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Yesterday Yahoo and Vapps confirmed their doing the conference thing at VON. Yahoo also had a dinner which I skipped in favor of a dinner that I organized around wine and food for friends, colleagues and some online writing pals.

I can guarantee the wine, 12 bottles from my personal collection and one brought by Alec Saunder, blew away anything Yahoo could have poured. Here's the list...

2004 Mas De Gourgounier Coteaux d’ Aix en Provence Rose

2004 Margerum Vogelzang Sauvignon Blanc

2003 Au Bon Climat Mt. Carmel Chardonnay

1982 BV Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

1984 BV Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

1985 BV Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

1986 BV Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

2001 Babcock Grand Cuvee Pinot Noir

2002 Babcock Grand CuveePinot Noir

1989 Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel

2003 Kaena Santa Barbara Grenache

2004 Margerum M5 Rhone Blend

And a very tasty Canadian Ice Wine

iPeerx, the VoIP peering company that was seeded by birthday boy, Jeff Pulver, has been sold to xConnect, proving that supporting Jeff Pulver run events helps make deals happen. Eli Katz and his team have been growing their business and this acquisition is a key move to their growth plans.

iotum was fetted and praised by both Yahoo's Jeff Bonforte and AOL's Ragui Kamel at the opening panel yesterday. Co founders Alex Saunders and Howard Thaw about fell over in awe as the IM/VoIP masters heaped praise on them for what iotum is up to in a 2.0 world....

Pal Steve Howe of Earthlink tells me that their Line Powered Voice product which uses DSL from Covad is picking up steam. New markets are being added about every month.

Sharon Kasimow and the team on the AOL Developer Program told me that the smoke testing is over and both MyNuMo and iotum have their apps up and running. They're showing off the APIs and actual implementation starting today...

Level3's Cynthia Carpenter has another new role, going from VP of Consumer to now Wholesale. She's also promising an update later this week on their efforts and research. Don't forget the Level3 dinner tonight, with Jeff Pulver at the Harvard Club. I made wine selection for the Broomfield giant proving that blogging does matter!!! Oh, since it's Jeff's Birthday if you're on the guest list, a Hawaiian Shirt is the required uniform of the day.

Sylantro is making noise about a deal they are doing with Microsoft and something called the Mobile PBX that is a Fixed Mobile Convergence Play...no real details yet despite a promise from their two PR people to have the release to me overnight that still hasn't arrived....