Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Microsoft To Acquire TellMe For $800m?

Physical World Connection player TellMe is close to being bought out by Microsoft. TellMe's founder Mike McCue called his vision "DialTone 2.0". That's along the same thinking as giving every physical object a dialtone.

I think it would make a great fit and wonder if Google will counter. Can you see a speech recognition browser in the making? The idea of using words and physical world hyperlinks to connect to the Net.

From C/Net Sources say Microsoft near deal to buy TellMe

Microsoft is close to acquiring privately held Tellme Networks, a maker of products that bridge the worlds of speech recognition and the Internet, CNET News.com has learned.

The deal is expected to be completed and announced later this week, according to sources familiar with the companies' plans.

Mountain View, Calif.-based Tellme is best known for its service that lets people get Internet information over the telephone, but the company also has a variety of services that businesses can use to offer automated data and directory assistance information via the phone

Recently they introduced a speech recognition 411 for the mobile.

Who's next on the list to get acquired?

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