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Google Click-to-Call

November 16, 2006

After many months of testing Google has finally added click to call functionality to Google Maps.   Although this really isn't a new announcement the addition to Google Maps is pretty exciting as it continues VoIP's growth into new areas and business models. Certainly click to call has been around longer than Google has but the search leader by virtue of its dominance in the search market is able to do click to call on a scale on a larger scale than anyone else.   The way the service works is simple; you type in what you are looking for and the city and state. You could put in Pizza in Fairfield, CT and you could click on Frank Pepe Pizza for example. From there you enter your phone number in a box and you are connected automatically via VoIP.

Caritas/Comcast VoIP Patent Victory

November 14, 2006

The VoIP market won a victory in Texas yesterday with Comcast defending itself successfully against a $2.2 billion lawsuit brought on by Caritas Technologies. The company was formed by four men, including David Farber, who many consider the grandfather Internet, was awarded a series of VoIP-related patents. One, in particular, Caritas claimed could be read to include calls that were made partly using VoIP connections and partly across the PSTN. Essentially, Caritas was claiming to have invented to capability to connect calls running partially on the PSTN and partially on IP networks, explained Daralyn Durie, attorney at Keker & Van Nest, LLP, representing Comcast in the case.   In the suit, whereby Caritas sought to end the Comcast Digital Voice (CDV) VoIP service offering, Caritas alleged that CDV infringed on Caritas’ patent rights, and in a claim construction hearing on July 31, the main issue was the term, “telephone connection in a telephone network.” Comcast held that the patent owned by Caritas was intended as a way to set up conference calls on the PSTN, not a way to have actual voice signals transmitted over an IP network.

Showing Kevin Martin the Door

November 13, 2006

Camrivox

November 9, 2006

Linksys CIT310 Phone for Yahoo Messenger

November 8, 2006

Tom has done it again with his review of the Linksys CIT30 Phone for Yahoo! Messenger. My take on this nifty new gadget is it is great but. But what you ask? How can such a cool new sleek device with built in presence and the ability to connect with all your Yahoo!

YouTube: Invention of the Year

November 6, 2006

FCC Delays the AT&T/BellSouth Merger Again

November 3, 2006

RSS in your IM

October 30, 2006


If you need to get up to the minute updates on your RSS feeds such as this one from Dan York (which alerted me to this story), you want to check out the RSS Robot which takes an RSS feed and connects it with Skype so you get an IM in Skype when new RSS info comes through. I already get alerted to new RSS feeds from my reader so this isn’t too useful for me. Still it could be useful to someone who is hooked on Skype and whose RSS reader doesn’t alert them to new content.

As we begin to see more and more products integrate with Skype the question becomes when we see a full-fledged office-like environment evolve around Skype. First we would need an e-mail client – perhaps this AJAX-based one from BlueTie will do.


What the Hell.com

October 29, 2006

If you are interested in going to Hell.com or better yet owning the domain name it will cost you. Saints and sinners alike started the bidding on this domain name recently but failed to reach the $2.3 million reserve required for the URL to change hands.

Many in the blogosphere say Lucifer has been routinely threatening all bidders in an attempt to keep the price from reaching the stratosphere. Rumors abound that Google may be interested in the domain name as an extension to their Google Earth program. According to sources, Google execs think they have gone as far as they can with Google Earth and need new ways to keep the stock humming along.

In typical Google fashion the excellent Google Earth technology is to be replicated in heaven, hell and the afterlife.

After consulting with many analysts in the space -- most of whom as you might imagine have horns and tails -- I have learned that the authorities at Vegas.com are keenly aware of the auction and are sitting on the sidelines to see who picks it up.





Google and Video Advertising

October 28, 2006


Google is already winning the war for the hearts and minds of advertising decision makers with its YouTube acquisition. In fact Volvo is looking to work more closely with Google as its next car is going to launch with only internet commercials. While Volvo has relationships with other Internet advertising companies they seem to be especially excited about Google's YouTube acquisition.

One might imagine Google will sell ads you must watch before getting to the content you are looking for but Google said it opposes these "pre-roll" Web ads, which resemble TV commercials.

From my perspective the typical Google ads generate clicks but have little or no branding impact. They are very measurable however.




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