Skype Enables Video Calls To Facebook Friends

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Skype to Facebook video call
Skype has updated the beta version of its desktop clients for both Windows and Mac to enable video calls to Facebook. With Skype 5.4 Beta for Mac and Skype 5.7 Beta for indows, video calls can be initiated from its client to any Facebook friends who’ve installed the social network’s video call browser plug-in. The recipient can answer just as they would for Facebook-to-Facebook calls. Skype, which has been part of Microsoft since October, had in July partnered with Facebook to add the… continue…

Facebook Teams With Skype On Video Chats

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Facebook video call
Turns out Mark Zuckerberg’s promise of “something awesome” wasn’t exaggeration. In a live product announcement, Facebook introduced two new features to its chat service –  namely video call and group chat. Instead of building a platform from scratch, Facebook’s hooked up with Skype, now a Microsoft company. Both had previously worked together to integrate Facebook into Skype’s client. Unlike Skype’s regular service, video calls on Facebook won’t require any desktop client. All it takes is a plugin, which upon installing… continue…

Update: Skype and Amazon Hire While Others Can’t Find People TO Hire

Skype and Amazon are hiring in Silicon Valley… Other companies WANT to hire … and Microsoft wants to hurt Sony just a little bit more. All on this week’s Update. Microsoft’s latest acquisition, Skype, is going to stick to its plans to hire hundreds of people in Palo Alto. The company’s going to maintain its own offices rather than move into Microsoft’s campus in Mountain View. Also, Skype says it will continue to invest in Silicon Valley. Amazon’s also looks… continue…

Bill Gates Pushed the Aquisition of Skype

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Bill Gates might no longer be running the day-to-day operations of Microsoft but as Chairman of the Board he still has a tremendous amount of clout. Gates outed himself as a “strong proponent at the board level” for Redmond’s $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype. Some might argue that Slovakia’s 2010 GDP is too much to pay for a VOIP carrier that recorded a $7 million loss in the last financial year. What could possibly go wrong? A lot, but the… continue…

Microsoft Will Acquire Skype for $8.5 billion

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Microsoft Skype
Microsoft says it will acquire Skype for $8.5 billion, and the agreement has been approved by both Microsoft’s and Skype’s boards of directors. With the acquisition, Microsoft is expanding its technology into real-time video and voice communications, aiming to bring more benefits to consumers and enterprise users. For those who don’t have a clue about Skype, we have to say it’s one of the Internet’s communication leaders. It has 170 million users connected and logged over 207 billion minutes of… continue…

The War For Tech Talent Heats Up

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As the economy slowly pulls out of first gear, one sector that is clearly in fifth gear is IT. From Silicon Valley to Detroit to New York, a war for tech talent is now being played out as companies struggle to find – and hold on to – skilled engineers and developers. In Silicon Valley, the talent war has been going on for some time as major start-ups Twitter, Facebook, Groupon, Skype, smaller start ups and established tech companies have… continue…

Help Skype Beef Up for the Web

Gearing up for an IPO next year and preparing to roll out mobile and cloud-based services, Skype wants to hire a significant number of engineers in Silicon Valley. continue…

Tuesday’s People News

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Twitter Switches Chief Executive [WSJ] Cisco’s Bates resigns, CTO Warrior gains title [Computerworld] Skype names senior Cisco exec Bates as CEO [Reuters] HP picks former SAP chief Apotheker as new CEO [Techworld] Tim Dwyer Joins Fast Growing IT Services Provider Laurus Technologies [MarketWatch] Former Microsoft and FAST Enterprise Search Expert Jeff Fried Joins BA-Insight as CTO [Marketwire] – Dino Londis

Monday’s People News

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Skype Fills Two Exec Slots [cnet] Appoints Jeffrey Mahl as President [ via BW] Textron Systems Adds Jack Cronin as Chief Strategy Officer [Textron Systems] PC Connection Names Timothy McGrath President and COO [PC Connection] ALI Solutions Announces New Executive Leadership [ALI Solutions via BW] Steven Sobolevsky Joins uSamp as CTO [uSamp] Citizant Promotes Earl Kennedy as Division Director [Citizant] – Sonia R. Lelii

Tuesday’s News: Your Next Job Interview May Be on a Webcam

Companies are looking to save time and money, so some are turning to video-chat software as a low-cost alternative for vetting job candidates. Also, there are ways to jump-start a stalled job search. continue…