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Google is in the process of acquiring ITA Software, an airfare information provider that brings the company into the realm of vertical travel search. It also creates potentially awkward competition with ITA customers like Kayak and Bing. But travel isn’t the only thing ITA does; a few years ago, a research division of the company started a build-your-own-database tool for web data. Needlebase, as it’s known, is a nifty way to give structure to disorganized and constantly changing information on any topic.
Boxee was scheduled to release its set-top box, the Boxee Box, in June, but the company pushed back the release until the fourth quarter as it and partner D-Link continued to polish the product. Several news reports this week said the release date had been moved up from the November date announced by Boxee CEO Avner Ronen last month.
Online casual game portal Big Fish Games says its users have been responsible for more than a billion game downloads over the last eight years.
Every month, about 300 million people in China are using a computer to watch Chinese TV dramas, Japanese and Korean sitcoms, and even American films and television series like “Twilight” and “Gossip Girl.” Live streaming of the recent World Cup also drew a huge online audience.