Microsoft and Skype privacy reports

I sometimes still find it hard to believe that Skype is owned by Microsoft, but here we are, and I am constantly reminded of it, whenever I try to log in to my MSN account and it screeches back “CHANGE TO SKYPE MSN WILL BE GONE SOON!”. In my personal opinion, it is SAD, because I will definitely miss my custom emoticons. But if we look forward, we see that Microsoft is already pressured about the way it manages Skype. This time, a number of campaign groups is requesting Microsoft to reveal various details about how it stores confidential information. Considering that Google and Twitter had provided such transparency reports already, it’s only natural that Microsoft does that as well, right?built-in-androidIf you are wondering whether Microsoft can access the video or audio data of your Skype conversations, then, according to the company, Skype-to-Skype calls are not directed through its data centers, and they are also encrypted. So, if someone else taps into your conversation, it would not be possible make sense of the data. Nevertheless, things change when you are using the group chat function, then the data go through Microsoft’s servers, so that it would be possible to “aggregate the media streams”.

Aside from the official Microsoft policies, it also depends on which country you reside in, and what the governmental policies towards Skype are. They might want to access Skype data, and let Microsoft know about it. So, naturally, the more we know of where our Skype conversations go to, the better.

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Facebook pimps Instagram for Web

Do you have Instagram? I suck at taking photos, so I don’t, but I often see my friends sharing photos with it over Twitter or Facebook. And since Facebook has acquired Instagram, the photo-sharing application has been extended from mobile platforms to the web. It means that instead of uploading your pictures only via your mobile devices, you will be able to do so via your PC as well. Since Instagram has been purchased by Facebook and this new feature is introduced by the social network website, it is quite obvious why Instagram’s web-based profiles look very much like Facebook pages.

However, the users will not be able to upload pictures from the web for a time being, because Instagram’s focus is on producing photos from mobile devices. According to Facebook, until all new features start working, the users will be able to vie and download images from the service on the web. Once everything is set, the Instagram service should be available for a lot more users than before. Automatically, the Facebook environment will become more appealing to marketers. Which translates as “advertising money”. Continue reading