You, me, everybody – Google Voice opened up to everyone

Google Voice numbers are no longer invitation only.  The big G announced today that the service would be available on demand for Google ID holders. I’ve had a GV number for a while, and we were just able to beg/borrow/steal an invite for a client to use on their new site.

What’s Google Voice, you ask?

The guy makes HOW much money?!?

Before you click through to this story on the business success of founder Ben Huh, try and guess the amount of money the guy makes and how many sites are a part of his Cheezburger Network.  I can haz some moneys, Mr. Huh?

Site Launch:

Commercial and industrial painting contractor Frank J. Ryan and Sons, in concert with WSG, today launched their first web-site –   A forth-generation family-owned business, FJR & Sons stands atop their field, and now they have a web presence to match.

We were genuinely impressed to learn about the accomplishments of FJR and Sons.  From their impressive client list, to the projects they’ve completed, their imprint is all over the Capital Region – Albany, Troy, Saratoga and beyond.  If you’ve lived in this area for any length of time, you can be sure you’ve seen their work:  The College of St. Rose in Albany, NY, the EMPAC building in Troy, the Sagamore in Lake George, NY, the LL Bean store in Albany and the Rensselaer Rail Station.  FJR and Sons is also certified by the EPA as a lead-safe firm.  Co-owners and brothers Bob and Steve Ryan were a joy to work with, and we look forward to continued work on their site.

The project included a custom design by our Creative Director Danielle McMahon, and is running on open-source content management system Drupal.

Curious about the HP/Palm mashup? Check out the best Twitter content on the subject…

Quick post – HP bought Palm and assembled a nice post about the bets Twitter content on the news.  Find it here.

LATimes: Hulu to start charging for programming

I know plenty of people who have dumped their in home cable television service in favor of video content from web sites like YouTube, Hulu, Netflix and other download or streaming media sources.  Hulu will now apparently look to monetize come of their content with a $9.95 subscription offering.  The LA Times reports that Hulu will start testing this offering at the end of May.

How much are you willing to pay for this kind of service?  Does it even interest you?

TimesUnion inserts Albany Med ad on same page as St. Peter’s scandal story

Now, this is really nobody’s fault, but it is notable.  On the same page as a story about the theft of personal information at St. Peter’s Hospital here in Albany was a banner ad for their biggest competitor, Albany Medical Center.

The ad should have said – “Don’t go to the place where your personal data is stolen by a file clerk – Go to the place where the same thing could probably happen, but hasn’t yet.”

I refreshed this page 15 times for good measure, and saw the Albany Med ad twice, an ad for Ellis Hospital’s Mother of the Year program, and the rest of the ads were not related to medicine or hospitals.


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