Microsoft blocks censorship of Skype in China – advocacy group

Microsoft Corp. has made it harder to monitor calls and chats over its Skype phone service in China, a freedom of expression advocacy group said, as the Chinese government steps up censorship of the Internet.Skype said on Monday it had ended an eight-year joint-venture with Hong Kong-based TOM Group – 51 percent owned by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-Shing – and found a new partner in China.

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