Google Voice

Tech news from around the web:

  • Mark Zuckerberg’s fan page on Facebook appears to have been hacked, TechCrunch reports. A strange message appeared on the page on Tuesday and generated more than 1,800 likes and nearly 500 comments before Facebook took it down:

Let the hacking begin: If facebook needs money, instead of going to the banks, why doesn’t Facebook let its users invest in Facebook in a social way? Why not transform Facebook into a ‘social business’ the way Nobel Price winner Muhammad Yunus described it? http://bit.ly/fs6rT3 What do you think? #hackercup2011

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Joseph Menn

After more than a year of arguing and pressure from regulators, Apple has finally blessed Google’s official Google Voice application for the iPhone.

Google announced the approval on its blog on Tuesday, touting features including low-cost international calls and free transcription of voicemail messages. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Ribbit, the software-based Silicon Valley phone company, has launched Ribbit Mobile, a Google Voice-type service with some useful extras thrown in.

The start-up,  which was bought by BT of the UK last year, adds “social address book” features to its service and allows users to keep their own mobile number. Read more

Richard Waters

Sometimes it feels like every news story you read is about Apple. If it’s not the iPhone or the phantom tablet, then it’s Steve Jobs’ health.

So to make up for it, today’s headlines are being hogged by Google. There was the first appearance of the much-hyped Android 2.0 on the Droid handset, not to mention what Techcrunch called a “killer app” for the new mobile software platform: a navigation service (see item below).

But that’s not all. In other Google news: the launch of Music Search, and efforts to appease the FCC. Read more

  • You would not be reading this techfile if Sir Tim Berners-Lee had not come up with the concept of the World Wide Web 20 years ago today.  He has returned to CERN in Switzerland where it all began for a speech and celebrations and a demonstration of the original browser.
  • Time Warner hopes that Tim Armstrong will do for AOL what he did for Google. In convincing Mr Armstrong, who has been head of Google’s North American sales, to take the reigns of AOL, Time Warner is betting that the ad-sales guru who helped grow Google will be able to turn around AOL, the dial-up  service  turned online media company for which Time Warner has so far failed to find a buyer.

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