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November 18, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Startup launches: SmartSheet’s small biz tool, Yapta’s frequent flyer alerts

A bunch of Web startups are launching products today. A roundup:

— Bellevue-based SmartSheet is releasing Small Business Bundler, a tool for small businesses such as agents, brokers and consultants create online, branded versions of their services with “no technical expertise and no setup costs.”

Launch customers include Virtual Assistant Network, Tradeshow Coach and Success Connections, a service for entrepreneurs.

— Seattle travel planning service Yapta today is launching alerts that notify users when frequent flyer seats become available on airlines. So far it has five major airlines participating — Alaska Airlines, United, Delta, Continental and U.S. Airways — but more are in the works.

It’s a companion service to Yapta’s airfare price change alerts. Specifically, it sends notifications when travelers can use their frequent-flier miles to book award an award seat that becomes available on a particular flight, the release said.

— Seattle-based Daptiv, a provider of on-demand business collaboration software, also announced a major upgrade of its software on Monday. The new version includes a localized user interface and support for multiple languages (French, German and Spanish) and multiple browsers. About 20 percent of the company’s customers are outside the U.S.

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