PushLife, a Toronto-based startup that allows users to sync their iTunes and Windows Media Player libraries with Android and BlackBerry smartphones, has been acquired by Google. The company, which was founded in 2008, describes its mission as helping users to “play, organize, schare and purchase digital content across multiple devices” and calls itself “the best upgrade to your BlackBerry and Android media player.” The PushLife team will join Google’s engineering team in Canada.
Google just announced that it has received permission to proceed with its acquisition of ITA Software, the Cambridge, MA-based company that specializes in providing ticketing and logistics services to airlines like United Airlines, Air Canada American Airlines and major online travel agencies like Orbitz, Kayak and others.
Google just announced the launch of its live video streaming platform for YouTube. Until now, live events on YouTube were generally one-offs and focused on concerts, major sporting events and special interviews. Now, however, YouTube will allow a select group of its partners to stream their content live. Currently playing live shows will be highlighted on a special page.