[LINK] Google Brings Voice To Gmail

Stephen Wilson swilson at lockstep.com.au
Thu Aug 26 10:22:01 AEST 2010

If Google invests as much in voice recognisition as they do in face 
recognition, then they might generate and log transcripts of all calls 
too.  Would be more efficient than storing the raw data ;-)

We should beware of the proven hunger of Google research engineers to 
exploit the masses of data (like wifi transmissions) that falls into 
their laps, and expect they will want to do new experiments on voice data.

The Google Privacy Policy as it relates to voice calls will make very 
interesting reading.



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On 26/08/2010 9:51 AM, Kim Holburn wrote:
> Not that it doesn't sound like a great idea but it gets you wondering
> doesn't it.  If google out competes the phone companies and we have
> everyone's phone calls going through google and *being* *logged* by
> google.  Hmmm....
> http://www.itproportal.com/portal/news/article/2010/8/25/google-brings-voice-gmail/
>> Google Brings Voice To Gmail
>> 25 August, 2010, by Desire Athow
>> Google has finally added voice support to its popular Gmail email
>> service which means that users will soon be able to call landlines
>> and mobiles worldwide for free or for extremely low prices.
>> The announcement was made at a press conference in San Francisco in
>> front of a few selected press members.
>> Earlier, Robin Schriebman, Software Engineer at Google, wrote on the
>> company's blog that "Given that most of us don’t spend all day in
>> front of our computers, we thought, 'wouldn’t it be nice if you
>> could call people directly on their phones?' Starting today, you can
>> call any phone right from Gmail".
>> The VoIP-based service will apparently be available in the US for
>> the time being but we've heard about some UK having access to it
>> already.
>> Calls to the US and Canada - both to landlines and mobiles - from
>> other countries will remain free until the end of the year without
>> any connection fees while countries like Mexico, France and UK will
>> be charged as little as 2c per minutes, that's roughly 1.2p.

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