. EBay would retain the remaining 35%. The deal, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter, valued Skype at $2.75 billion -- a good bit less than the $3.13 billion EBay paid in all for its 2005 acquisition.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Skype, the popular Internet-based calling service, said Monday it would begin running ads. "Today we announce something new ? the launch of advertising in Skype, which will appear in the Home tab in Skype starting this week," Doug Bewsher, Skype's chief marketing officer, said in a company blog post. "The Skype experience is our first priority, which is why we we've taken a lot of time working through and testing what kind of advertising would work best in the Skype environment. " Skype, which has about 145 million monthly users, has run test ads from Rdio over the last "month or two," and the first official advertisements inside of Skype will start running sometime this week, Bewsher said.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Skype has fixed a security flaw that made it possible for hackers to reset passwords simply with a user name and an email address. The Microsoft-owned video-chatting service temporarily disabled users' ability to reset passwords after tech news site The Next Web gave Skype a heads-up on the security hole. "We apologize for the inconvenience but user experience and safety is our first priority,” Skype told TNW . TNW wrote that instructions for the hack were posted on a Russian online forum two months ago. The news site chose not to link to the forum because the hack "is very easy to reproduce," and indeed, TNW said it tested out the hack multiple times and successfully took over a pair of its staffers' Skype accounts.
OPINION
July 10, 2013 | By Jack Shakely
When God saw that our egos needed deflating, he invented Skype. Skype is the 21st century invention that sci-fi movies had been predicting for decades: phonavision. Actually it's "computavision," with a tiny camera at the top of your computer screen. Very "Futurama. " But what "Soylent Green" and other futurist movies didn't tell us is that this new invention makes you look like you died a week ago Thursday. I enthusiastically signed up for Skype a few years back when my grandchildren were still toddlers.
BUSINESS
August 10, 2010 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Skype, a pioneer in Internet phone service, is planning to go public. The Luxembourg company registered for up to $100 million in American depository shares in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday. Skype said in the filing that it had not yet decided on the number of shares in its initial public offering or the price range. The company is looking to have its shares traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market. Silver Lake Partners, a private-equity firm in Menlo Park, Calif.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Sorry, world: You've been had.  If you're one of the 9 million or so inhabitants of Planet Earth who watched this video last week and laughed out loud at the spectacle of a girl whose sexy "twerking" home video turns into an epic fiery disaster, then the joke's on you.  On Monday night, Jimmy Kimmel revealed that not only was the video staged, as many viewers suspected but perhaps didn't want to believe, but that he was the mastermind...
BUSINESS
August 29, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Skype is celebrating a decade of existence Thursday: Maybe it's about time to test your loyalty to the service. When Skype launched on Aug. 29, 2003, the world was a different place and the Internet was barely ready for a video chatting service. But as Web cameras became more common and as Internet speeds improved, more and more users flocked to Skype. The service offered users a cool alternative to long-distance calling. You could chat with someone in another country for free and you could even see them on video.
BUSINESS
August 16, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Bloatware is the term given to programs that come pre-installed on computers even though it's unlikely they will be used by every owner. Sometimes they are difficult to get rid of and can consume resources unnecessarily.  Pre-installed anti-virus software has often fit that definition. Now, Skype looks to be joining that list. Microsoft owns the voice, audio and text messaging program and will be making it the default instant communications tool on the newest version of Windows.  "This is fantastic news for both Skype and Windows users," Skype said in a blog post . "Now you don't have to  download your favorite app  to stay in touch whenever you're apart.
NEWS
July 11, 2013 | By Ted Rall
Once upon a time, the L.A. City Council was composed of citizen-politicians with diverse opinions. Now, it's mainly former California state legislators in lock-step with Council President/former Assembly Speaker Herb Wesson . ALSO: Skype makes monsters of us all L.A., let Uber's cars share the road Obamacare glitch may cost young smokers, spare older ones Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
OPINION
July 10, 2013 | By Jack Shakely
When God saw that our egos needed deflating, he invented Skype. Skype is the 21st century invention that sci-fi movies had been predicting for decades: phonavision. Actually it's "computavision," with a tiny camera at the top of your computer screen. Very "Futurama. " But what "Soylent Green" and other futurist movies didn't tell us is that this new invention makes you look like you died a week ago Thursday. I enthusiastically signed up for Skype a few years back when my grandchildren were still toddlers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2013 | By Tony Perry
EL CENTRO, Calif. - Ruben Moreno Garcia, who served three combat tours in Iraq, now lives with his family in this Imperial Valley community and works as a mechanic in Yuma, Ariz. Kathryn Williams, a clinical psychologist for the Department of Veterans Affairs, has an office in La Jolla, more than 100 miles away. Williams and Moreno Garcia meet once a week for an hour or so to discuss his progress in coping with post-traumatic stress disorder, the condition common to U.S. military personnel who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
BUSINESS
October 9, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
If someone on Skype asks you "lol is this your new profile pic?" don't click the link. A type of malware known as Dorkbot is going around the video-calling service tricking people into being scammed by asking that question, in both English and German. Once users click on it, they are redirected to download a file from hotfile.com that holds the malware. The worm was discovered by Trend Micro, a security firm that wrote about the malware Monday. Trend Micro says that once infected, computers become part of a botnet, or a network of computers controlled by hackers to execute denial of service attacks, in which attackers try to jam a website by getting large numbers of computers to contact it at the same time.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2009 | Alana Semuels
Taking the first steps to unwind its awkward 2005 marriage, EBay Inc. said Tuesday that it planned to spin off Internet phone service Skype through an initial public offering in 2010. The San Jose company said the divorce would allow it to focus on its core e-commerce business, which has struggled in the last year. It announced plans Monday to sell another acquisition, recommendation search engine StumbleUpon, back to its founders.
WORLD
June 28, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - Suspected terrorists have changed how they communicate and have become more difficult to track as a result of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's disclosures about U.S. surveillance operations, according to current and former officials who say the changes have led to a significant loss of intelligence. The extent of that loss remains unknown, as the government's classified assessment is continuing, they said. In addition, Snowden's disclosures about eavesdropping in Russia and China gave each of those countries insights that already are thought to have impaired the National Security Agency's ability to intercept their communications, the officials said.
WORLD
June 28, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - Suspected terrorists have changed how they communicate and have become more difficult to track as a result of former contractor Edward Snowden's disclosures about U.S. surveillance operations, according to current and former officials who say that the changes have led to a significant loss of intelligence. How much that loss amounts to remains unknown as the government's classified assessment is continuing, they said. In addition, Snowden's disclosures about eavesdropping in Russia and China gave each of those countries insights that are already thought to have impaired the National Security Agency's ability to intercept their communications, the officials said.
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