"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)
Thanks to Skype International and Boingo Wireless partnership - users will
now be able to access Skype's VoIP technology from 18,000 Wi-Fi hot spots
Skype spokesperson Kelly Larabee said that Skype Zones powered by Boingo are
geared not only toward business travellers and students but also toward any
wireless user in search of cheap international calling.
Available in coffee shops, bookstores and hotels, as well as other public
Skype Zones offer VoIP users unlimited access to Boingo's public broadband
for US$7.95 per month. Also, infrequent users can pay $2.95 ... (more)
"Verizon employees are always quick to provide humanitarian aid in the wake
of tragic events. Matching disaster relief funding encourages employees'
instinctive kindness, but it also triples the net amount going to some of the
most needy areas," said Patrick Gaston (pictured), president of the Verizon
Foundation, as he announced that the Foundation has started a 2-to-1 match
for every dollar donated by Verizon employees to the American Red Cross to
aid relief efforts in New Orleans and sections of Alabama, Florida and
Mississippi that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
More t... (more)
According to Reuters reports, within the next few days Yahoo! will enable
free PC-to-PC voice calling between Yahoo! users, using VoIP-based technology
developed by a team from Dialpad, which Yahoo! acquired last year.
The new service, Reuters notes, will be available in 180 countries - though
whether Yahoo! will succeed in this bold bid to play catch-up with Skype (now
a subsidiary of eBay) is difficult to gauge.
Customers who sign up for Yahoo!'s "Phone Out" service will apparently be
able to call the US for just a penny a minute. Calls to thirty-plus countries
including Argentin... (more)
"With this program, advertisers can connect with the growing number of mobile
publishers, ultimately providing users with an enhanced mobile experience
that helps them find what they are looking for more quickly and efficiently
on the go," said Google, as it yesterday announced AdSense for Mobile, a
program that contextually targets ads to mobile website content.
"As part of our ongoing efforts to develop new ways for users to find the
information they need anytime and anywhere," the company announced, "AdSense
for Mobile... allows AdSense publishing partners the ability to earn re... (more)