Plaxo Makes Deal, Gets Sued

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The deal will pair Jajah’s calling service with Plaxo’s smart address book to add a convenient VoIP option called Plaxo Click to Call; Plaxo also found itself accused of patent infringement by another website.

In the new service from Plaxo, the Jajah telephony service uses an existing phone to connect calls instead of requiring a software install or a microphone and speakers on a computer.

By clicking a contact in the Plaxo address book, the Jajah service connects the caller and the recipient.

When the recipient picks up the call, the caller’s landline or mobile rings as Jajah handles the connection between the two, and bills at a per-minute rate.

Jajah members will have Plaxo powering their address books as part of the partnership. Later this year, JAJAH will build on Plaxo’s API to introduce the capabilities of the Plaxo smart address book to their members.

With the deal cited as a revenue opportunity for Plaxo, that company will probably benefit from revenue sharing with Jajah. T

erms of the revenue-generating aspect of the deal have not been disclosed. For Jajah, the arrangement will get their service in front of Plaxo’s 10 million users.

The pricing offered by Jajah and the ease of using existing phones to benefit from those rates could be helpful in increasing usage of the service.

Since Plaxo’s address book can be used on a variety of platforms, the initiative will be available to a broad variety of computer users.

Plaxo did receive some unwelcome news today, though. Reunion.com disclosed it has filed a lawsuit against Plaxo for infringing on its intellectual property. They provided some additional details on the action:

In 2004, Reunion.com acquired GoodContacts Research Ltd., which established itself as an early leader in the field of contact database maintenance and social networking software. Among other things, GoodContacts invented a fundamental and innovative method for automatically updating and maintaining contact information within a contact database, enabling users to stay in touch with their important relationships by sharing up-to-date contact information.

In summary, a good news, bad news day for Plaxo.

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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.

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