FOR YEARS, TECHNOLOGY prophets predicted that the mobile channel would be the next big thing in travel. For years, the prophecy went unfulfilled. The few cellular phones and personal digital assistants that could access the Internet did so with less than lightning speed, and their tiny screens didn't encourage Web browsing. Nevertheless, airlines created mobile websites. Perhaps they learned a lesson after third parties like Travelocity and Expedia seized control of the Internet ...

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