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AOL enters area VoIP market

Seattle and Tacoma are among 40 markets nationwide where Internet service provider America Online Inc. began offering online phone service in April.

AOL Internet Phone Service uses Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, technology for placing phone calls via the Internet or similar computer networks instead of through traditional phone networks.

Also in the initial market launch is Portland, Ore.

AOL offers an introductory price for its Internet phone service to new subscribers to its broadband Internet access service. It has other rate plans for existing Internet subscribers who want to add the VoIP phone service. The service brings together voice, e-mail and instant messaging and includes other common features such as call waiting, call forwarding and caller ID.

ITEC conference planned for June

The Seattle ITEC conference will be held June 8-9 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center.

The conference is an annual business-to-business forum for regional and national companies, small and medium business managers, executives, and IT professionals

ITEC provides an educational platform featuring an interactive show floor, technology-specific conference tracks, vendor sessions, and keynotes from national industry experts. For more information, visit

Talisma buys

Talisma Corp., a Bellevue-based provider of customer relationship management software, has acquired, a maker of customer support software based in Los Angeles.

Talisma will incorporate’s technology, intellectual property and customer base into its own operations, and an undisclosed number of employees will join the company.

Talisma’s sales staff has been selling the KnowlegdeBase technology for about 18 months through an OEM agreement.

Last year Talisma purchased another maker of competing software, eAssist Global Solutions Inc. of San Diego.

MixMeister releases Express product

Seattle-based MixMeister Technology, a developer of music mixing software for DJs, released MixMeister Express. The company says the product is designed to let users create DJ-style mixes from digital music files, with no special musical expertise required.

MixMeister Express lets users blend songs together with sophisticated, beat-matched transitions that let the rhythm flow from one song to the next. Long songs can be trimmed down to size, or short songs remixed to make them last longer.

Parallel releases USB Info

Redmond-based Parallel Technologies released its new USB software, USB Info. The product lets users view, browse, explore, benchmark, test, and troubleshoot their USB devices.

USB Info features support for third-party USB 2.0 drivers and controllers, benchmarking and performance testing of any USB device including the individual components of USB composite devices such as printer/scanner/copier type products.

Identsoft upgrades Business Card Maker

Issaquah-based Indentsoft Software Solutions released Advanced Business Card Maker 2.0. The product is a business card designing and printing software that helps users create business cards from many supplied templates with graphics, backgrounds, and artwork.

The software can create double-sided cards of any size up to 5-by-5 inches, as well as rotate text, shapes and images, and make them partially transparent. gets MSN deal Inc., a provider of online directory assistance services, said it will power the Internet-based residential directory service of MSN through a partnership with Microsoft Corp.

Seattle-based recently began providing the white pages directory that appears on MSN’s home page, and expects a 25 percent increase in page views as a result, according to a press release.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a company spokeswoman said the increased pages views and unique visitors will have a large impact on its sales, which come 90 percent from advertisers.

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