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Firetalk could be victim of new focus

Firetalk Communications' Web voice chat service could shut down Friday because of lack of funding and a change in business model by its parent company, executives said Tuesday. Firetalk, which offers free and subscription-based services that allow people to talk online with their computers, is a business unit of Multitude, which is now focusing on renting out telephony services to emerging service providers. Multitude executives said they will explore options with Firetalk. Customers have said they are willing to pay more for the service, and several companies have expressed interest in buying the service from Multitude, said Sridhar Ramanathan, Multitude's vice president of marketing.

    Firetalk Communications' Web voice chat service could shut down Friday because of lack of funding and a change in business model by its parent company, executives said Tuesday.

    Firetalk, which offers free and subscription-based services that allow people to talk online with their computers, is a business unit of Multitude, which is now focusing on renting out telephony services to emerging service providers. Multitude executives said they will explore options with Firetalk. Customers have said they are willing to pay more for the service, and several companies have expressed interest in buying the service from Multitude, said Sridhar Ramanathan, Multitude's vice president of marketing.