Microsoft acquires Farecast, a smart travel search engine

Apr. 21, 2008
Are we ready for tomorrow’s user?
IT World Canada
Kathleen Lau comments on the handheld device market space and the opportunities associated with it.

“Handheld devices are a ubiquitous technology, and the average user is often sidelined by the vendor in an effort to go to market with cool products. Even today’s mobile developers admit the average user is an untapped market yearning for practical functionality for every day use. If we can’t meet the more basic expectations of the average user in a pre-converged world, harnessing that golden growth opportunity that tomorrow’s world of new markets and new users promises may be trickier than we think.”

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Microsoft buys travel search site
The Register
John Oates shares Microsoft’s released statement around the company’s recent acquisition of Farecast.

“Microsoft said in a statement: ‘We are pleased to announce that we have acquired Farecast, a Seattle-based smart travel search engine, and we welcome them to the Microsoft family. Farecast has been a partner of ours on MSN Travel and we look forward to working closely with the Farecast team to incorporate and apply its technology in new and interesting ways.’”

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For fans of the movie, “Juno,” Jackson West writes that the movie is now available for download through the iTunes Music Store.

“The move marks Fox’s first foray into offering new DVD releases as paid downloads through Apple’s popular service, with the studio joining Paramount and Disney. Amazon’s Unbox already carried the title, where it’s also available to rent. Apple TV owners won’t be able to rent Juno until May 14.”

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