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Skype has 100 Million Users, and Counting

AP reports that Internet telephony provider Skype announced it now has more than 100 million registered users worldwide. Luxembourg-based Skype had 54 million members when it was bought last September for $2.6 billion by online auctioneer eBay Inc.

Founded by the creators of Kazaa, the free file-sharing program that riled the music business, Skype gives away software that lets people talk for free from computer to computer, or pay a small fee to place and receive calls from regular phones -- which upsets the telcos. However, the number of people who use Skype regularly may be far less than the number of registered users -- the Skype application reported that as many as 5.9 million people were logged-in at one moment in time.

Internet phone providers like Skype are creating upheaval in the telecommunications industry and putting pressure on traditional operators with low prices and creative added features.

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