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Skype Takes Internet Communications One Step Further With New Pricing Strategy

Originally post here.

Disruptive pricing gives Skype users more value and choice.

LUXEMBOURG, January 18, 2007 – Skype, the global Internet communications company, today announced its new global pricing structure which offers a simple, convenient and cost-effective way for consumers worldwide to call landlines and mobiles over the Internet. The new pricing structure complements the foundation of Skype’s success in letting anyone in the world talk for free, from one Skype software account to another.

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The pricing structure is the latest in a series of new steps Skype is taking to give consumers a choice of easy-to-understand, value-based Internet communications packages. Initially focused on Europe, Skype’s new pricing strategy will roll out worldwide during 2007.

When launched in full, the pricing strategy consists of a premium subscription package (Skype Pro), one feature of which removes per-minute charges for SkypeOut calls to domestic landlines and includes a small connection fee.

“People like using Skype to make free calls from one Skype account to another but more and more they are choosing our paid for products that offer excellent value. As a result of this, we’re introducing a new pricing strategy today that will include a premium package. This premium package builds on the success we’ve had in North America and the UK with subscription-based calling promotions. It offers our users more for less because they can buy additional Skype paid for products but for a smaller cost,” said Stefan Öberg, General Manager, Skype Telecoms.

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As a part of Skype’s premium package the global dialing rate to a number of countries is also reduced. The first phase of the SkypeOut pricing structure, effective from 13.00 CET on Thursday January 18th 2007, includes a reduction in global dialing rates to 0.017 € per minute for: Czech Republic (including Prague), Guam, Hungary (including Budapest), Israel (including Jerusalem), Luxembourg, Malaysia (including Kuala Lumpur), Puerto Rico and both Alaska and Hawaii in the United States.

For some countries, this represents a reduction of up to 65 per cent.

Skype also confirmed today that its previously announced connection fee rates, applicable worldwide, are now effective. The connection fee is a straightforward set-up charge per call. The Skype Unlimited Calling plan in the U.S. and Canada and the Talk for Britain campaign in the UK do not include a connection fee for national calls.

The connection fee is 0.039 Euro, excl VAT or the equivalent in local currency.

Today Skype users around the world can make free voice and video calls to any other registered Skype users as well as send instant messages, transfer files and participate in Skypecasts which are live moderated conversations with up to 100 people.

Skype users can also take advantage of Skype’s premium calling features, including SkypeOut™ (calls from Skype to traditional landlines or mobiles), SkypeIn™ (a number which can be called from a normal phone anywhere in the world) and Skype Voicemail (takes calls when users are busy or offline).

As the world’s largest Internet communications community, Skype is committed to giving its users the ability to set their conversations free at home, at work and on the move. It is focused on further developing its ecosystem of more than 50 hardware partners and more than 150 Skype-certified devices to broaden the appeal of Skype to a wider base of users who want to use Skype away from the PC, no matter where they happen to be. This is especially true for Skype users who want to take advantage of the mobile Skype experience, which is already accessible to more than 5 million Skype users on over 120 different Windows Mobile Smartphones and pocket PC devices.

For more information, please go to http://www.skype.com/products/skypepro/

Connection Fee Rates Rates Based on Currency* (excl. VAT)

  • Australian Dollar (AUD) 0.059
  • Brazilian Real (BRL) 0.09
  • British Pound (GBP) 0.029
  • Canadian Dollar (CAD) 0.059
  • Danish Krone (DKK) 0.29
  • Euro (EUR) 0.039
  • Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) 0.39
  • Japanese Yen (JPY) 4.9
  • Norwegian Krone (NOK) 0.29
  • Polish Zloty (PLN) 0.149
  • Korean Won (KRW) 49
  • Swedish Krona (SEK) 0.39
  • Swiss Franc (CHF) 0.059
  • Taiwan Dollar (TWD) 1.6
  • US Dollar (USD) 0.039

*If your currency is not listed, the Euro rate is applicable

About Skype Skype is the world’s fastest-growing Internet communication offering, allowing unlimited free voice, video and instant messaging communication between users of Skype Software. With over 136 million registered users, Skype is available in 28 languages and is used in almost every country around the world. Skype generates revenue through its premium offerings such as making and receiving calls to and from landline and mobile phones, voicemail, call forwarding and personalization including ringtones and avatars. Skype also has relationships with a growing network of hardware and software providers. Visit Skype at http://www.skype.com.

Skype is an eBay company (NASDAQ: EBAY). To learn more visit skype.com.

Access to a broadband Internet connection is required for Skype and all Skype Certified devices and accessories. Skype is not a replacement for your traditional telephone service and cannot be used for emergency calling.

Skype, SkypeIn, SkypeOut, Skype Me, Skype Certified, Skypecasts, associated logos and the “S” symbol are trademarks of Skype Limited.

January 19, 2007 at 10:58 am 9 comments

Corporate Profile – Baaima NV, creator of Joost

Company: Baaima NV, creator of Joost™ (formerly The Venice Project)

Company logo:

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Location: Luxembourg-based

Launch Date: Not officially launched

In the company’s own words, what is it? Joost™ is a new way to watch TV, free of the schedules and restrictions that come with traditional television. Combining the best of TV with the best of the internet, Joost™ gives you more control and freedom than ever before – control over what you watch, and freedom to watch it whenever you like. We’re providing a platform for the best television content on the planet – a platform that will bring you the biggest and best shows from the TV studios, as well as the specialist programs created by professionals and enthusiasts. It’s all overlaid with a raft of nifty features that help you find the shows you love, watch and chat with friends, and even create your own TV channels.

Outside quote about company: Greg Sandoval of CNET News says, “Joost‘s nifty technology may be enough to sway the entertainment industry to place a bet on proven winners in Friis and Zennstrom.

A menu allows users to switch channels with a click of a link. Users will also have TiVo-like control of the content and access to any show offered regardless of time of day. They can also can skip ahead or backward within a show.

The Luxembourg-based company will support itself with advertising, specifically Internet ads that behave just like TV commercials.”

Features:
* first global TV distribution platform
* interactive, community-driven environment
* viewable anytime, anywhere with a broadband Internet connection
* broadcast-quality content
* free
* secure

Screen Shots:

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Management/Directors:

Fredrik de Wahl, CEO
Janus Friis, Co-founder
Niklas Zennström, Co-founder
Dirk-Willem van Gulik, CTO

Relevant Links:
http://joost.com/press/2007/01/the-venice-project-code-named-no-more.html
http://blogs.business2.com/business2blog/2007/01/venice_project_.html
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2085227,00.asp
http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/8689/1103/

January 18, 2007 at 1:57 pm 4 comments

meebo Inc. Continues Strong Growth and Secures Series B Funding Led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson

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Original link of article can be found here.

Past coverage about Meebo from TechAddress can be found here.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–meebo, Inc., the popular web-based instant messaging (IM) provider, today announced that over the past three months the company doubled registered users to more than one million, collaborated with leading platforms for distribution and secured $9 million in funding from venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ). The investment is a Series B round of funding for meebo and includes previous investor Sequoia Capital. Tim Draper, DFJ Founder and Managing Director, joins meebos board of directors.

meebo continues to catch on with new users across the globe. After announcing 500,000 user-accounts just three months ago, meebo doubled its registered users to 1 million; including 4.5 million unique screen names signing-in monthly. Additionally, meebo has more than 1.2 million daily logins and exchanges 75 million messages per day with average sessions of 70 minutes. On the business development front, meebo continues to collaborate with leading web platforms including Windows Live Spaces, netvibes, WordPress and SixApart as well as social networks Amie Street, Traineo, ChickAdvisor and Schmedley.

Its been an incredible year for meebo. In addition to securing this new round of funding and forming some great distribution relationships, weve also expanded our user base. With more than a million daily logins and users spending more than 165 years with us every day, meebo is quickly becoming the place to be for instant communication on the web, said Seth Sternberg, CEO and co-founder, meebo. We are thrilled to have Tim and DFJ on board, and with past successes like Hotmail and Skype, they have shown a knack for building disruptive communications companies.

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meebo is a web-based instant messaging service that allows users to access all of their IM buddies from any computer with a web browser, anytime, anywhere. Using AJAX technology, meebo creates a software-like experience on the web, requiring no software downloads or installs. Known for engaging their large user base in site development and refinement, meebo encourages feedback from users and built a simple and highly-robust platform to address changing IM needs.

We see in meebo the same qualities weve seen in our past successful investments: viral growth, passionate users, defendable technology and a super-dedicated team, said Tim Draper, Founder and Managing Director, Draper Fischer Jurvetson. meebo is positioned to completely change the communications game on the web.

meebo Expands its Platform

Since launching in September 2005, the company has expanded and built upon its core platform. Some recent highlights include:

  • August 2006: The meebo meTM widgetextends meebos IM communications platform beyond meebo.com and into any web page. The meebo me widget has two main features: it enables site-owners to privately chat with anyone visiting their website; and it offers real-time presence information for site-owners to see visitors on their page. The meebo meTM widget is easily integrated with social networking sites, blogs, commerce sites and more.
  • November 2006: meebo 1.0 full releasecrossed off several major requests from meebos users. With this release, upgrades and features included: new visual design, pop outs, optimized performance, skinning, updated chat logs, buddy list management, individual account management, improved localized UI and AIM profiles.
  • February 2007: meebo will shortly support a meebo me application programming interface (API)a simple mechanism for partners to seamlessly push meebo me to their users. Partners are able to use all of the functionalities of meebo me, but customized for their sites, i.e. setting the size and colors of the widgets to match their website design.

meebo and the meebo meTM widget work with Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and almost any other web browser. The meebo services are free. For more information visit www.meebo.com.

About meebo Inc.

meebo is the first Web-based instant messaging service that gives users, no matter where they are, a hassle-free way to connect to every major instant messaging service using only a browser. With meebo, there is no need to download and run multiple software products. meebos investors include Sequoia Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and other individual investors. More than 1,200,000 meebo sessions are initiated daily. The company is based in Mountain View, CA, and offers its free service at www.meebo.com.

About Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Draper Fisher Jurvetson is the only venture capital firm with global presence through a network of affiliated funds, with offices in more than 30 cities around the world and approximately $4 billion in capital commitments. DFJ’s mission is to identify, provide capital for, and serve extraordinary entrepreneurs anywhere who want to change the world. Over the past twenty years, DFJ has been proud to back approximately 300 companies across a myriad of sectors including such industry changing catalysts as Hotmail (acquired by MFST), Baidu (BIDU), Skype (acquired by EBAY), United Online (UNTD), Overture (acquired by YHOO), Interwoven (IWOV), 411 (acquired by YHOO), Parametric (PMTC), and Digidesign (acquired by AVID).

January 18, 2007 at 12:46 am 8 comments

Interview with Brandon Watson, CEO and Founder of IMSafer

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Below is an interview with Brandon Watson, CEO and Founder of IMSafer. We hope you find the interview informative and useful. Please visit their website and check it out! http://www.imsafer.com/


TechAddress:
Tell me a bit about your company, what it does and what’s your value proposition?

IMSafer:
IMSafer helps parents protect kids and teens from predators that approach online while still giving them the privacy they crave.

TechAddress: What makes your company stand apart from your competitors?

IMSafer: The products for protecting children online are overwhelming for parents, hard to use, and require too much work on the part of the parents. IMSafer is “simple,” “easy to use” and “effective.” The basis of what we do is built on the perception of trust and communication. We don’t allow parents to spy on every conversation their child has online, if our language analysis identifies a threat, we let parents see that threat and enough of the conversation to give them proper context.

TechAddress: What are some of the main features?

IMSafer: Our language analysis notes text that may be inappropriate or may be indicative of predatory behavior and gives parents a notification with a ‘snapshot of the conversation’ along with a ‘rating’ of that screen name that is generated by other parents. They can then vote themselves on that person to help other parents make informed decisions. Users of our IMSafer Social Networking Service can also be notified when their children receive links to social networking sites.

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TechAddress: Who’s your target customer or audience?

IMSafer: Parents of kids and teens that go online who respect their children’s privacy as well as their duty to protect their kids should check out IMSafer and give it a try.

TechAddress: Any new things in particular that you’re working on right now?

IMSafer: We are constantly improving our language analysis engine. We think of it like an anti-virus database, people are always trying to figure out new ways to do harm, and we’re trying to stay a few steps ahead of them.

TechAddress: Where do you see your company heading in the future?

IMSafer: We’re going to stay a few steps ahead of the predators. For example if kids start moving away from social networks and into something new like mobile group chat, that’s where we’ll be.

TechAddress: Any negative feedback or criticism regarding technology and services?

IMSafer: Criticism comes for the most part from people that don’t understand how our service works. A parent’s first job is to protect their child. We give the parents a tool to help them do that while giving the child as much freedom and privacy as we can to still be effective. Once kids see that we aren’t spying and that their parents only get alerts on clearly bad language, they are generally in support of the program.

TechAddress: So what would you say is the guiding principle behind your company?

IMSafer: Each of us had at least one conversation with a guidance counselor who said, “If only you could use your powers for good.” This is our chance.

TechAddress: What is the mission of your company and what are you bringing to the market that is innovative?

IMSafer: We started with a simple plan: to rethink the problem of protecting kids online. “Simple,” “easy to use” and “effective” are our guiding principles. The products for protecting children online are overwhelming for parents, hard to use, and require too much work on the part of the parents. IMSafer is simple, easy to use and effective.

TechAddress: Where are you in terms of funding and your lifecycle?

IMSafer: IMSafer does not disclose current funding.

TechAddress: If your technology or service is not formally launched yet, when’s the launch date? If you have already launched, when was your launch date?

IMSafer: We launched IMSafer on October 3rd, 2006 and added IMSafer Social Networking Service on October 18th, 2006. Today, 1/17, we announced support for Microsoft Vista and the Mac. We’ve tied in to Vista’s Parental Control API’s to build on the great work that Microsoft has done and created a Wizard to make it as easy as possible for parents to protect their kids online. Our complete announcement is up at http://www.imsafer.com/splash/press

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January 17, 2007 at 10:56 am Leave a comment

Pixsy Launches PixsyPower and PhotoSense

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Pixsy Launches PixsyPower and PhotoSense
Media Search Technology Now Available to all Websites; Unveils Search Engine Ad Unit
San Francisco, CA — Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Pixsy Corporation, a next-generation media search platform that powers private label image and video search engines, today announced PixsyPower, a suite of media search tools and widgets for website publishers of all sizes. PixsyPower tools enable website publishers to increase their site traffic by offering unique content and media search functionality to their visitors.

PixsyPower enables bloggers, social networking sites, or any website to run private label photo and video search engines and widgets on their sites by simply signing up for free at PixsyPower.com. Image and video search are the fastest growing search verticals on the web and PixsyPower enables any website publisher to tap into this popular consumer activity within their own site. With three easy steps, Pixsy’s image and video search engine and widgets can be deployed on any website with content customized to the specific topic of their site. The service also provides a set of reporting tools to track visitor activities and search patterns.

“Pixsy’s business model of using media search tools to create search traffic on websites is a unique and effective way of generating new targeted advertising inventory across the web,” said Jack Klues, Chairman, Publicis Groupe Media. “We believe that Pixsy is well positioned to significantly exploit this growing market.”

Pixsy PhotoSense
The PixsyPower service features the new Pixsy PhotoSense tool, allowing publishers to select a category or specific provider and create an advertising unit that can be dropped into their site. This ad unit changes dynamically to deliver fresh and interesting visual content, changing all the time. Whether the topic is news, sports, celebrities or entertainment, PhotoSense enables publishers to customize their images and videos, as well as select their content providers and categories. PhotoSense is available in all major IAB size ad units.

With the new Pixsy PhotoSense Search Widget, website publishers can run a full blown media search engine inside their site. Photo and video searches can be performed and viewed directly inside the widget. For example, a travel website can have a travel photo and video search engine directly inside their site, with photo and video results showing up inside the widget on the site.

PixsyPower is the next breakthrough in the evolution of our media search distribution business,” said Chase Norlin, CEO, Pixsy Corporation. “Media search should be in the hands of all website operators, not just the big search portals.”

About Pixsy
Pixsy Corporation is a next-generation media search platform that powers private label image and video search engines for online publishers. Pixsy has offices in San Francisco, CA and Seattle, WA and was founded by a team of engineers and business leaders hailing from Microsoft, Sony, and ValueClick.

Contact:
Pixsy Corporation
Lauren Karp
415.533.4000
lauren[at]pixsy.com

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January 16, 2007 at 7:47 pm Leave a comment

Seattle-based SynapseLife bets peers want to be more productive

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TechAddress would like to thank SynapseLife for the opportunity to post the following information prior to its official realase:

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Staying Connected Has Never Been Easier

Seattle-based SynapseLife bets peers want to be more productive

Seattle, WA (January 10, 2006) – Chances are your teenager, sibling, or workmates are using Facebook, MySpace, or another Internet social network on a daily basis. In this virtual civilization, they can message back and forth, peek into the world of others, and generally experience another existence.

The majority of contenders in this arena are designing their web products to provide entertainment to their users. While there is no question that entertainment sells, what else can this new and creative medium provide?

– Enter SynapseLife!

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SynapseLife is the brainchild of Mark Michael and Daniel Rust, based out of Seattle, Washington. And they are betting that their peers need everyday web/mobile tools to complement their online social use.

Since originally launching SynapseLife October 2006 as a free product the young company quickly gained popularity in over 34 countries worldwide, with 75 percent of its users residing in the United States. Users were immediately enthused by its enhanced group of web-based applications for managing their personal, contact, and favorite information.

With SynapseLife users can easily upload their contacts, favorites, calendars events, and a variety of other useful information from their computers, and have access to it from any Internet-ready device. They can set up RSS feeds, access their email, create a budget, communicate and share information.

With its Phase 2 release scheduled for January 10, 2007, they have enhanced the package to allow sharing of information, expanded its tagging and search features, and have added a variety of other new and innovative features.

One of its most creative additions includes an option for launching a browser toolbar for sharing of information between other social networking applications and SynapseLife. The toolbar currently supports interface with Facebook.com, with ability to share with other popular social networks to soon follow.

“The primary focus of this update is to expand our user’s capability to complement their experiences with social networks,” explained Mark Michael. “This fills a gap, since other community projects seem to have neglected to offer their user’s functional applications that allow them to manage their everyday lives.”

“We initially focused on providing a Facebook.com interface for our toolbar, because our users requested it, and Facebook has a large market penetration,” explains Daniel Rust, SynapseLife’s Chief Architect. “We will then start to tackle interface with the other popular network applications.”

SynapseLife has gained their quick notoriety primarily through exposure on many of the Internet’s most popular technical blogs, such as TechCrunch.com and Business 2.0, with several providing review of the initial SynapseLife product and interviews with its developers.

“We expect that with launch of the Phase 2 release, that our current user base will expand impressively within a matter of weeks,” says Mark Michael. “This is the pattern we have seen in the past, and expect the major enhancements included in the Phase 2 release to stimulate similar excitement.”

Currently SynapseLife is a free product, and both its developers have stated that it will always include a free component. Users can start using SynapseLife simply going to www.synapselife.com and setting up an account. Its simple and no software needs downloaded to your device.

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January 9, 2007 at 7:09 pm Leave a comment

Corporate Profile – FeedBurner, Inc.

Company: FeedBurner, Inc.

Company logo:

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Location: Headquartered in Chicago, IL

Launch Date:
February, 2004

In the company’s own words, what is it? FeedBurner is the leading provider of media distribution and audience engagement services for blogs and RSS feeds. Our Web-based tools help bloggers, podcasters and commercial publishers promote, deliver and profit from their content on the Web.

FeedBurner also offers the largest feed and blog advertising network that brings together an unprecedented caliber of content aggregated from the world’s most recognized media companies (e.g. Wall Street Journal Online, Wired News, Ziff Davis), A-list bloggers and blog networks and individual publishers from around the world.

Outside quote about company: Raanan Bar-Cohen, director of product strategy at Dow Jones Online said, “Our adoption of FeedFlare, coupled with FeedBurner’s growing suite of tools that leverage RSS, will yield tremendous benefits for our audience and advertisers. Working with FeedBurner gives us the ability to rapidly test and deploy integrated offerings in our feeds, providing the flexibility and speed that is critical in today’s media marketplace.”

Features:
* Exceptional network of publishers
* Media is priced on a CPM basis, and ads are targeted by content channel
* Self-serve ad creation and performance monitoring
* Full third-party ad serving support

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Management/Directors:
Dick Costolo, co-founder and CEO
Eric Lunt, co-founder and CTO
Steve Olechowski, co-founder and COO
Matt Shobe, co-founder and Chief Design Officer

Relevant Links:
http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/pressreleases?release=feedburner_delivering_feeds_an.jsp
http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/pressreleases?release=dow_jones_online_selects_feedb_1.jsp
http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/pressreleases?release=twenty_of_the_worlds_top_blog.jsp
http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/pressreleases?release=feedburner_wins_chicago_innova.jsp

January 8, 2007 at 4:07 pm 1 comment

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