Alon Cohen (alon)
BITWINE PARTNERS WITH SKYPE
Launch of Skype 3.0 to Include the “Trusted Advice from Real People” Service
TENAFLY, NEW JERSEY AND LONDON – December 14, 2006 – BitWine Inc., the online provider of ‘Trusted Advice from Real People,” announced that it has been selected by Skype, the Internet communication company, to be included in the new Skype 3.0, to be released today. With the new BitWine Extra, Skype users not only have enhanced audio and video capabilities, but also the ability to personally charge or pay for their time while using rich media calls.
The “BitWine Taskbar Skype Edition” is fully integrated into Skype 3.0, which allows users to provide paid advice or instantly purchase the advice or knowledge urgently needed using Skype and PayPal.
“We followed bloggers and answer leaders on different forums, and a recurring theme was the desire of skilled, knowledgeable individuals to be able to charge for the advice that they had been dispensing for free,” stated Alon Cohen, BitWine’s co-founder.
“By combining the power of Skype’s rich media audio and video communications, we can now open our service beyond dispensing advice to a whole set of diverse rich media services ranging from music lessons to language tutoring to securing a second opinion on legal and medical issues.”
BitWine’s features are designed to promote instant trust between the service purchaser and supplier. The buyer does not have to prepay for service. Both parties can hear and see each other, and the buyer only pays if he feels comfortable with the interaction. Using the patent-pending payment system on the BitWine Taskbar, Skype users will now be able to securely pay and receive instant checks.
In addition BitWine offers an interface for bloggers (a small Widget and a static link), to invite readers to call them for personal discussions that can be converted to revenue in real time. BitWine’s service also provides scheduling for optimal time management and a highly developed feedback and ranking system.
“The launch of Skype 3.0 provides an exciting portfolio of selected applications” said Paul Amery, Skype Director of Developer Programs. “We have been working to enable Skype as a distribution platform for third party add-ons. Applications such as BitWine Extra that use both Skype and PayPal™ are important in enabling end users to generate revenue while further integrating Skype into their day-to-day work or life. “This is an outstanding opportunity to present our service to an audience that is already sophisticated enough to appreciate Skype’s many advantages,” concludes Cohen. “We are very pleased that Skype shares our vision of bringing people together for their mutual benefit in this way.”
About BitWine BitWine connects skilled individuals from a wide range of fields with the people seeking to learn from them. Operated by a team of professionals who are committed to the philosophy that each one of us possesses talents that can be shared in a mutually beneficial way, BitWine facilitates the mutual enrichment of both partners in the helping relationship. BitWine is a privately held company with headquarters in Tenafly, New Jersey.
“Skype and PayPal are eBay companies (NASDAQ: EBAY).”
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