I've been having troubles with my Skype account all morning. At first it would go down, with an error message something to the effect that "Skype has stopped working" after relaunching it would work for a few minutes and then fail again, with the same message. Now it just refuses to connect. User interface links to help http://ui.skype.com/ui/0/18.104.22.168.259/en/help as well as Heartbeat - check the life signs on Skype products seem to be a no go as well as their community forums http://forum.skype.com/ . So I assume it's not just me. Just wondering now if this a MidWest, U.S., thing or if it's more global. Any comments? Let me know.