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Those of you traveling over the weekend will be pleased to know that Skype is offering free Wi-Fi access at more than 100,000 locations. Skype is celebrating the launch of SkypeAccess, which lets you pay for Wi-Fi access with your Skype Credit. All you need to access the free Wi-Fi is the latest version of Skype, downloaded on your computer. Among the big companies participating: AT&T (T), Barnes & Noble (BKS), Sprint (S), and Wireless Hotspot Ltd. Go to Skype.com to learn more.
Kindle, Meet Mac
Amazon.com (AMZN) just released a free application that will let you read Kindle books on your Mac. Right now, you can read one of the more than 450,000 Kindle books on an iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry, and PC. And Amazon.com says Kindle books will also be available on the new iPad, too. Download the app at amazon.com/kindleformac.
New to Nexus
Sprint says it will sell a version of Google's (GOOG) Nexus One, though it’s being a little secretive about when it will actually hit stores. Sprint is jumping on the Nexus One bandwagon after T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon (VZ), who will likely be selling the phone with a two-year contract.
Facebook’s co-founder has a new project. Chris Hughes just announced the soft launch of Jumo.com, the philanthropic start-up that puts volunteers with organizations that support their chosen cause. The site will be set up like a social networking site, but will be targeted specifically at non-profits and those who want to volunteer their time. Like LinkedIn, Jumo users, whether individuals or groups, will set up profiles that are visible to others in the Jumo community. Users will also be able to have forum discussions at the site and build relationships with various non-profit organizations.
The Wall Street Journal has a new database that will help you find a bank in your area that is offering consumer loans. By visiting graphicsweb.wsj.com, all you have to do is enter your zip code and the tool will find banks and credit unions offering loans, and whose lending business is growing.
Big record label Universal is slashing the price of its CDs. (This is good news for those of you out there still buying CDs, though the closing of Virgin Megastores across the country would indicate you’re part of a population that is much smaller than it used to be.) Universal is cutting nearly all of its CDs to between $6 and $10. If Universal’s endeavor is successful, other record companies are likely to follow its lead. Those of you downloading digital files still get the best deal, however, since a CD priced at $10 is still more expensive per song than downloading music from Amazon.com or Apple’s iTunes.
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