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Google Voice update offers more control over anonymous calls

Google Voice update offers more control over anonymous calls

Google released an update today for its Google Voice online calling and voice message management service that will help you better control the calls you receive. It recently integrated Google+ with the service so that you could customize the answering rules for your different Groups and Circles. Now, they are extending that customization to calls you receive from people not already in your address book and anonymous calls.

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Google hoping to bring Voice integration to other carriers

Google hoping to bring Voice integration to other carriers

A quick refresher if you’re not familiar with Google Voice: it allows you to choose a US phone number to serve as your central number. Any calls to that number can be filtered and forwarded to any of your phones accordingly. Other features like voicemail transcription and SMS forwarding are the cherries on top. Apps are available for iOS and Android, although carrier integration is the dream many are chasing. Google has hinted that that it’s trying to court the various carriers.

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Google+ Hangouts integrates Voice for telephone calls

Google+ Hangouts integrates Voice for telephone calls

Now you can call out from your desktop using Google+ Hangouts using a brand new Telephone feature, this in addition to several other features added this month including Google Docs and screensharing. It's Google's Vincent Paquet who lets us in on the several updates we can expect imminently for our desktop-based Google+ experience, showing how simple it is to dial someone in at the tap of a few buttons. This calling feature will be free for the United States and Canada while dialing out to France, Germany, India, and Mexico will cost you a bit per minute.

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Google wins patent for ringback adverts

Google wins patent for ringback adverts

Google has just been granted a patent from the USPTO that replaces ringback tones with adverts. The idea is to replace the ringback sound you hear when you're calling someone and waiting for them to pick up. The ringback sound that you'd normally have to listen to anyways while you're waiting is replaced by an audio advertisement.

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Google Voice adds Google+ Circles

Google Voice adds Google+ Circles

Google continues to expand the reach of its social network and announced today that it is integrating Google+ Circles into Google Voice, its free VoIP PBX-type of voice calling and voice message management service. The integration allows you to assign different answering rules for each of your Circles.

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Google Voice in pre-launch Euro testing

Google Voice in pre-launch Euro testing

Google has confirmed that its Google Voice service is currently in testing in Europe, though has blamed legislative hurdles as well as engineering issues for not yet publicly launching the VoIP service. European Director of Business Development, Jens Redmer, announced the dogfooding at the European Pirate Summit event in Cologne, Germany today, TNW reports, saying that he himself was trialling the service and was making particular use of the voicemail transcription.

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Google Voice Added to Takeout Service via Data Liberation Front

Google Voice Added to Takeout Service via Data Liberation Front

Today marks the first time that Google Voice data is available for download by you via Google Takeout, this adding to the ever-expanding ranks of Google-run services whose data you the users have contributed to on Google Takeout, a service which allows you keep that data for your own. In an internet-only ad spot, a group of Data Liberation Front users sit in a group and cycle through several different physical carriers of data, these being symbolic of the data you're about to have access to on Google Takeout.

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