Last week at Disrupt Beijing, Sarah Lacy interviewed Skype co-founder and Atomico investor Niklas Zennstrom. (You can watch the full fireside chat in the video above.) Zennstrom was a pioneer in building a series of startups on peer-to-peer technology (Skype, Kazaaa, Joost), but towards the end of the interview he says, “Peer to peer is not disruptive today.” Sometimes it makes sense to use it, sometimes it doesn’t. Many networks are hybrid. But what was originally a competitive advantage...Read Full Story
Created by the founders of Kazaa and Skype, Rdio is offering the first look at its much anticipated streaming offering with an expanded private beta. Designed to be a social music experience, all four major labels along with several indie aggregators are already on board. Rdio is launching its preview program in the US, and expects to be available to the public later this year. The service can be accessed via the web or smartphones, and delivers unlimited, on-demand access to 5 million...Read Full Story
The founders of Skype fired another salvo Friday against online auction giant eBay's plans to sell the Web communications service.Joltid and Joost, two companies owned by Skype founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, filed a lawsuit in a Delaware court against former Joost chief executive Mike Volpi and Index Ventures, an investment firm seeking to buy Skype from eBay.Volpi is a partner in Index Ventures and in the lawsuit filed on Friday he was accused of using his previous position at...Read Full Story
Adconion Media Group announced Tuesday it has acquired the assets of Joost, an online video portal from the founders of Skype that failed to live up to its pre-launch buzz.Terms of Adconion's purchase of "certain assets" of the privately-held Joost were not disclosed. Digital media website PaidContent.org said about a dozen of Joost's remaining 20 employees will join Adconion.Joost was launched with great fanfare in January 2007 but it never really caught on with the public and lagged behind...Read Full Story
Skype, the popular peer-to-peer digital calling service, may be in the hands of new owners soon: its original owners. According to the New York Times, this may all happen in a complicated transaction involving private equity firms, an already-pending lawsuit, and eBay’s itch to unload the service.
It’s no secret that eBay, which purchased Skype for about $2.6 billion in 2005, wants to sell off its asset. eBay is struggling with market share and has admitted in the past that there not many...Read Full Story
Joost offers TV anywhere, anytime. It is a new startup run by the same folks that created Skype. Find news about the company, share your opinion about the service and comment on the potential impact Joost will have on the media industry.
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.