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U.S. regulators may use their veto power over Comcast Corp.'s planned purchase of NBC Universal to demand concessions that help Web startups, analysts say. The Federal Communications Commission extended its review of the deal this month, in part to assess the effect on online video services. The FCC may bar Comcast, the largest U.S. cable service, from interfering with Web video startups such as Roku Inc. and Boxee Inc. or from denying them NBC shows or films.
In the early 1990s, Jeremy Wertheimer started thinking about how smarter software could change the travel industry. This was before the emergence of the Web, but Wertheimer, a doctoral student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s artificial intelligence lab, was already convinced that travel agents needed a more flexible way to search for airfares than the mainframe-based systems they were using, which dated back to the 1960s.
Media magnate Oprah Winfrey is entering the mobile content arena. The talk show host's production company, Harpo Studios, along with app company Hands-On Mobile, are releasing Oprah Mobile for the Apple iPhone, BlackBerry, Google Android and Palm Pre devices
“This is my second home,” Jumptap CMO Paran Johar says of the Gramercy Park Hotel as we lounge in its outdoor pavilion bar. Our waitress has informed us the view is far more spectacular at night, but on a clear spring New York afternoon on which the sun has made a most-welcome cameo, the panorama of buildings stretching to the East River is an impressive display of the city’s massive scope.