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If Google buys ITA Software and cuts off ITA’s contracts with travel metasearch and airline websites, will Expedia try to fill the void? Kayak co-founder and CEO Steve Hafner says the metasearch company has been evaluating Expedia’s Best Fare Search air search and pricing engine “and we like it. Plus, it seems to be cheaper than ITA’s QPX.”
Today, four platform companies affect the lives of hundreds of millions of consumers every day. They are Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft. They all have (or had) smart, ultra-competitive founder/CEOs with simple yet overarching visions of the future and a deep, almost righteous, belief that what they are doing is good. The platform companies have a lot of power and they are not afraid to use it to exert more influence and push forward their vision of a better world, regardless of the opinions of others. Is this the triumph of innovation and execution in a market economy? Or is Kara Swisher from AllThingsD right to call Apple, Facebook and Google “the three fascist states of Silicon Valley?”
German travel search engine Swoodoo has been acquired by the leading U.S. flight search engine Kayak.
Although Kayak has lots of cash in the bank and is a major player in the US, it is still not well known in Europe, hence its need to make an incursion here. Financial terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed but we hear on the grapevine that T-Venture and Deutsche Telekom were “very happy with the Exit”.
It was just a few years ago that Adobe’s Flash revolutionized video publishing by enabling media companies to reach a vast number of consumers with a plugin that ensured a consistent rich media experience across multiple operating systems and browsers. Now, Brightcove might be at the forefront of the next revolution of video publishing, as those companies face a new challenge: how to publish video on multiple devices, all of which have different software support and different encoding requirements.