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Best Apps to Manage Your Money

Money magazine has served up a bounty of mobile apps to help you save more and budget better. Let's take a look at their top recommendations:

What the Looming Retirement Bubble Means for You

Most Americans aren't saving anywhere near enough money to live out their golden years comfortably. Odd are, you're one of them. If so, here are a few ways you can realign your finances and plans with reality ... before it's too late.

Six Ways to Save on Your Phone Bill Through the Cloud

Communication is increasingly moving off the grid and into the cloud. For cellphone users -- especially ones with smartphones -- there are a host of online tools and apps that can help reduce usage on carrier plans and save money. Here are a half dozen easy options.

Comcast, Skype Hope We'll Buy HD Video Phone on TV

Comcast has announced that it will soon offer a high-def Skype video calling service on the TVs of its cable customers. But will people have any interest in using Skype on their televisions when they can already use it on mobile devices and PCs?

Microsoft Unlikely to Boost Rates on Premium Skype Plan

Microsoft has a lot of plans for squeezing profits out of its $8.5 billion acquisition of Internet phone service Skype, but raising the rates on its premium VoIP service is unlikely to be among them, according to industry analysts.

Skype Narrows Earnings Loss, Boosts Subscribers

Internet-telephone service Skype has boosted its subscribers and cut costs, substantially shrinking its 2010 loss from a year earlier, the company reported in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Friday.

The Secret Weapon Behind eBay's Comeback

After a long, painful transformation from an online auction site to a mobile-focused e-commerce hub, eBay is finally staging a comeback, online and on Wall Street. But auction sales don't account for its rousing recovery. For that, it has PayPal to thank.

Skype's Founders May Have a Hit Music Service

Rdio was envisioned and launched by Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, who have had a dry spell since starting Skype. Rdio, however, could be another smash, thanks to a confluence of trends that the duo appears to be picking up on at the right time.

Cisco Unveils Lower-Price Videoconferencing Gear

The new products, which Cisco acquired when it bought Tandberg earlier this year, are aimed at midsize companies as Cisco expands its reach beyond Fortune 500 customers. The new products are part of Cisco's TelePresence lineup.

Skype LInks Up With Japan's No. 2 Cell Carrier

Skype has made a trans-Pacific connection with Japan's second largest mobile carrier, announcing Monday that it plans to offer its Internet phone and video chat service to KDDI's customers. The partnership, which is similar Skype's agreement with Verizon, could bode well for its IPO plans.

Skype's New CEO Has a Tough Job Ahead of Him

It's obvious why Tony Bates, the incoming CEO of Skype, was tapped for the gig: The upstart communications company needs a serious player at the helm to help it crack the corporate market. But solving the many problems of wild child Skype won't be easy for the ex-Cisco executive.

Skype Releases Android Smartphone App

Skype released its app for Android phones today. Phones using Google%u2019s (GOOG) Android 2.1 and 2.2 operating systems can download the free app now, Electronista reported. The app lets users make free Skype-to-Skype calls over wireless Internet in the U.S. In Europe, users can make Skype calls over GPRS, EDGE and 3G.

Skype and Facebook Discuss Alliance

Internet phone provider Skype and Facebook Inc are in discussions to join forces on communications services, The Wall Street Journal said. As part of a partnership to be announced in the next few weeks, Facebook users will be able to sign into Skype using Facebook Connect accounts. Once signed in, they can video chat, voice chat and send text messages to Facebook friends from inside Skype.

India Will Ask Skype and Google for Access to Internet Data

India will ask search-engine company Google (GOOG) and Internet phone service Skype to set up servers in the country and give authorities there access to Internet data, Reuters reported. India is seeking to crack down on Internet security, threatening to ban the use of BlackBerry smartphones if Research In Motion (RIMM) did not allow the government to monitor messages.

Why Skype Should Skip IPO, Take a Buyout Deal

Earth to Skype: Forget those lofty IPO plans. If Cisco Systems or a telecom company comes knocking on your door with a multibillion dollar buyout offer, take the money and run, say institutional investors and Wall Street soothsayers.

Is Cisco Making a Pre-IPO Bid to Buy Skype?

Cisco Systems has reportedly made a bid for Skype, even as the Internet videochat service is gearing up for an IPO, according to TechCrunch. The folks at Skype are hoping to land an IPO valuation of $5 billion, so it would likely take an offer as good or better than that to get them to bite.

India Takes Aim at Google, Skype and the BlackBerry

Earlier this week, smartphone maker Research In Motion agreed to provide Saudi officials with keys that would enable them to track user messages sent via BlackBerry. Now India wants in. The Indian government has said it might block BlackBerry use unless it, too, can monitor messaging. It has also threatened to curtail the activities of Skype and Google.