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Still using Skype? Good news! After HOURS of meetings, Microsoft reckons it knows when you're Not Active

Microsoft has tweaked the presence model of its chat platform, Skype, in an effort to calm users still shrieking about lost features in the version 8 "upgrade". Peter Skillman, director of design for Outlook and Skype at Microsoft, shared the good news via Twitter that after "HOURS" of meetings, the team had decided to deal …
Richard Speed, 21 Sep 2018
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Y'know what? VoIP can also be free from pesky regulation – US judges

The US Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has decided that a phone service over the internet is no longer a phone service but an "information service" – freeing it from regulatory oversight. That means, in the eyes of the court, voice-over-IP (VoIP) is not considered a public utility, and thus it is not subject to price …
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Openreach consults on shift of 16 MEEELLION phone lines to VoIP by 2025

BT’s Openreach has opened a consultation with communications providers (CPs) over preparations for the monumental task of shifting 16 million phone lines in the UK to voice-over-IP by 2025. The move is part of BT’s plan to shut its traditional public switched telephone network (PSTN) in Britain, and shift customers onto a …
Kat Hall, 15 May 2018
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BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

BT is forging ahead with plans to shut its traditional telephone network in Britain, with the intention of shifting all customers over to IP telephony services by 2025. The closure of the public switched telephone network (PSTN) is part of plans by BT toward internet-based voice calls via a fibre network. As such it will be …
Kat Hall, 19 Apr 2018

Skype for Business has nasty habit of closing down… for business

Microsoft has confirmed that some versions of its Skype for Business app are prone to crashes, and the issue won't be easy to resolve. The Redmond software outfit says that it has heard from users who say the 32-bit version of Skype tends to crash when run for an extended amount of time or when sharing screens, and it has …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Apr 2018

Can't login to Skype? You're not alone. Chat app's been a bit crap for five days now

A bunch of Skype users are unhappy that they're been unable to sign into the VoIP service for several days. The yakkity-yak app has fallen flat since January 24, leaving a number of punters with two-factor authentication enabled unable to get back into the software after signing out. "Skype users who are signed in are not …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jan 2018
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VoIP VIPs Blueface and Star2Star pull off headsets, unify unified comms biz

VoIP companies Blueface and Star2Star have announced a $500m (£368.8m) merger today, which they claim will create one of the world's largest global unified communications providers. The combined entity will be known as "StarBlue", but the two existing businesses will continue trading with their original names in their …
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Sprint calls out Charter with chat-patent sueball

Stop us if you've heard this one; two telecoms heavyweights are headed to court over allegations of patent infringement. This time, it's Sprint and Charter who are bringing out the lawyers over allegations that Charter's phone service infringes on more than a dozen voice over internet protocol (VoIP) patents Sprint was issued …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Dec 2017
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Asterisk bugs make a right mess of RTP

Admins of the popular IP telephony application Asterisk have a lovely end to the week ahead of them - there's two moderate vulnerabilities, and one critical mess, that need patches. The worst of the three is this one: a bug in the Realtime Transport Protocol (RTP) stack that exposes a system to information disclosure. The …
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Microsoft officially hangs up on old Skype phones, users fuming

Microsoft has officially decommissioned the Skype-calling support service SkypeKit, leaving some old VOIP handset users on hold. "I have just been royally upset by them," writes Tim Moore, a RTX Skype phone owner in South Devon, in an email to The Register. According to Microsoft, SkypeKit gave internet-connected devices and …
Andrew Silver, 9 Jun 2017
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IP Freely? Mr IP Freely? VoIP-for-suits firm battens down hatches after PBX data breach

Over the weekend FreePBX and PBXact users were warned of a security breach that spilled SIP credentials, potentially opening the door for fraudsters to make phone calls at the expense of small businesses that rely on the technology. Sangoma, the Canadian firm behind the tech, warned in an updated customer advisory that around …
John Leyden, 3 May 2017
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Teen charged with 'cyberstalking' in bomb hoax case

An 18-year-old dual citizen of the US and Israel has been charged with making a string of online and phone threats against schools and Jewish community centers. Michael Ron David Kadar has been charged by the US Department of Justice with five counts, including cyberstalking, for allegedly threatening shootings and bombings …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Apr 2017

Sprint sprints off with $140m from Time Warner after VoIP patent battle

Sprint has been awarded $139.8m in damages after a jury found that Time Warner Cable infringed on five of its patents related to voice-over-IP calling systems. The jury in Sprint's home town of Kansas City found that TWC, now part of Charter, violated the five patents on technology related to the operation of TWC's VoIP …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Mar 2017
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Why I had to sue the FCC – VoIP granddaddy Dan Berninger

Interview One of the grandaddies of VoIP is taking America's comms watchdog, the FCC, to the US Supreme Court over net neutrality – and he's told us why. It’s life or death, says Dan Berninger, whose startup works on high quality voice services, and could be killed by the regulator at a stroke. Berninger led the Bell Labs team that …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Feb 2017

Infosec bods: This is a backdoor in Skype for Macs. Microsoft: No.

A security hole in Skype for OS X allowed installed apps to silently delve into the user's chat logs, record their calls, and leaf through their contacts. The authentication bypass vulnerability was discovered by security researchers at Trustwave SpiderLabs, which described the flaw as a backdoor that allowed access to all …
John Leyden, 14 Dec 2016

Level 3 celebrates $34bn CenturyLink gobble by blacking out Eastern US

Network provider Level 3 Communications appears to be wrangling with a widespread outage in the US this morning. The backbone carrier says it is "looking into" the cause of an outage that, according to connectivity monitoring service DownDetector, is hitting customers across a large swath of the east coast and the southeastern …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Nov 2016
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CEO of VoIP biz admits in court: It was all a $1.8bn Ponzi scheme

The CEO of VoIP telephone service TelexFree has confessed that his company was a front for a $1.8bn pyramid scam. In a Massachusetts district court on Monday, James Merrill pled guilty [PDF] to nine charges of conspiracy and wire fraud for his role overseeing the US branch of TelexFree – a VoIP phone service that American …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Oct 2016
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Hax0rs sow Discord by using VoIP service to sling malware at gamers

Hackers abused a free VoIP service for gamers to distribute remote-access Trojans and other malware. Miscreants took to Discord and distributed malicious programs including NanoCore, njRAT, SpyRAT to gamers using the chat servers, but that was just one aspect of a wider pattern of abuse. Symantec discovered some groups were …
John Leyden, 21 Oct 2016

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