A round-up of the companies, deals, and trends that made headlines.
Every day, the Fortune staff spends hours poring over tech stories, posts, and reviews from all over the Web to keep tabs on the companies that matter. We've assembled the day's most newsworthy bits below.Cisco (CSCO) exec Tony Bates will be Skype's new CEO, replacing Joshua Silverman, who had filled the position since early 2008. (Reuters) Yahoo (YHOO) head of Audience David MORE JP Mangalindan, Writer - Oct 5, 2010 6:30 AM ET
An upcoming release of the T-Mobile G2 build was leaked, along with some new Google Voice widgets.
While they don't offer VoIP, the widgets that were extracted from an unreleased T-Mobile G2 build allow easy access to Google Voices features, demonstrated below.
Google (GOOG) released Voice on Gmail last week in a surprise move that had many thinking Google was targeting Skype and Facebook. Having a full Google Voice VoIP application on MORESeth Weintraub - Aug 30, 2010 10:23 AM ET
My account hasn't even been activated yet.
Wow, how is that for scale? Google tweeted today that it had already surpassed the 1 million call mark on its first day of Google Voice integration with Gmail. And not everyone has even had their Gmail accounts integrated yet (like me!).
In a tweet on their official feed, Google (GOOG) said:
Over 1,000,000 calls placed from Gmail in just 24 hours! Thanks to everyone using MORESeth Weintraub - Aug 26, 2010 2:36 PM ET
The investment bank's analysts think that the phone service in Gmail isn't about the smaller Skype picture, it is about social networking and taking on Facebook.
In a note to investors today, Goldman Sachs analyst James Mitchell says that Google's VoIP move will beef up its Social Networking status, rather than put it in a position to becoming a virtual telco. Verizon (VZ) and Google are very chummy these days so the move was likely MORESeth Weintraub - Aug 26, 2010 12:29 PM ET
Google is opening its Voice service to work within a Gmail window according to reports. An announcement tomorrow is too much of a coincidence.
We know two things that very well may change the way you communicate over phones forever:
One: Google is having a press event tomorrow morning to unveil something exciting. We don't know what.
Two: Users of Gmail are starting to see some exciting little extras in their Gmail chat MORESeth Weintraub - Aug 24, 2010 10:24 PM ET
The pact has effectively meant disabled Skype for Verizon users and locked out Android users on other carriers.
In February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Verizon and Skype announced a partnership that would put Skype on most of Verizon's Smartphones including BlackBerry and Android devices.
But this isn't Skype like you'll find on an iPhone, Symbian phone or computer. Verizon's brand of Skype, which rolled out to BlackBerries and Android MORESeth Weintraub - Aug 21, 2010 1:08 PM ET
The video chat service is mostly free, for now. But if Skype just tiptoes into the advertising business, its returns could be massive.
Apart from Google (GOOG), Skype may be the largest consumer site on the web without a banner ad. So when the company filed its prospectus with the SEC Monday in preparation for an initial public offering, I noted with interest that advertising was called out as one of MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Aug 11, 2010 3:00 AM ET
Google had reportedly nixed their desktop Skype killer in favor of a browser-based version. Now, a petition has started for Google to release the desktop client.
Backstory: Google purchased VoIP provider Gizmo5 last year in a move which seemed to indicate that they were going to merge their Google Voice and Google Talk clients to make a Skype-like service that would be able to call traditional phone numbers.
Since that point not MORESeth Weintraub - Jul 3, 2010 11:23 AM ET
It is only a matter of time before Google's purchase of Gizmo5 turns into a VoIP service that is integrated to Google Voice. Is this the first sign of it?
The (unofficial) Google Operating System Blog has a supposed screenshot of what the Google web-based Skype-like client would look like.
It appears to be in the new web-based Talk window that is in your Gmail or iGoogle homepage.
Google purchased a company MORESeth Weintraub - Jun 10, 2010 4:40 PM ET
With ownership of the SMB market, is Citrix Online a threat to Cisco?
Hoopla around Google Wave service, launched publicly in September, has brought resurgence to the idea of unified communications -- a single platform that integrates voice, email, fax (really!), chat, and web conferencing. Long a dream of the telecommunications industry, unified communications is gaining some buzz among corporate tech teams as a possible tool for enhancing employee productivity.
As tech MOREKim Thai, contributor - Dec 17, 2009 7:22 AM ET
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