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Software glitch silences Skype service

Skype informs users its VoIP service is out of commission for 12 to 24 hours, due to a software glitch.

Skype users got a proverbial dead line when trying to dial out, or receive, a call on Thursday because of a software glitch with the VoIP service, according to a notice on Skype's Web site.

The notice begins: "Some of you may be having problems logging into Skype." So it's not yet entirely clear how many users are being denied service. The engineering staff at the Internet phone company expects to have the problem resolved within the next 12 to 24 hours, which would put a fix in place sometime Thursday or as late as Friday morning.

Affected Skype users are presently prevented from logging into the service, and prospective users are prevented from downloading Skype onto their systems.

So what's a gabby person to do without access to their Skype? Leave your Skype client running, so when the service is back up you'll automatically be logged on, advises Skype.