Calliflower: A Complete Conference Calling Service

Six years ago, when I wanted to make a conference call involving five participants, Bell Canada wanted to charge me $0.55 per minute per participant, resulting in a $165 cost for a one hour call. All those participants had to be in North America and a conference call operator was involved. The moderator could try to “chair” the session but there were limited ways to actually manage who spoke. Any archiving of the session would rely on participants’ handwritten or typed notes.
Flash forward to today: iotum has analyzed the entire set of processes required for managing and moderating a voice conference call from scheduling and invitation to final archiving of the call for future reference. And they have researched today’s communications infrastructure, including web services and low cost voice connections.
They have executed on iotum CEO and co-founder Alec Saunders’ Voice 2.0 Manifesto. Today they are announcing the launch of their enhanced Calliflower Conference Call service – a fully interactive, complete voice conference call service that has been in beta for over a year.
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YouTube Wants BayTSP’s Viacom Records

YouTube, in its ongoing attempt to defend itself against Viacom’s billion-dollar copyright infringement lawsuit, on Oct. 17 asked a court to help it obtain documents from Viacom’s hired copyright enforcers at BayTSP.
We heard about the court filing through a news story on MarketWatch and were able to pull it up for your perusing here (PDF). YouTube alleges that examining BayTSP records will show that YouTube acted promptly and properly on all copyright takedown notices and that Viacom wasn’t as innocent as its lawsuit would suggest. It’s all a little whiny and perhaps even nit-picky, but I guess if you were being sued for that much money you’d be mired in the details, too.
YouTube says it’s been after BayTSP for nine months to get it to turn over these documents, but after many calls, letters and excuses it wants the court to get involved. The documents, according to YouTube, will ultimately help prove its case, that the copyright holder, rather than the video host, is best equipped to figure out whether a video infringes copyright.
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Monday Morning Link-O-Rama

On Facebook, VoIP Has a Sore Throat

[qi:090] The VoIP community, like so many others, got swept up in the Facebook platform euphoria. Not a day passed without some startup or another unveiling their Facebook application amid much fanfare. Well, the party is over, and it has become clear that VoIP apps have lost their voice on Facebook.
This was first noted by one of my readers on his blog; now Stuart Henshall, Alec Saunders and other VoIP bloggers have joined in pointing out the sorry state of VoIP on Facebook.
“The majority of Facebook users are students — mobile phone users — as well. In fact, 27% of Facebook users are users of Facebook mobile,” writes Saunders.
Given how easy mobile is, he wonders, who is going to take the trouble to fire up a PC and log onto Facebook just to make a call? Let’s extend this argument to all VoIP widget offerings — they don’t offer a vastly improved user experience when compared with the simplicity of the phone. Sure they save pennies per minute on international long distance calls, but even those costs are coming down quite sharply.
Actually the situation for VoIP apps on Facebook is pretty bleak.
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200 vs 280 nits: a picture of the difference

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Sharing the battery tests on the Q1P earlier today led to quite the revelation: Samantha appears to have an LED backlight. Weren’t we just discussing that technology yesterday? It’s already made an impact on my mobile device because the Q1P looks to get at least an hour more of runtime over the original Q1. So, aside from the potential power savings: how does the screen look?

Above are both devices with the Brightness setting on each set to the minimum. Sammy with the standard backlight is on the left and looking kinda dim. Samantha is on the right, and if we’re correct, is providing vibrant color and brightness using LED backlighting. I stepped through some brightness settings and have a trail of pictures to illustrate the difference.

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Simply Hired launches Simply Fired

Donald Trump move over, for these guys have got some serious tales which scream “You’re fired” louder than him. By the way does anyone else think this is a better PR move than hiring an agency and having them make the calls. Fired Google blogger, Mark Jen, who works for Plaxo tells his story.