Microsoft is acquiring the voice and video chatting service Skype for $8.5 billion. Skype’s services can be attached to a slew of Microsoft’s products and will help the company compete with Apple’s FaceTime. The purchase also adds value by giving Microsoft access to 107 million Skype users. In other news, Google finally launched its streaming music service, Google Music. The product that was supposed to stream music from a massive library will instead act as an online storage locker. You can request an invitation to join the beta and begin listening to your music library remotely. And finally, the FCC announced the Personal Localized Alerting Network, which enables the government to send nationwide text messages. The service will only be used for Presidential messages, imminent safety concerns and Amber alerts. It rolls out in New York City by the end of the year and nationwide soon after.
Shelly Palmer Radio Report – May 11, 2011
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).