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  • SendHub Takes On Google Voice With Debut Of Shared Groups; Grabs New Investment From Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush

    SendHub Takes On Google Voice With Debut Of Shared Groups; Grabs New Investment From Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush

    SendHub, the messaging startup backed by $2 million in seed funding from Y Combinator, Kapor Capital, Menlo Ventures, 500 Startups and others, is today announcing a highly in-demand new feature with the launch of Shared Groups, as well as a notable new investor: Jeb Bush, 43rd Governor of Florida. This is the first startup investment for the former Republican governor, and one which saw… Read More

  • SendHub Expands Beyond Messaging, Now Rivals Google Voice With Support For Calls & Voicemail

    SendHub Expands Beyond Messaging, Now Rivals Google Voice With Support For Calls & Voicemail

    SendHub, the messaging startup that allows businesses to communicate with customers through SMS, is expanding its service today to now include support for voice calls and voicemail. These new features put SendHub in more direct competition with Google Voice, as users will now be able to use their SendHub phone numbers to both make and receive phone calls, while keeping their personal cell… Read More

  • Google Voice’s New Update Lets Users Manage Anonymous Calls

    Google Voice’s New Update Lets Users Manage Anonymous Calls

    For all its faults, Google Voice has gotten to be pretty solid with regard to how it routes calls from different groups of people, and today the search giant has gussied up the service even more. According to the official Google Voice blog, a new update now gives users more control over what to do with people who hide their phone numbers when they call. But let’s back up a minute here. Read More

  • Watch Out Google Voice: Hot Messaging Startup SendHub Debuts iPhone App

    Watch Out Google Voice: Hot Messaging Startup SendHub Debuts iPhone App

    Fresh on the heels of its hot $2 million seed round from Kapor Capital, Menlo Ventures, 500 Startups, Howard Lindzon’s Social Leverage fund, Eric Ries, Paul Buchheit, Jawed Karim, and others, YC-backed messaging startup SendHub is debuting its much-anticipated iPhone application today. The new app brings the services SendHub previously offered on the web to the mobile platform, including… Read More

  • First Look: With Disco, Google Also Joins The Group Messaging Dance (Care Of Slide)

    First Look: With Disco, Google Also Joins The Group Messaging Dance (Care Of Slide)

    As we just broke the news on, Google has a secret group messaging project that was built from within their confines: Disco. Slide, which Google bought last year, are the ones responsible for the app. And since word is that they’re allowed to run autonomously within the company as their own startup of sorts, the app probably doesn’t have anything to do with Google’s broader… Read More

  • Complete Integration Of Google Voice And 50 Million Sprint Customers, Plus 4G Nexus S

    This is the biggest news about Google Voice since the company behind it, previously called Grand Central, was acquired by Google in 2007. They’ve integrated with Sprint. What that means is you are one of Sprint’s 50 million U.S. customers, your Sprint phone number is now also a Google Voice number. And If you’re already a Google Voice subscriber, you can use that number on… Read More

  • Google Voice Number Porting Now Live (For Real This Time)

    Last week, after nearly two years of waiting, Google Voice finally enabled number porting — the highly requested feature that lets you transfer an existing phone number to Google’s powerful telephony service. And then, just as everyone was getting excited, the feature disappeared. But now it’s back. Turns out last week’s number porting launch was just a test (which is… Read More

  • Payback: I Just Canceled AT&T By Way Of Google Voice

    Payback: I Just Canceled AT&T By Way Of Google Voice

    Over the past few years, I’ve been pretty vocal with my distaste for AT&T. Their complete and total incompetence when it comes to handling the iPhone in major metropolitan areas (or really any mildly crowded area) was only matched by a few of the colossal fuck-ups they’ve had with regard to some of my bills over the years. Tonight was the last straw. And it couldn’t have… Read More

  • Google Voice Is About To Take Off: Number Porting Coming Soon For $20

    Google Voice Is About To Take Off: Number Porting Coming Soon For $20

    We’ve been huge fans of Google Voice for quite a while now — it makes screening calls and managing multiple phones a breeze — but there’s always been a huge thorn in its side: it didn’t allow people to port their existing phone numbers over. In other words, in order to take advantage of all of Google Voice’s benefits, you’d have to get a new phone number. Read More

  • Gmail's Holiday Gift: Another Year Of Free Calling To The U.S. And Canada

    I own an iPhone. I live in San Francisco. As such, it’s basically a total crapshoot as to whether or not I’ll be able to make a phone call in the city. Skype had always been a pretty good back-up solution, but an even better one came a few months ago: Gmail Calling. And now Google has just extended the free period of the feature through 2011. Yes, through next year. Gmail Calling… Read More

  • Google Voice Adds Support For iPod Touch And iPad

    As we wrote a month ago, Google Voice finally arrived for the iPhone after Apple waited 16 months to approve the application. And as expected, the app was a hit with Google Voice and iPhone users. Unfortunately, at the time of launch, Google Voice for the iPhone didn’t support the iPod Touch or the iPad. So today, Google is announcing a new version of Google Voice that will work on both… Read More

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