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Skype Suffers Outage

December 22, 2010

Skype suffered technical problems on Wednesday that kept its users from signing into their accounts.

“Some of you may have problems signing in to Skype — we’re investigating, and we’re sorry for the disruption to your conversations,” Skype said on its Twitter feed @Skype.

The company said in a follow-up message:  “Our engineers and site operations team are working non-stop to get things back to normal — thanks for your continued patience.”

Skype is a service that bypasses the standard telephone network by channeling voice, video and text conversations over the Internet.

The company announced plans in August to raise $100 million in shares by listing on the Nasdaq stock exchange.

Skype was founded in 2003 by Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis and has millions of users worldwide.

It was bought by eBay last year for over $3 billion. 

The last time Skype suffered a major outage was in August 2007.

ReadWriteWeb estimated that Skype has dropped about 8 million calls.

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