Yahoo Will Launch VoIP Service & Google Planning GoogleNet With Free Wi-Fi?

Internet analyst Safa Rashtch from Piper Jaffray said in a note today that Yahoo will launch a VoIP service in the next two weeks. Red Herring has more.

Yahoo already offers a VoIP service as part of its Yahoo Messenger service. I also posted a few weeks ago that Yahoo recently had a VoIP patent application published by the USPTO. Yahoo also has also been awarded a few VoIP-related patents. Here are two examples. 1 ||| 2 . Both of these patents were awarded 2003.

Meanwhile over at Business 2.0, Om Malik reports on Google quietly building its own (as has been rumored for some time) telecommunications network that might one day be used to provide free wireless access across America. Google could also provide targeted advertising based on the users exact location.