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"Our hearts have been touched by devastation left by Hurricane Katrina," said Cingular Wireless president and CEO Stan Sigman (pictured), as Cingular Wireless yesterday announced a multi-pronged approach to raising millions of dollars to provide relief to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and to assist its own employees who have been affected by the disaster. Among the efforts by Cingular: Establishment of the Cingular Cares Initiative The program will provide immediate relief to victims of Hurricane Katrina and will also establish a sustainable fund for providing assistance for future natural disasters. Cingular Cares will be a multi-million dollar effort funded through its employees, with a focus on providing assistance to its employees and others affected by disasters. Text Messaging Campaign Through the SMS capability on its handsets and PDA's, many Cingular custome... (more)

Google Snaps Up Microblogging Service Jaiku

"Your Jaiku phone, the Web site, IM, SMS, and API will continue to work normally," wrote Jaiku's Finnish co-founder Jyri Engeström as he revealed yesterday that Jaiku had been acquired by Google. Jaiku's technology can hopefully help Google develop new ways to use mobile. The terms of the acquisition are confidential and the deal is officially closed. According to the Jaiku homepage, maintained by Engeström and his co-founder Petteri Koponen: “While it’s too soon to comment on specific plans, we look forward to working with our new friends at Google over the coming mo... (more)

Google-Powered gPhones Are On Their Way

According to a report this morning in the Wall Street Journal, and quoting "people familiar with the situation," within the next two weeks Google is expected to announce advanced software and services that would allow handset makers to bring Google-powered phones to market by the middle of next year. "The Google-powered phones are expected to wrap together several Google applications," writes Journal reporter Amol Sharma, "among them, its search engine, Google Maps, YouTube and Gmail email -- that have already made their way onto some mobile devices." The report even names the manu... (more)

Cisco Transforms Unified Communications

As part of today's portfolio announcement at Cisco's Collaboration Summit, the company introduced a ground-breaking version of its industry-leading unified communications platform, featuring innovations and enhancements designed to reduce costs and increase operating efficiencies between and within global enterprises. Cisco® Unified Communications System Release 8.0 enables organizations to collaborate in new ways that remove barriers to communications with partners, suppliers and customers through integrated voice, video, presence, instant messaging and Web sessions. Cisco Unif... (more)

Tim Bray: "iPod? Blackberry? Texting? Not For Me, Thanks"

Related Links: XML Pioneer Tim Bray Applauds Newest Version of NeoOffice/J "Wherever I am, my laptop is with me, and if it's turned on, it's on the Net unless I'm out of WiFi range. It has an excellent screen for looking at pictures and is a fine music box." This simple truth is at the heart of XML pioneer Tim Bray's personal decision to steer clear of PDAs or the Blackberry. (The italics are ours.) "Of course," he blogged on Tuesday, "there are lots of times when the computer isn't on: when I'm walking, or in a car, or shopping. Of course, I'd still like to be connected some of th... (more)