Night is getting on when three Korean girls in negligée cocktail dresses slip through the crowd, carrying electric violins on their way to the aft stage.The yacht yaws to port as the group saws into a number that no one can understand. The boat sits on yacht row, made up here for the 3GSM World Congress.

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Even so, in the fall of 2003, a guy on a motorbike chased Zennström and his wife through London's Branham Gardens clutching a subpoena in his hand.

Progressively more camera-shy and out of sight, Zennström and Friis decided to hide away in the former Soviet bloc and work on a new bomb with a team of programmers.

Once Napster fell, Kazaa raised the flag, quickly going on to become the most downloaded software on the brief time line of the Internet: 390 million total downloads, with three billion files traded per month.

Having what amounts to roughly every citizen of America on board, plus another 95 million, would seem to cue the party.

Zennström and Friis played it coy, claiming that they merely wanted to allow consenting adults to share their collections with one another, and that they were already pursuing licensing agreements.

To be safe, they haven't touched down in America since 2002, preferring to limit any argument for jurisdiction.With their new program, Skype, all they want to do is commandeer all the phones in the world.Equipped with boyish energy and one lazy eye each, the partners divide their days among London, Luxembourg, and subzero Estonia, where Skype rolls out—with very little overhead and without that Silicon Valley chatter.Stately seagoing tubs rented to Black Berry, LG, Philips, Cisco Systems, Siemens, Toshiba, and other firms of varying size and ambition bob in one another's faint wakes. If you were to scan the group on this yacht (rented by the P. A./mobile-phone producer I-Mate, which, like Motorola, has signed a deal to pre-package its models with Skype) and then guess who is responsible for all the noise in Cannes, you would be forgiven for choosing the violinists.Over in the corner, a linguistic tiff continues."Danish is bastardized Swedish," says Zennström, who is from Sweden."Yes, well, Swedish is a derivative of Danish," says Friis, from Denmark.They eventually left Kazaa in the hands of an Australian company, selling the site for

To be safe, they haven't touched down in America since 2002, preferring to limit any argument for jurisdiction.With their new program, Skype, all they want to do is commandeer all the phones in the world.Equipped with boyish energy and one lazy eye each, the partners divide their days among London, Luxembourg, and subzero Estonia, where Skype rolls out—with very little overhead and without that Silicon Valley chatter.Stately seagoing tubs rented to Black Berry, LG, Philips, Cisco Systems, Siemens, Toshiba, and other firms of varying size and ambition bob in one another's faint wakes. If you were to scan the group on this yacht (rented by the P. A./mobile-phone producer I-Mate, which, like Motorola, has signed a deal to pre-package its models with Skype) and then guess who is responsible for all the noise in Cannes, you would be forgiven for choosing the violinists.Over in the corner, a linguistic tiff continues."Danish is bastardized Swedish," says Zennström, who is from Sweden."Yes, well, Swedish is a derivative of Danish," says Friis, from Denmark.They eventually left Kazaa in the hands of an Australian company, selling the site for $1 million.

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To be safe, they haven't touched down in America since 2002, preferring to limit any argument for jurisdiction.

With their new program, Skype, all they want to do is commandeer all the phones in the world.

Equipped with boyish energy and one lazy eye each, the partners divide their days among London, Luxembourg, and subzero Estonia, where Skype rolls out—with very little overhead and without that Silicon Valley chatter.

Stately seagoing tubs rented to Black Berry, LG, Philips, Cisco Systems, Siemens, Toshiba, and other firms of varying size and ambition bob in one another's faint wakes. If you were to scan the group on this yacht (rented by the P. A./mobile-phone producer I-Mate, which, like Motorola, has signed a deal to pre-package its models with Skype) and then guess who is responsible for all the noise in Cannes, you would be forgiven for choosing the violinists.

Over in the corner, a linguistic tiff continues."Danish is bastardized Swedish," says Zennström, who is from Sweden."Yes, well, Swedish is a derivative of Danish," says Friis, from Denmark.

They eventually left Kazaa in the hands of an Australian company, selling the site for $1 million.

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To be safe, they haven't touched down in America since 2002, preferring to limit any argument for jurisdiction.

With their new program, Skype, all they want to do is commandeer all the phones in the world.

Equipped with boyish energy and one lazy eye each, the partners divide their days among London, Luxembourg, and subzero Estonia, where Skype rolls out—with very little overhead and without that Silicon Valley chatter.

Stately seagoing tubs rented to Black Berry, LG, Philips, Cisco Systems, Siemens, Toshiba, and other firms of varying size and ambition bob in one another's faint wakes. If you were to scan the group on this yacht (rented by the P. A./mobile-phone producer I-Mate, which, like Motorola, has signed a deal to pre-package its models with Skype) and then guess who is responsible for all the noise in Cannes, you would be forgiven for choosing the violinists.

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