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Google Talk new features launched

Google Talk launched a major release that includes voicemail, file transfer capabilities and it shows what music track you are playing in your client. Just make sure to stop playing Barry Manilow before you call your friends. Google is one...

Google Maps adds Traffic Info to mobile phones

Google announced an update to Google Maps for mobile that will enable consumers in the U.S. to view detailed information on traffic conditions in more than 30 major metropolitan areas, as well as partial information in other area from a...

Amazon, Google, Yahoo, eBay fight net neutrality with letter to Congress

Internet Titans Amazon, Google, Yahoo, eBay, and IAX/InterActiveCorp joined together in writing a letter to Congressional Senators expressing their concerns about net neutrality. This is a clash of the titans for sure. Congress and the telecom/cable lobbyists on one side...

The Perfect VoIP Softphone and IM client

With more softphones on the market than you can shake a stick at, each with their own "island" of users that cannot bridge to other islands, I've become a bit disillussioned with the VoIP softphone market. Sure, there is talk...

How About A Truly Connected World: Do I Hear Global Village?

Great article in USA Today earlier this week about how a potent combination of computer companies, tech entrepreneurs and philanthropic folk are working together to bring the digital age to the Third World (and the rest of the world). Here's...

The Search Behemoths Square Off

Much hubbub over the last few days about how Microsoft and Yahoo! are looking to battle Google in the online search arena. Will Microsoft buy Yahoo!? Form a partnership, joint venture ...? What will Yahoo! do? And what about Google?...

"Da Vinci Code": Google & Sony Want You To Crack the Code

This week, Google launched its first movie industry cross-promotion ever, according to Adotas, around the release of The Da Vinci Code: The Movie. Working with Sony Pictures, they have launched the Da Vinci Code Quest, an online puzzle game that challenges...

Open-source VoIP softswitch speaks GoogleTalk

Freeswitch, an open-source softswitch started earlier this year, leverages open-source software libraries and has recently added support for Google Talk. The codebase now includes Jingle (Jabber XMPP Voice) support with the addition of libDingaLing and mod_dingaling libraries. Jingle is an...

Google Buys into AOL

How about Google buying a small stake -- 5% -- of AOL? Not all that long ago, the great merger of AOL and Time Warner was going to rock the industry; about the only thing that got rocked was the...

Global IP Sound launches Developer Community and free download of their API

The GIPS Developer Community was launched today by Global IP Sound to enable developers to build Voice over IP applications. According to GIPS, "The goal of the Community is to easily allow developers to utilize Global IP Sound’s ground-breaking technology...

Oops! Google GDrive To Offer Online Storage

Lots of great stuff online about Google's boo-boo about news of its planned GDrive online storage service that will offer Web users a mirror image of the data stored on their hard drives showing up on the Google site.Check out Computer...

Microsoft's New Portable Computer?

According to a report yesterday in UK-based Advanced-Television.com, Microsoft is expected to unveil a portable computer that is in between a mobile telephone and a laptop. This is the latest move and counter-move in the battle to define leadership in growing area of develop devices...

Skype, Google, Microsoft and Cisco all in one panel

The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland assembled quite the star-studded team of technology gurus and CEOs from Skype, Google, Microsoft, and Cisco to discuss IP communications. This included Microsoft's Bill Gates, Cisco's John Chambers, Google's Eric Schmidt and Skype/Ebay's...

Yahoo VoIP survey says people use search engines to find VoIP solutions

Just thought I'd share Yahoo's survey on VoIP, which Yahoo! Search Marketing recently commissioned by the National American Testing Organization, to explore how consumers use Internet search in researching and purchasing VoIP service. The findings include helpful insight for...

Mashup of Internet Telephony and Google Maps

TMC's Internet Telephony Conference & Expo is in just a couple of weeks and I am anticipating this being the best VoIP show ever with over 200% growth from last year. I'm actually speaking at this show - well technically...

Google Video - We're sorry, but this video is not available in your country

It looks like Google Video is using geolocation to determine what county you live in and then displaying this message: "We're sorry, but this video is not available in your country." if you are in a "disallowed" country. The reason?...

Search Me: Now Video Search Goes Mainstream

Video search -- just what we needed!Not too surprising to find the big players in search (Google, Yahoo!) now looking at video; makes sense with all of the video and visual programming and files we now have crammed into our...

Google Adsense for Feeds gets picked up by splogs

Before Google launched their Google Adsense for Feeds advertising program (ads within RSS feeds), an "enterprising lad" couldn't wait for the Google Adsense for Feeds to be launched, so he decided to hack his own Adsense ads and add them...

Google vs. Yahoo! Search Engines Going Wireless

The Deal's Tech Confidential today nicely sums up Google and Yahoo's plays into the mobile phone space.  Search on a cell phone would be a good thing -- as long as you can do it easily and the service is fast. ...

Extreme Blog Makeover

So I'm just minding my own business, surfing my own blog yesterday when I noticed I received some Google click-throughs (referrals) directly to a blog post I just wrote yesterday, ironically about Google that apparently was picked up by...

New Google Adsense graphical ads?

Maybe my eyes have been tuning out Google Adsense advertisements lately, but a new skyscraper graphical Google ad is displaying on my blog today that does NOT look like your typical "graphical" (not text) Google Adsense ad.In fact, I had...

2006 VoIP Predictions

I promised predictions for 2006 and so here they are. Nothing like waiting till the last minute, eh? ;) Let me first start my analyzing my 2005 VoIP predictions. Some I have abbreviated for brevity sake, so if you...

AOL & Google deal a nightmare for Microsoft?

The ink isn't even dry from Google's 5% $1 billion stake in AOL and yet some are claiming Bill Gates is still wiping his tears from losing the battle for AOL to Microsoft's arch nemesis, namely Google. America Online parent...

GMail + Google Talk (GTalk) for BlackBerry RIM

A friend of mine who runs Computer Collector Newsletter forwarded me a link to a software application that runs on the Blackberry RIM to access GMail. I looked around the rest of the site and came across an even better...

Mandriva Linux to support Skype

Skype and Mandriva (publisher of Mandriva Linux operating system) today announced that Skype will come included with the Mandriva Linux distro. According to Candace Locklear over at SparkPR, "Mandriva's Linux 2006 is the first and only Linux operating system to...
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