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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Josh Sharfman, chief technology officer of the California Association of Realtors, offered up several dozen Web sites and services that are of use to real estate professionals during a presentation at the California Realtor Expo in San Jose.Sharfman's list included Web-based software that can substitute for, or serve as a companion to, Microsoft Office's suite of applications, including, Google Docs and Microsoft Office Live.Companies providing Internet telephony and virtual PBX services, which Sharfman said allow small businesses to "project an image larger than life" without purchasing a private business exchange, include 8x8 Inc., UniVoIP, Aptela Inc., Quest, eVoice, toktumi, Grasshopper and Onebox.Sharfman provided links to sites and applications that explain how to set up a BlackBerry, Treo or "jailbroken" iPhone to function as a USB or wireless modem for a laptop computer. To "jailbreak" a device is to essentially f...