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Microsoft has announced that it is teaming up with telecommunications providers to deliver a broad set of unified communications devices that enable choice for information workers and enterprise IT departments. Devices include innovative business Internet protocol (IP) phones, PCs and PC peripherals for Microsoft’s unified communications platform. Microsoft is forming new strategic alliances with industry-leading communications companies Polycom, LG-Nortel and Thomson Telecom to develop and market versions of IP-enabled business desktop phones that extend Microsoft’s unified communications platform. These IP phones will include Microsoft Office Communicator software and integrate seamlessly with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 to bring more personal control and powerful new capabilities to business communications. In addition, GN Netcom, Logite... (more)

Google Acquires Security/Compliance Company Postini

Google has signed "a definitive agreement" to acquire Postini, which specializes in on-demand communications security and compliance solutions, serving more than 35,000 businesses and 10 million users worldwide. Postini's services -- which include message security, archiving, encryption, and policy enforcement -- can be used to protect a company's email, instant messaging, and other web-based communications. Under the terms of the agreement, Google will acquire Postini for $625 million in cash, subject to working capital and other adjustments, and Postini will become a wholly-own... (more)

Google Kicks Off Worldwide Consumer Privacy Crusade

According to Associated Press reports, confirmed by Reuters, Google will propose at a meeting of European policymakers in Strasbourg, France today that national regulators agree on a basic set of global privacy protections. Peter Fleischer, Google's Chief Privacy Officer, will argue that the future health of the Internet, the global economy and Google's own business agenda depends on the world's success in moving beyond the current patchwork of conflicting privacy rules. As Reuters' Eric Auchard explains: "Google has recently stepped up a push for policy changes and industry self... (more)

Who's Making Book on the Google-DoubleClick Deal Going Through?

Well, now we'll get to see just how powerful Microsoft really is. The test is whether it can stop Google from taking over DoubleClick and becoming, in Microsoft's words, the "dominant pipeline for all forms of online advertising" as well as "the largest database of online user data in the world." The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights held a webcast two-hour hearing Thursday afternoon on Google's proposed $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick, the advertising company Google outbid Microsoft for. Google's general counsel David Drum... (more)

SEO Bridges Gap Between Search Engine Optimization and Web Development

Search Engine Optimization bridges the gap between search engine optimization and web development with their search engine friendly web design & development service that not only engages the user but ensures high visibility and traffic to client sites. "At SEO Inc. we take a two-sided approach to SEO friendly web development," said Garry Grant, CEO of SEO Inc. "First our web designers create the layout of a site with SEO guidelines in mind, then our search engine optimization technicians implement proven SEO techniques that can help put your site at the top of the search engine ... (more)