British Telecom's webservice platform

British Telecom recently bought Ribbit a silicon valley telecommunications company. Ribbit produced a platform to integrate telephony with web technology. Interestingly part of their stack is Skype, SIP-based VOIP, open chat protocols alongside the traditional telephone network. This technology fits nicely with what BT has been doing with webservices: web21c their webservice api to the telephone network. This technology means that the telephone network can be accessed from the browser.


Hotext: Interesting new company

An interesting new service targetting teenagers has been launched in the UK. Hotext is a texting service that uses the internet rather than the Short Message Service. The user has to download a java application to their phone to use the service, it aims to be cheaper than texting for those who text a lot.

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