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Google

+ - Google Apps not longer offering free accounts->

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Rob from RPI
Rob from RPI writes "As a bit of a shock announcement, if you didn't already have your free Google Apps domain hosted with google before now, it's too late. I just received an email saying — basically — 'if you want to create more domains, then it's too late. Pay up'. Reading the google help page http://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en-us&answer=2855120 gives you a good overview.

If you wish to use Google Apps, you now have to pay $50/user/year. Otherwise you're stuck with a gmail address for all your users.

This comes after Google shrunk the free number of users from 50 to 10 in 2010. I know that I was convinced to move our email to the paid version by messing around with it, but I doubt many more people will be done this in the future.

So, Google — what WERE you thinking?"

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Software

+ - Open-Source VoIP hits another milestone.

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Rob from RPI
Rob from RPI writes "The guys over at Trixbox have just released version 2.0. Trixbox is a Linux ISO (Based on CentOS, a FOSS repackage of RHEL) that includes the Open-Source Asterisk, a VoIP PBX that runs on Linux, FreePBX, the web-based, open source GUI configuration tool for it, and a pile of other stuff that may be useful for a PBX. Trixbox is along similar lines to the other Live-ish CD's, where they just install a complete working system to your hard drive. Unfortunately, they just managed to miss out on the release of freePBX 2.2, which I released about 48 hours too late, but they're using 2.2.0rc3 which has very few changes to 2.2.0-release. Trixbox (and it's previous incarnation, Asterisk@Home) has had more than 200,000 downloads since it's inception, and is by far the most popular FOSS PBX around."
Communications

+ - Global SIP scanning finally happens.

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Rob from RPI
Rob from RPI writes "What with all of the Asterisk and Voice over IP news recently, someone seems to have finally started scanning for misconfigured SIP devices. I've written a overview of why and how it's happening, and some hints and tips to ensure that it doesn't cause you any grief. Note that this will affect anyone with a mis-configured or, at least, poorly-secured VoIP device connected to the internet. That phone call you had last night at 3am? That was this scan."

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