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Boxee has received a lot of interest and praise from consumers for its media center software, which allows them to watch online video on their TV for free. Well now it has taken a step toward enabling media companies to charge for that content, announcing this morning that it has picked Vindicia as its payments platform provider.
If you took a life simulation, a la The Sims, and dropped it into a blender with a copy of a time management game, such as Diner Dash, you'd end up with Life Quest, the latest from Big Fish Games that proves to be a charming (but not challenging) digital diversion for your mouse-clicking finger.
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?”