Net@night 171

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Episode 171

Net@night 171: Dana Brunetti and The Social Network

Ev Williams steps down as CEO of Twitter, Skype for all Android devices, interview with Dana Brunetti, and more.


  • Dana Brunetti, Producer, The Social Network


In early 2009, 12seconds seemed poised to hitch a ride onTwitter’s coattails and become a leading video complement to 140-character status updates. Today, some 18 months later, the startup is calling it quits, announcing that its service will go offline Oct. 22.

Mr. Williams intends to focus on product development while continuing to work for the company. The change in command at the privately held company turns over Twitter's leadership to Dick Costolo, an early investor who was hired as chief operating officer a year ago. Since Mr. Costolo's arrival, Twitter has moved into larger offices in San Francisco to accommodate a payroll that has swelled from a few dozen people to about 300 employees. Mr. Costolo, 47, also has played a key role in devising an advertising for Twitter as it tries to make money from an online audience that ballooned from 3 million registered users when Mr. Williams became chief executive officer in 2008 to 160 million now.

Update: To clarify, Skype for Mobile has long been available to Verizon customers. Today’s release makes available Skype for the Android platform as a whole. Non-Verizon subscribers will now be able to download Skype for Android through the Android Marketplace — regardless of carrier — as long as the device runs Android 2.1 or higher.

The Android app lets users make free Skype-to-Skype calls, as well as send and receive IMs for free. Calls to phones are charged at Skype’s standard rates. The app is capable of making calls on both Wi-Fi and 3G, though all carriers except Verizon are limiting it to Wi-Fi.

If you already have a Skype account, you’ll be able to instantly access your contact list on your Android device after logging in.

Skype for iPhone, which was launched in May 2010, is one of the most successful apps on the iOS platform, and we expect the Skype for Android to become a hit, too.

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  • Edited by: Tony
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