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eBay To Spin Off Skype

Bidding starts on the auction site’s biggest ever sale, while Skype starts preparing to spread its wings

Nokia E75: A Very Capable Qwerty

The E75 is Nokia’s first phone with a sliding qwerty keyboard – and it looks like the company has covered all the bases with a very attractive machine

Nortel and Siemens Get Unified

Nortel and Siemens are unveiling new software and services designed to make it easier and more affordable for enterprises to buy and deploy unified communications platforms.

Polycom Pushes High-End Video Conferencing

Video conferencing specialist Polycom says its HD-ready system, will boost take-up of telepresence, and cut business travel, but  analysts warn of slow uptake and hidden costs around the technology

Gmail Failure: Reality Bites for Cloud Computing

Update: Gmail is back, after a two-hour outage. The company has not yet said how many people were affected, but twitter traffic from round the world reveals a major outage. That’s a pain for millions of ordinary users – but it could be a disaster for those planning to sell application services in the cloud.

W3C Calls for Web 2.0 Data Sharing

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)  has called for social networking applications like Facebook and Twitter to share profiles and data, to grow further Web 2.0 opportunities.

Google Quietly Declares E-Mail War on Yahoo

Many people send e-mail messages while exhausted, angry or inebriated that they later regret. As part of Google’s quest to attract users to its Gmail service, the Internet search and messaging and collaboration company has introduced dozens of features via Gmail Labs, including one that, after a certain time, makes a user solve a math problem before sending an e-mail, giving time to rethink it. Because Google makes money every time e-mail users click on ads, it is enhancing its e-mail service to increase advertising and take market share away from Yahoo.

Who Is the Best Skype Suitor? Google, Microsoft or Yahoo?

It’s impossible for eBay to report quarterly earnings without the usual deliberations about what the company could, would or should do with Skype. So it comes as no surprise that media hounded eBay CEO John Donahoe about the VOIP unit, one of those anomalous acquisitions that people still scratch their heads about. For £1.8 billion, Skype was an overpriced, albeit trendy, technology play for eBay to make in 2005.

Google Finally Enables Offline Access for Gmail

Google’s long-awaited offline access for Gmail is here, bringing a sigh of relief to users of Google’s messaging and collaboration software. Google Apps Standard Edition users will be able to access it immediately with a few steps, while consumers will see a more gradual rollout. The move should put Google on a more level playing field in cloud computing versus Microsoft, Yahoo Zimbra, Zoho and others with e-mail clients that already provide offline access.