eBay Builds Skype Into Auction Listings
|Google, Yahoo and MSN are also poised to launch voice-enabled online ads by the end of this year, said Greg Sterling, principal analyst at Sterling Market Intelligence. Sterling noted that eBay's alliance with Yahoo is expected to include voice-enabled ads over time. "This is a market that all the portals want to play in and eBay brings something to the table with Skype," he added.|
In the first major pass at realizing e-commerce gains from its US$2.6 billion purchase of peer-to-p»»
Cisco Buys Two Small VoIP Firms
|VoiceXML allows a user to interact with the Internet through voice-recognition technology instead of a traditional Web browser. Cisco said the companies' easy to use drag-and-drop products will strengthen its unified communications system, known as Service Oriented Network|
Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO) Latest News about Cisco Systems, which makes computer network equipment, said Friday it is acquiring privately held Metreos and Audium in two cash deals.
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Hacker, Businessman to Face Charges for VoIP Call-Stealing Scheme
|Edwin Andres Pena allegedly was able to secretly route 500,000 calls through a Newark, N.J.-based provider identified in the complaint as "N.T.P.," which appears to be Net2Phone. Messages seeking comment from the company, and its corporate parent, IDT, were not immediately returned Wednesday.|
A Miami businessman helped by a professional hacker Latest News about hacker penetrated the networks of Internet phone providers to connect hundreds of thousands of free calls, federal prosec»»
Digium Raises $13.8M in Venture Capita
|Digium, the company that created and maintains the open source telephony platform, Asterisk, announced today that the company had raised $13.8 million in venture capital from Matrix Partners. It is the first time the company has received outside funding.|
Matrix Partners is not without experience in funding open source companies. The venture capital firm was the first to fund the application server/community portal, JBoss, which was sold to Red Hat earlier this year for $350 millio»»
Open-source VoIP company wins funding
|Digium, an open-source VoIP software maker, has received $13.2 million in first-round venture capital funding from Matrix Partners for the development of Asterisk. Asterisk is an open-source telecom platform with 1 million users. According to Huntsville, Ala.-based Digium, Asterisk's flexibility as an open source PBX lets companies build business phone systems that use both legacy and voice over Internet Protocol equipment.|
Matrix was also an initial investor in JBoss, the open-s»»
Local VoIP numbers, international cell calls
|PALO ALTO, Calif.--Imagine being able to use the hundreds of spare local minutes you get with your cellular plan toward international calls.|
In a somewhat-ornate process, that's what Stockholm, Sweden-based Rebtel, which kicked off three weeks ago, aims to do. The company's technology, which is in beta, essentially reroutes international and long-distance calls through a VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) connection.
At the Rebtel site, subscribers submit their p»»
Net call revolution
|How a web-based service for making phone calls is changing the way we talk, work - and get billed. It could even replace the phone altogether.|
Net chat could soon mean just that - talking instead of typing text into an e-mail or instant message.
This is because the net is rapidly replacing telephone networks as the preferred route for phone calls, thanks to a formidably-named technology known as voice-over IP - internet protocol - or Voip.
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