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Connectotel has announced the launch of the public Beta test of its new 'Skype to SMS' service, allowing Skype users to send SMS text messages from within Skype Chat to any GSM mobile phone user.  "We launched our 'SMS to Skype' service just three weeks ago and have been very pleased with the positive feedback from Skype users. Now we are adding the next logical progression: 'Skype to SMS'," commented Marcus Williamson of Connectotel. The current private Beta testers have already shown enormous enthusiasm for being able to send SMS text messages from Skype Chat using this new service. Now we are opening up the service to a wider public," he added.  How does "Skype to SMS"  work? Skype users start a Chat with the Skype user called smsgateway, then type the following from within the Skype Chat window to send a message: +number message The message is transmitted to Connecto... (more)

Skype Explains Why It Went Down

Skype is blaming a "massive restart of our users' computers across the globe within a very short timeframe as they rebooted after receiving a routine set of patches through Windows Update" for its system being down for two or three days last week. Well, that and a software bug in its own network resource allocation algorithm that prevented Skype's self-healing P2P network from healing itself. Seems the restarts affected Skype's network resources causing "a flood of log-in requests," the eBay unit said in a statement Monday, "which, combined with the lack of peer-to-peer network ... (more)

VitalStream Reports Record Quarterly and Annual Revenues

VitalStream(R) Holdings, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: VSTH), the parent company of VitalStream, Inc., a global provider of integrated content delivery and streaming media services, today reported results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2004. Revenues for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2004 were $2,988,000, a 69 percent increase over revenues of $1,771,000 in the same period a year ago, and an 11 percent sequential increase over revenues of $2,691,000 in the third quarter of 2004.  Revenues for the full year 2004 were $9,972,000, a 42 percent increase... (more)

Nortel Establishes Global Operations Center of Excellence in Turkey

Nortel has announced further details of its new Global Operations Center of Excellence in Turkey. Located on the R&D campus of Nortel's Turkish subsidiary Nortel Netas in Umraniye, Istanbul, the new Operations Center of Excellence will create approximately 300 jobs for graduates and experienced network support experts. The creation of the Operations Center of Excellence is part of Nortel's ongoing business transformation. By reducing over 100 global centers and creating fewer, more focused, Centers of Excellence, Nortel aims to improve the quality of its technical product support... (more)

Skype Tells What Happened August 16; Notes That "The Bug Has Been Squashed"

Skype now says that the instability of its network that began on Thursday, followed by what it calls a "critical disruption," was triggered by a massive restart of Sykpe users’ computers across the globe within a very short timeframe as they re-booted after receiving a routine set of patches through Windows Update. Here is the statement currently being displayed (since 11:45 AM yesterday) on Skype's Heartbeat blog: "On Thursday, 16th August 2007, the Skype peer-to-peer network became unstable and suffered a critical disruption. The disruption was triggered by a massive rest... (more)