If banning Youtube, Facebook and Twitter isn't enough for China, well-- surprise, surprise! VOIP service provider Skype is the next internet service that will be banned in China.
According to the Shanghai Daily, it was reported that:
"The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said all VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) phone services are illegal on the Chinese mainland, except those provided by telecommunications carriers China Telecom and China Unicom. The ministry gave no timetable on when the ruling takes effect."
That is one helluva way to ensure that both of China's state-owned telecommunications monopolies stay as monopolies. On the other hand, this news might piss off Chinese companies that use Skype to conduct business with other countries.
But never fear, I'm pretty sure a "new" Chinese version of Skype will come around. You know how THEY do!