Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd Jun 2011 22:23 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Internet & Networking "One researcher has decided he wants to make Skype open source by reverse engineering the protocol the service uses. In fact, he claims to have already achieved that reverse engineering feat on a new skype-open-source blog. The source code has been posted for versions 1.x/3.x/4.x of Skype as well as details of the rc4 layer arithmetic encoding the service uses."
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by Valhalla on Sat 4th Jun 2011 13:52 UTC
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I haven't seen this mentioned on OS-News (which is weird since it has made the round on all other tech sites I visit) but Google's Web-RTC is basically offering Skype through your browser, with Chrome (naturally), Mozilla and Opera implementing it. Again it's free (I'm sort of missing mrhasbean's downvoted comments saying 'it's not freee!') and fully open source so it can be picked up by Safari and IE but due to politics it will likely only be available as plugins for those browsers.

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