Enough time to watch 16 million movies or travel to the moon and back 225,000 times.
Ahmed Omran, a Saudi blogger who runs the Riyadh Bureau site, says that Saudi telecom companies may be tempted to go along with the request from the regulator – even though it will upset their customers – because of the loss of revenue they suffer from the free apps, which are hugely popular in the country.
The regulator said that since Skype let users make voice calls to fixed and mobile numbers in France and around the world, it had an obligation to allow emergency calls and permit legal interception of calls when required.
Microsoft’s online message, phone and video chat service Skype has denied making changes to its system “in order to provide law officers greater access” to its members’ conversations.
The company is launching a Facebook app on Tuesday that allows its fans to instead post a birthday song performed by a favorite band — and sing along, if they so choose.
Skype have just announced “Whilst we made every effort to try and restore your Online Number we were unsuccessful and as a result, all Online Numbers have been withdrawn in Italy.”
The $8.5bn (£5.4bn) deal would not “significantly impede effective competition across the single European market”, the European Commission said.
The European Commissioner for Competition, Joaquin Almunia, is expected to rule that the acquisition won’t harm competition or turn Skype into a Microsoft-exclusive platform.
A security consultant has notified Skype of a cross-site scripting flaw that could be used to change the password on someone’s account.
Cable giant Comcast is teaming up with Skype to offer its subscribers video calling on their TVs, in a move that could bring more affordable video conferencing to the home.