VoIP News From The Blogs
By RICH TEHRANI
President & Group Editor-in-Chief
The bloggers are doing a bang-up job covering the news these days. Here are some of the more important blog entries I have spied today. For your reading pleasure I have two VoIP entries and one is an iPod accessory. You’ll have to read it for yourself below to learn more.
Tom Keating reports that a new company called Ether has found a way for bloggers and other people with something valuable to say to charge for their services. For example, accountants and lawyers. Ether will take 15% for providing this service, meaning the Internet will be a savior for knowledgeable people looking to make some extra money.
What is interesting to me is that after years of seeing call center agents being moved from fixed call centers to home agents, the trend has truly been democratized. I am aware of a call center that hires nurses to answer questions about the parent company’s medical products. Nurses now can decide they don’t want to work for a company at all and can freelance out their knowledge. This is a really good idea. I would characterize it as eBay for your free time.
Andy Abramson alerted me to a controversy between AMD and Intel that centers around conferencing in Skype. It seems that AMD feels Intel has coerced Skype into adding functionality on Intel, but not AMD, chips. If this is true, it is a pretty smart move by Intel. Of course, I am not sure of the antitrust implications; I suppose AMD would have to prove that they couldn’t get Skype to make a similar deal with them. Perhaps Intel didn’t use its dominant market position to pull off this deal but instead came up with this idea and approached Skype first. It was well over a year ago that Intel execs told me they wanted to work more closely with Skype – seems like they finally have.
Om Malik breaks some news about the CMO of Vonage leaving. This is the same CMO responsible for the famous WooHoo song in the ads. Will Vonage be OK without Ex CMO Dean Harris? One tip: give Quentin Tarantino a call and try to get an idea of the songs in his upcoming movie. Use one of them in all future ads.
Al Bredenberg reports that Apple is further encroaching on the living room with the iPod Hi-Fi—a combination speaker that works with the iPod. Apple calls it a digital lifestyle device and I am sure we will see more of such devices from the company. The price is $50 more than a similar Bose unit at $349.
So there you have it. The best of the blogs – at least for the moment.
Rich Tehrani is President and Group Editor in Chief at TMC and founder of Internet Telephony, IMS and SIP Magazines. In addition he is the Chairman of the world's best attended VoIP event, Internet Telephony Conference & Expo.
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