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Google Window-Shops for VoIP

Jack Decker (jack-yahoogroups@withheld)
Wed, 09 Mar 2005 12:29:34 -0500

By Ben Charny
Staff Writer, CNET

SAN JOSE, Calif.--A team of Google honchos met this week with several
Net telephone service providers, sources familiar with the talks told
CNET, renewing speculation that the search giant may be
exploring a move into the fast-growing market.

"They were fairly aggressive about getting our opinions," said one
Internet phone executive who facilitated several meetings between
Google and Net phone interests here at Spring 2005 Voice on the
Net. The executive requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature
of the meetings.


The meetings offer further confirmation of the view that as the Net
phone business starts to take off, search giants and Web portals such
as Yahoo may not be far behind. Among the announcements at VON,
America Online said it plans to unveil a VoIP service in the next
month, heightening speculation that Yahoo, Microsoft's MSN and Google
-- its biggest Web rivals -- may be exploring similar moves.

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