As in every other case with startups, there was a lot of optimism and cheerleading, and obviously one (or multiple) areas weren’t quite as rosy as they’ve been made to seem.

What’s more, the million to million acquisition price is small peanuts for CWT, which according to its 2011 numbers, operates in more than 150 countries, has 20K employees and saw billion in aggregate sales.

Usurprising in retrospect, but it was at about this time that acquisition rumors first started to surface, with RCRW Unplugged and Calcalist reporting that the partnerships had led to buyout talks with Travel Port and Amex, with the Israeli newspaper claiming that offers were as high as million.

If you haven’t used it before, Worldmate is a seriously clever piece of technology that combines the best of web services and mobile apps.

The way it works is that you simply forward your flight and hotel booking confirmation emails to .

Simply double-click the downloaded file to install it.

Update Star Free and Update Star Premium come with the same installer.

Like me, your summer holidays have probably been and gone already.

But discovering one of the best travel apps ever in the Windows Phone Marketplace isn’t something that can wait until next summer! It’s a service that’s been around for quite a while, on almost every computing and mobile platform, and one I remember fondly from my Nokia N8.

So you can dispense with the need for lots of messy pieces of paper in your suitcase pocket that you end up scrabbling through at every stage of your journey.

It will add extra smartphone goodness to your plans, too, allowing you to do things like click on your hotel to give them a call, or bring up a map to guide you in safely.

This being 2012, the app is firmly integrated with Facebook, so you can tell all your friends when and where you’re flying and staying.