Archive for October 27th, 2009

Google Voice gets ‘poor man’s’ number portability

Google keeps chipping away at telco-functionality, quite aptly one service release at a time. Up today: Google Voice will now work with user’s existing mobile (and only mobile) telephone googlevoice.gifnumber, bringing the service’s voice mail features to the number they already own and use. Since Google Voice is free anyway, users get the best of its features without having to change their  number — bingo, quasi number portability. Via a simple set-up screen that helps users forward their missed calls over to Google, a user’s carrier voice mail is simply switched out for Google.

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DOE doles out smart grid stimulus funding

To the applause of many key stakeholders, the Department of Energy will today unveil the recipients of $3.4 billion in stimulus grants for 100 smart grid projects. The grants will range from $400,000 to $200 million to fund 25 large and 75 small utility and state projects across 49 states. The money is meant to enable a complete grid overhaul, as well as create tens of thousands of jobs. more

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