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postheadericon Skype to start serving ads in US, Germany and UK ahead of upcoming IPO

It’s a common problem, not having as much cash as you want to, and Skype‘s solving it with a common web solution: advertising. It may come as a surprise to hear that the eminently popular voice and chat service doesn’t peddle stuff to its users already, but it’s now formalizing a plan to introduce a carefully controlled measure of paid-for display ads on the Home tab of its Windows desktop client. You heard that right, there’s no mention of Mac or mobile services here, and it’s further limited to the nations of Germany, the UK, and USA. Anonymous data may be collected as part of the new scheme to target ads to specific audiences (you can, however, opt out), while Skype promises that user experience remains paramount to its future goals, though clearly that looming Initial Public Offering isn’t too far from its thoughts right now either.

Skype to start serving ads in US, Germany and UK ahead of upcoming IPO originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 07 Mar 2011 12:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon Gizmo5 shutting down on April 3rd, credits can be transferred to Google Voice

Google may not have offered too many details when it acquired VoIP outfit Gizmo5 back in November of 2009, but it’s not like any of that matters now. Gizmo5 customers around the globe are receiving an email today notifying them of the service’s impending closure, with April 3rd pegged as the final day that calls can be made. After March 11th, you’ll no longer be able to add credit to your account, but you can request a refund or have your remaining credits transferred to Google Voice (if you’re in the US). Head on past the break for the full message, and feel free to pour one out. Or, you know, just wipe that FOF off of your face by watching this.

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Gizmo5 shutting down on April 3rd, credits can be transferred to Google Voice originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 04 Mar 2011 18:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon VoIP Inc. sues Google: alleges theft of trade secrets for click-to-call ads

Google’s no stranger to the courtroom, and while their litigation with Oracle and Viacom has gotten all the publicity of late, VoIP Inc. — perhaps in a move to help pay off its bankruptcy creditors — has joined in the litigious fun by suing the search giant for stealing trade secrets. VoIP alleges Google entered a license agreement with one of its subsidiaries in 2005 for technology that allows users to click online ads to call the advertiser directly over the internet — because, you know, the unwashed masses are just dying to chat with the makers of PajamaJeans. Google later said that VoIP violated its nondisclosure agreement by talking about the deal and killed the relationship, but VoIP claims the boys and girls in Mountain View used its tech to create click-to-call ads in a 2006 deal with eBay and Skype. The litigation is just getting started, so we’ve yet to see the complaint or Google’s response, but we feel certain VoIP has asked for a princely sum as punishment for these transgressions. Time will tell if Google decides to cut a check, so stay tuned.

VoIP Inc. sues Google: alleges theft of trade secrets for click-to-call ads originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 Feb 2011 21:52:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon AT&T also looking at Voice over LTE, paints a bullseye on 2013

With great bandwidth comes great responsibility is a lesson not lost on AT&T, as the cellular carrier has revealed it will follow Verizon’s lead in improving call quality with Voice over LTE. Following Verizon’s impressive demo of the technology this morning, Forbes cornered AT&T CTO John Donovan at MWC, who confessed that AT&T is working on something similar for a tentative 2013 release. That may sound a bit far off, but remember that Verizon won’t launch its service until 2012, and AT&T won’t hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for LTE until later this year anyhow. In the meanwhile, you’re welcome to use your occasionally unlimited data for all the Skype you want.

AT&T also looking at Voice over LTE, paints a bullseye on 2013 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 15 Feb 2011 23:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon AT&T also looking at Voice over LTE, paints a bullseye on 2013

With great bandwidth comes great responsibility is a lesson not lost on AT&T, as the cellular carrier has revealed it will follow Verizon’s lead in improving call quality with Voice over LTE. Following Verizon’s impressive demo of the technology this morning, Forbes cornered AT&T CTO John Donovan at MWC, who confessed that AT&T is working on something similar for a tentative 2013 release. That may sound a bit far off, but remember that Verizon won’t launch its service until 2012, and AT&T won’t hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for LTE until later this year anyhow. In the meanwhile, you’re welcome to use your occasionally unlimited data for all the Skype you want.

AT&T also looking at Voice over LTE, paints a bullseye on 2013 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 15 Feb 2011 23:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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