Google has been speaking in different tongues with its voice strategy, but there are signs that its ambitions in telephony are coming into focus.

Last night, it unveiled Google Voice - a rebranding of GrandCentral, bought in July 2007. The company usually takes a long time reworking its acquisitions, some of them never reappearing at all, so the nearly two years it has spent on GrandCentral seems par for the course. Read more

  • They’re still just rumours, but they’ve gotten stronger. A day after leaks from Taiwan suggested Apple might be preparing a touch-screen netbook, sources told Dow Jones Newswire that the new computers, which will be designed primarily for web browsing and mobile computing, will have touch-screens between 9.7 and 10-inches.
  • Google’s Gmail has suffered another outage, which it said had affected only a “subset of users”, but comes only two weeks after a major global crash of the service. Gmail’s increasing popularity was highlighted in a Hitwise blog post and charts that showed it overtaking YouTube.

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Cisco music system@CES, Las Vegas – What matters most about media is how easy it is to manage and move around.

That is the animating principle behind both Cisco and Microsoft’s view of the digital home. To judge from what each company has had to show off at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, it will define competition between the two for years to come. Read more