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"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 months to expand in ways we hope you’ll find interesting and useful. Our engineers are excited to be working together and enthusiastic developers lead to great innovation. We look forward to accomplishing great things together. In order to focus on innovation instead of scaling, we have de... (more)

Opera Does the Robot for Google's Android

Opera Software announced that the Opera Mini browser for mobile phones is available for the Android platform. This technical preview release is available at labs.opera.com, inviting the Android development community to test the fresh build and share feedback with Opera for the forthcoming beta. Opera Mini for Android makes the company's fast-performing and device-adapting Web experience available to any range of handset built on Android. Opera is renowned for its cross-platform portability and this release embraces the Android platform in Opera's commitment to making the best ... (more)

VoIP Update: Yahoo! Buys DialPad

"We still need to integrate the technology and roll out a product, and we haven't disclosed those details," Yahoo Inc company spokeswoman Joanna Stevens told the Associated Press earlier this week, as Yahoo announced its acquisition of DialPad Communications, whose VoIP technology converts conversations into data packets that can then be transmitted across the Internet using today's widely prevalent broadband connections. The 6-year old company has more than 14 million users. It is expected to serve as Yahoo's newest springboard into the world of VoIP. "As of June 14th, Dialpad an... (more)

Google Ramps Up Its Mobile Reach: Launches "Mobile Web Search"

To add to last month's new Google Local service enabling people to connect to information from their mobile phones or wireless device, Google has now launched what it's calling "search in the palm of your hand." Google Mobile, says the search giant, "makes it easy to access online information — over 8 billion pages and a billion images — on your cell phone or mobile device." You can also search more than a billion images and get the one you need on your phone with Google Image Search. The technology works only with sites that use XHTML, rather than traditional HTML, t... (more)

CSI Wireless Helps CTAPP Raise Cancer Awareness

CSI Wireless Inc. is going the distance to keep CTAPP cyclists on track in their ride for cancer. A Calgary-based designer and manufacturer of GPS and wireless products used in more than 50 countries, CSI Wireless has become a CTAPP sponsor by providing vehicle-tracking services that will enable CTAPP organizers and supporters to closely track the cyclists throughout their 2,400-mile ride from Calgary to Austin. CSI’s tracking technology, normally used by trucking companies, car rental companies and other fleet owners, will wirelessly transmit the cyclists’ GPS-deriv... (more)