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Wolfram Alpha lets you spy on the flights overhead

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s … okay so it’s just a plane. But wouldn’t it be cool to know everything about that aircraft overhead, like its altitude and where it’s headed? Computational search engine Wolfram Alpha now has the answers.

Flight search startup Hipmunk now ranks hotels by “ecstasy”

Just about every flight search engine has a hotel booking service — and that’s how they end up making a majority of their money. It looks like flight search startup Hipmunk finally got the memo, because the company announced today that it is launching a hotel search engine to go with its simplified flight search engine.

DEMO: Charter a private jet with FlyRuby

FlyRuby is one of 53 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2011 event taking place this week in Palm Desert, Calif. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.

Microsoft and Google’s war takes to the skies

Microsoft — along with a number of other new companies — has joined an increasingly large bandwagon trying to keep Google from purchasing ITA, a provider of flight information for search engines, for $700 million.

Startup Hipmunk builds innovative flight-search site

There’s no shortage of travel sites on the Web, but I find the experience of searching for flights is still pretty crummy. I have to hold lots of little details in my head as I sort through a bunch of flight listings that are often almost identical.