Fring lays off 10, shows Skype’s partnership with iSkoot pays

So Fring goes from 50 to 40 personnel. Big whoop. This is less a sign of trouble than of prudence. While the Fring layoff surprised Jan Geirnaert, Om Malik thinks it looks weak. It looks capital-conserving to me in light of the new economy. Skype’s clout matters in this space. Fring and EQO and iSkoot all courted Skype executives for a partnership. Only iSkoot got the nod, which led to their becoming the software behind Skype’s profitable 3 Skypephone and profitable relationships with carri

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