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More Me Too...This time from Fusion

Fusion Telecommunications was making a lot of noise this past week with the launch of Efonica, a free VoIP calling service.

In many ways it is not much different than Gizmo Project but yet it seems to pale. While Gizmo feels very cool and hip, Fusion's product appears to be more stiff and almost corporate in style trying to be hip. Maybe it's the web site, or maybe it's just the fact that they don't have a Mac version of the software, but knowing where the likes of Gizmo and Skype already are, and the directions Yahoo and AOL are heading makes me wonder what's different about efo and eFonica.

The peer to peer angle has already been played out and basically all SIP traffic is peer to peer on the media (i.e. your voice) so somehow I'm not seeing the big difference. Overall I like the idea but I keep feeling this may just be a slicker version of GloPhone, and more of a stock market play than anything else.

Too Smart Aswath Rao has some additional points that echo where I feel this company is.

Say Good Bye To The AirFone

Verizon will be getting out of the AirFone business.

In both the short and the long run this is smart move. The use of AirFone's has been a declining business as more cell phones get used because people have access to a phone right up to take off and shortly after landing. No longer are people out of touch for as long as they used to be.

And with in flight WiFi and VoIP calls coming real soon, it's better to bite the bullet and get out sooner, rather than later for Verizon.

We Too, We Also, We Copy

CNET has a story about the future direction of Microsoft and how they will be changing telephony and voice communications through the promise of new services tied to their concept of unified messaging.

Sadly, for all the great capacity innovation and brain power that resides inside the almighty Redmond giant all they can come up with is another example of how they are the worlds greatest next generation of Xerox. You see, at Microsoft it's not about innovation, and really, it never has been. It's all about We Too, We Also, We Copy.

Their idea of unified messaging is a pale copy of what Parus Interactive's Webley service has been delivering for over eight years, but now their promise of intelligent find me, follow me, only talk to me if I want or need to, is a dead ringer in positioning to client iotum, who for over a year has been at this concept and now is beginning to get some traction.

So if imitation is the highest form of flattery, considering the source, I'd say the imagination and brilliance inside companies like Parus and iotum are being very highly thought of.

Skype On List of Security Threats

PC Magazine has a report from a security company that focuses for the enterprise market which lists Skype as one of the 15 most vulnerable pieces of software if users don't do regular updates and patches.

To many of us, this is old news but underscores the issue with Skype and other software that can leave networks open and vulnerable.