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Qik is shutting down on April 30th

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Qik is a video streaming service that was acquired by Skype for $150 million in Janaury 2011, which has announced it is shutting down on April 30th. Qik was founded in 2006 and had around 5 million users during the time of the acquisition. 

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Skype is letting users sign up with a Microsoft account

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Skype has revealed that people can now sign up for the VoIP/messaging service using a Microsoft account. This user works great if you prefer to have less login credentials. The Windows Phone app has also been updated with a number of security improvements plus an indicator that shows you when the person on the other side starts typing. Skype will now require a Microsoft account when registering for a new account through the app. The new version of the app is only available for Windows Phone 8.
[Source: Skype Blog]

Research: Skype helps keep around half of the long-distance relationships going

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If you are in a long-distance relationship, the odds are high that you often use FaceTime or Skype. According to research, Skype helps lessen negative outcomes when it comes to long-distance relationships.
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Skype gets hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

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Skype’s Twitter and Facebook account has been hacked as well with their blog. The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) claims to be responsible for the hack. The SEA said that they want Skype to stop spying on the public.
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Skype for Android tablets gets floating video chat

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Skype for Android has been updated in version 4.5. Skype for Android is the first Android application to offer a picture-in-picture window that lets you see your video call even when switching to another application. Now you can multitask while you are on Skype video calls and audio calls. Microsoft has also added a way for tablet users to jump from on letter to another in your contact list. Pinch your contact list to zoom out to an alphabet and tap on the letter – this is faster than scrolling. Hudl tablet owners can rejoice because Skype is now supported for those devices.
[Source: Skype Blog]

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) wins in court against Cisco for Skype deal concerns

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was able to defeat Cisco Systems in court regarding competition concerns in their $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype. Europe’s second-highest court ruled against claims by Cisco that the Microsoft-Skype deal would harm competition. Microsoft will be able to continue marketing Skype video calling to consumers and businesses without having to make concessions to Cisco Systems.

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Microsoft Bans Xbox One Users Temporarily For Swearing On Skype

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Microsoft Corporation is banning Xbox One users from using certain apps if they swear, but the bans are temporary.  Several Xbox One users have reported that their console banned them from using Upload Studio and Skype after swearing. The ban takes place if users say certain words when uploading gameplay clips to SkyDrive or on private Skype video calls. However, you can still upload clips from games where the in-game characters use profanity without getting banned.  Some of the clips tested were in the game “Battlefield 4.” Some of the bans were lifted after 24 hours.

Skype To Get Chat Messaging Syncing On Across Multiple Devices

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Skype will soon release an update that will keep your chat message status in sync between different machines and devices.  Once you start Skype on your phone, it downloads and alerts you about the messages that you have received since shutting down.
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