Launched Google Voice – Free calls and more

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If you’ve had a GrandCentral account for a while and enjoyed giving out one phone number that would ring all your phones-even your cell phone-but feared the service would be left to die by its Google overlords: cast aside your fears. Sometime today, your GrandCentral account should morph into Google Voice

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New features abound. Foremost among them will be the ability to make calls out through Google Voices. It’s free to U.S. numbers and will save you a bundle on international calls in particular. The pricing will be similar to that of Skype Out, such as $0.02 per minute to call France or China. It can also handle conference calls. The old GrandCentral was strictly for calls in to you, so this could go a long way to making it easier for your friends and family to always call you back through your Google Voice number.

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New Google webapp comes to iPhone and iPod touch

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The new Google experience is integrated to make it quick and easy for you to find, use and switch between Google’s mobile applications including Search, Gmail, Calendar, Reader and more.

From Apple web site:

About Google Search
Get the answer you’re looking for – fast. Anything from flight updates and sports results, images and weather reports to web and mobile web pages is just a click away. We’ll also make sure that pages are formatted appropriately for your iPhone.
Local listings at your fingertips. Search and locate everything from restaurants to a local dry cleaner. Google will suggest businesses in your area and remember where you are. So the next time you search, you’ll get to the listings you’re looking for faster and easier.

What’s New in this Version
– The new Google experience is integrated to make it quick and easy for you to find, use and switch between Google’s mobile applications including Search, Gmail, Calendar, Reader and more.

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Rumour: Google to Buy Skype?

google_skype-small All of us online geeks have watched as eBay’s ownership of Skype not go as well as anyone had hoped. eBay recently agreed that they paid too much for the company, and developments of the platform haven’t been as aggressive as I would like.

Now, over on a blog on Guardian, there is a post saying Google might be looking to purchase Skype from eBay. This makes sense on many levels to me, as they gear up for their Android platform, and it would give eBay a good influx of cash to develop their business further.

Could Google have interest in Skype? I sure hope so because maybe then we will finally see Skype-In numbers come to Canada where most voice over IP services are managed by broadband providers, and are super expensive.

[via forevergeek]

Skype 2.0 beta for Linux: the Great Revolution

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A great time is upon us. A time of change. A time of revolution.

In the past, we have struggled in a world of glass panes and fruits. Forbidden from seeing the world around us. Denied the possibility of showing who we are. But today, our eyes open. We’re not afraid to see, and we’re not afraid to show ourselves.

This is a time of excitement. And a time to share our happiness, our sadness, our anger and our love. For video has arrived to Skype for Linux.

This release is not just a revolution for us in Linux, but a revolution for the Skype world at large. No longer are we, the people of Linux, prevented from socialising in the same way as our peers.

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