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Microsoft cuts Asterisk ties--What are the open source Skype alternatives?

Microsoft has ended its deal to let the open source Asterisk PBX system work with Skype as of July 26, perhaps due to the launch of its own competing service.

When Microsoft paid $8.5 billion for Skype two weeks ago, they promised to hold it as a separate division and continue supporting non-Microsoft platforms, but users have been skeptical. It didn't take long for the tune to start to change. Maybe somebody should have asked for a pinky swear. » Read more

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Sony chooses open

Phrases I considered for this post's title ranged from "surprising choice" to "sign of the apocalypse." More than a few years ago, I remember buying my first piece of Sony hardware--a video camera. It was one of the first that also let you take digital stills, which it saved to a tiny, purple, proprietary Sony memory stick that was an expensive pain to replace or get a spare of. And that was how I first learned that Sony was mostly only interested in Sony. » Read more

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Old phones save lives

Your old phone could make a big difference to a health worker in Africa.

IntraHealth International, a public health nonprofit, is launching a partnership with Hope Phones and FrontlineSMS:Medic to provide mobile phones to African health workers who offer maternal and child health services, including obstetric consultations, safe deliveries, family planning, and malaria and HIV prevention and treatment. » Read more

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