U.S. military pressures IPv6 suppliers to use their own products; will online chatting eclipse e-mail?

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> IT network suppliers to the U.S. military are under pressure to deploy IPv6 on their own networks and websites to get experience, Network World reports, something apparently called "eating your own dog food" in industry jargon. Story (sub. req.)

> It's a Christmas miracle from Google--OK, maybe not, but the search behemoth has extended its free Gmail calling all the way through 2011, which is very nice. And maybe a wee bit competitive with Skype. Story.

> Dunnellon, Fla. residents will have access to triple play services thanks to Zhone Technologies' deployment of its MXK MSAN on broadband provider Greenlight Communications' Ethernet and GPON development. News release.

> TelstraClear is optimistic about its role as New Zealand's second largest full service telecommunications company, a Research and Markets report details. News release.

> Ireland's Eircom is negotiating with Digiweb to resell Tooway satellite service throughout the country, Telegeography reports. Story.

And finally... email? That's soooo passé, the New York Times reports. With SMS now surpassing telephone calls as the communications medium of choice for all those damn kids out there, organizations including Facebook are scrambling to tap into the trend. Now excuse me while I reply to a text message from my mom. Seriously. Story.