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New Skype Phone Doesn’t Need PC or Wi-Fi

Skype announced a new cordless phone on Thursday that sends and receives Skype calls just like a landline, but without the need for a computer.

Typically, Skype phones work through a computer or a laptop. The new Philips VOIP841 plugs into a standard RJ-11 home phone jack, as well as into an RJ-45 broadband connection jack. It can send and receive Skype calls as well as calls from a regular home phone number.

“So now in order to have Skype, you don’t have to have a PC,” said Manrique Brenes, director of hardware business development for Skype. But you do have to have a broadband connection.

via ABC News

Posted in Blogosphere, Geeks, Tech, Startups, Web Culture

Anti Social Networks came out of Stealth mode today and annouced $16 million funding for their GPS based solution. Paul Kedrosky has an interesting perspective on it:

I’m stuck on something: If you had a best route from A to B, would you ever tell anyone? Unlike other social networks, traffic is an example of an application where there is little incentive to help anyone. It is, at least superficially, a poster child of a class of services I like to call “anti-social networks”.

Posted in Ruby on Rails

Zend raises $20 million to ride the Web 2.0 “PHP” boom

SiliconBeat: Zend raises $20 million to ride the Web 2.0 “PHP” boom


Zend Technologies, the Cupertino start-up that sells software to develop Web sites based on the popular PHP scripting language, has raised $20 million in a fourth round of venture capital (release here).By raising so much cash, the company must be aiming to produce a substantial return to make it worthwhile for its investors. It had already raised $16 million.

Posted in Blogosphere

Google, eBay Team in Overseas Ad Pact

Google, the world’s leading search engine, and eBay, the online auction powerhouse, have inked a multiyear pact that will see Google exclusively provide text advertisements for eBay’s auctions sites outside of the United States, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Google and eBay will start testing the text ads in 2007, and they’ll
also dually-develop “click-to-call” ad projects under which Web surfers
will be able to simply click on an ad to make a call directly to
advertisers or Web retailers, the Journal reports.

Google, eBay Team in Overseas Ad Pact – CIO News Alerts – Blog – CIO

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Jajah – Free your voice

I came across another free voice calls company – Jajah . It has a very simple interface. You put in your number and the number you want to call. It calls both the phones and put them on a conference call. Pretty cool. I tried their service to make a call within USA and it worked fine without any issues.

I am still waiting for a company to offer free calls to landlines in India.

Posted in Geeks, Tech, Startups, Web Culture

Does your idea meet these tests?

Sequoia Capital has listed out what they expect from Startups seeking venture funding. This is a nice list to view your Startup/idea from VCs perspective. I particularly liked these ones:


One test we often apply to a new business is the ease with which it can be explained. If someone is able to summarize his company’s plan on the back of a business card, it usually means that he will be able to describe its purpose to employees, customers and shareholders. It suggests they truly understand their business.


Successful entrepreneurs possess the following attributes: Most come from modest backgrounds. Many are immigrants or first generation Americans. All know the value of money and understand the difference between need and want. more


After the financing binge of the last few years, it’s easy to forget that some of the best technology companies started with little money. You don’t need 25 gallons of kerosene to start an inferno. If you are addressing a huge market with customers yearning for your product and you have great engineers, it requires very little firepower.

Posted in Blogosphere, India

AirJaldi Summit 2006 – DharamShala India

DHARAMSHALA, India — Organizers of a community wireless mesh network in Dharamshala, India — the hometown-in-exile of the DalaiLama and thousands of Tibetan refugees — say they want to “unwire” more Tibetan exile communities and other unconnected spots in the developing world.

Expected to attend is Free Software Foundation founder Richard Stallman and WiFi pioneer Vic Hayes.

Image via boing boing: Tibetan Technology Center CTO and co-founder

Yahel Ben-David (with laptop) checks signal strength at an antenna site that is also a Hindu temple. To his immediate left, with his back to the camera, is the temple’s resident: a Japanese priest the locals call Japani Baba, who has a laptop of his own. From far left to right, here are the other people in the picture: The man leaning on the temple is a Hindu priest who also maintains this site, along with Japani Baba. Next to him, a young Gaddi man from a village nearby. At far right in the red dreads, a mesh network project volunteer named Aurelion who was visiting from Europe and developing some nifty network monitoring apps with Ben-David.

His holiness Dalai Lama said on the event:

“The internet’s contribution to the diffusion and dissemination of knowledge and information is truly remarkable.

“By itself the internet cannot feed the poor, defend the oppressed, or protect those subject to natural disasters, but by keeping us informed it can allow those of us who have the opportunity to give whatever help we can.”

Wired News: Tibetans to Teach WiFi Know-How

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