links for 2009-09-21

  • Its vivid colour is clearly designed to appeal to youngsters. But this watch is really aimed at their parents.
    For its key selling point is a satellite positioning system that locates the wearer to within ten feet.
    The makers claim the GPS tracking device will offer anxious parents peace of mind and allow children the independence to go out to play on their own.
    (tags: num8 watch GPS)
  • The founders of Internet phone service Skype have filed another lawsuit that may put a wrench in eBay Inc.’s plan to sell Skype for $2 billion to a private investor group.
    In a lawsuit filed Friday in a Delaware state court, Joost N.V. and Joltid Ltd. sued former Joost CEO Mike Volpi, alleging he breached his legal duty to Joost by using confidential information to form a deal with eBay to buy the majority of Skype.
    Volpi is a former Skype board member and partner at Index Ventures, part of a group of private investors buying Skype. He stepped down as Joost CEO in July, but remained its chairman until just after eBay announced in early September that it would sell Skype.
    (tags: skype Joost eBay)

  • Google Inc. said Apple Inc.’s top marketing executive personally told the company that its Google Voice application had been rejected because it duplicates the telephone dialer on the iPhone and could be used as a replacement.
    The newly disclosed discussion, revealed in a regulatory filing made fully public Friday, contrasts with Apple’s own denial that it rejected the program. Apple said Friday that the two Silicon Valley companies are still discussing the application.
    The Federal Communications Commission is looking at Apple’s block on the Google Voice app as part of a bigger investigation into how wireless industry practices affect consumers. In August, Apple, Google and Dallas-based AT&T Inc., the only wireless carrier to offer the iPhone in the U.S., sent the commission letters responding to its questions.
    (tags: Google apple)

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