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Vonage Mobile app brings voice calling to your Facebook friends list

Vonage just brought voice calling to Facebook with a new app for Android and iPhone devices. Vonage Mobile for Facebook lets you call any Facebook friend who has the app installed, without using Skype or having that friend's phone number. I like the concept of this app, considering that Facebook is usually the best contact list you can have, and not every friend you might want to talk to will...

Software Patents - good or evil?

The New York Times published an opinion piece by Timothy B. Lee yesterday that compares the current patent conflict between Vonage and Verizon to the software patent landscape of the early 1990's. Back then, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates published a memo to Microsoft's senior management extolling the evils of software patents, claiming that they could lead to a complete stall in technological...

Vonage might survive after all: finds patent workarounds

Last month Vonage officials said they weren't sure they could find a way to continue offering VoIP telephone service without using technology that a jury said infringed on patents held by Verizon. But it seems like things are looking up for the troubled company. During a quarterly earnings call, Vonage CEO Jeffrey Citron said the company would be ready to roll out a workaround for two of the...

Court rejects Vonage's request for retrial

Well, you got to hand it to them for trying. On Wednesday Vonage requested a new trial in their patent infringement case. Verizon claims that Vonage's internet telephony technology is based on patents held by the phone company. But Thursday, the appeals court denied the request for a retrial. Vonage had hoped that a recent Supreme Court ruling would give reason for a new trial. The Supreme Court...

Vonage V. Verizon update: Vonage gets to add new subscribers

It looks like a federal appeals court has issued a permanent stay on a lower court ruling banning Vonage from signing up new customers. Earlier this year a jury found that Vonage's internet telephony service violates patents held by Verizon, kicking off a whole slew of legal troubles for Vonage. Today's ruling came just two hours after the appeals court heard arguments from the two sides. The...

Vonage sees no workaround to Verizon's VoIP patent

Remember how Vonage said it would try to find a way to continue providing internet telephone service to customers without violating Verizon's patent? Yeah, that might not work. Last month, a federal jury found that Vonage's VoIP technology violated patents held by Verizon. A judge ordered Vonage to stop signing up new customers, but that order was stayed pending appeal. Now it looks like all of...

Judge bans Vonage from adding new customers

U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton has ordered internet telephony provider Vonage to stop signing up new customers as long as it continues to use technology which infringes on patents held by Verizon. Last month a federal jury found that Vonage was violating Verizon's patents. Judge Hilton says his order will minimize harm to both companies, but a lawyer for Vonage say the company plans to appeal. ...

Vonage told to stop using Verizon patents

A federal judge has given internet telephony company Vonage two weeks to stop using technologies that infringe on voice over IP patents held by Verizon. Earlier this month, a jury found that Vonage had violated Verizon's patents. Vonage lawyers tried to argue that any harm to Verizon was outweighed by the public good of providing competition in the telephone industry. An appeal is likely. In the...

Google testing Sun Solaris

Sun's CIO dropped the news today that Google is using open source implementations of Solaris. Google is currently running Solaris in its data centers, but is looking forward to installing more Sun servers because of the open source Solaris. Given that they have hired on a list of previous Sun employees, it only looks promising for Google to test its own modified versions of Open Solaris. eBay,...

Vonage announces the v-phone

Vonage now has available a USB drive with 250MB of memory for Vonage users. This is no ordinary USB drive though, it is the V-phone, all you need to access Vonage, anywhere that has Internet access. The Vonage Talk software is pre-installed, and this eliminates the need for any software to be installed on the host PC, so you can take it anywhere. Your headphone and microphone cord plugs right into...

More VoIP vendors battling for greater market share

A new research study indicates that more vendors are getting into the VoIP game, which means greater choice for consumers. Telephia reports that with 700,00 more people switching to VoIP to either complement or replace their traditional landline phone service in the second quarter of this year over the first quarter, trends indicate that more vendors will be sprouting up to offer services to...