tony bates

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.