Hype Sheet: Electrocution is Comcastic!

The Pitch A harried mother, her face creased with exhaustion and dread, pleads with her son's principal via telephone. It seems that little Sammy's been expelled on account of some violent malfeasance. Mom promises that her demonic offspring has seen the light, but Sammy proves otherwise in the background; he inserts… » 1/31/08 12:20pm 1/31/08 12:20pm

Afternoon News: FBI Billboards, Radiohead Webcast, and Patents, Patents, Patents

• The FBI wants to install 150 digital billboards in 20 US cities in the next few weeks to show fugitives, missing people and gadget bloggers. [Network World]
Oft-discussed Radiohead will have a live webcast concert at midnight on January 1. It's almost cool to stay home on New Year's Eve now. [Pitchfork]
• Google… » 12/27/07 4:00pm 12/27/07 4:00pm

Vonage Ordered to Pay Verizon $120 Million

A recent lawsuit involving Verizon and Vonage has been settled, and Vonage has been ordered to pay Verizon $120 million due to patent infringements. The fine imposed on Vonage means they are edging closer to bankruptcy, with debts mounting to the sum of some $250 million prior to the court's decision, it looks like… » 11/18/07 9:45am 11/18/07 9:45am

Vonage Visual Voice Mail Hands On (Verdict: Mixed Success)

VoIP telephone service provider Vonage just began offering Visual Voice Mail, a text transcription service that turns all of your voicemail messages into text that's immediately emailed to you. Using a combination of speech-to-text software and human transcribers, Vonage is charging 25 cents per transcription, which… » 7/26/07 12:44pm 7/26/07 12:44pm

$400 Ooma Gives You Free VOIP and Landline Calls for Life

Companies such as Vonage had better look to their laurels, as new kid on the block Ooma is looking to steal their thunder with a product that offers VOIP calls—but with a twist. From September, you will be able to get your hands on the Ooma, a hub that combines VOIP with regular landlines. But you have to shell out a… » 7/19/07 4:56am 7/19/07 4:56am

Vonage to Offer Calling Cards With 200 Free Minutes

Vonage will start offering calling cards loaded with around 200 free minutes, according to a daisy chain of well placed, yet anonymous sources. ("So oooo hot," said one member in the chain.) Apparently Vonage wants to target homesick business travelers who want to continue to use their home phone number while away… » 2/21/07 11:38am 2/21/07 11:38am