Google, ITA Software Talks Causing Stir in Travel Industry

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Reuters is reporting that Google is in discussions to buy ITA Software (which has been rumored for months), an airline IT and services provider. The company is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and provides airfare info to airlines, travel agencies, and travel web services.

According to Reuters, there is a great deal of concern about such a deal among the travel industry. (hat tip: Greg Sterling).

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Last week, Salesforce made Chatter available to everyone. This has been described as a "Facebook for the enterprise." It’s also been described as "more than just Facebook for the enterprise." Either way, the company has now published a Best Practices guide for using it.

UnwiredView.com reports on some alleged details and specs for the next (after FroYo) version of Android – Gingerbread.

MeeGo announced "Day 1" of the MeeGo proejct. The MeeGo handset baseline source code is now available to the developer community.

TechCrunch points to an interesting new service that launched from Appsfire. It’s called AppTrends, and it aims to rank iPhone apps based on how much people are talking about them on Twitter. This may not only be a good tool for discovering new and interesting apps, but it also illustrates a practical use of real-time search.

Microsoft has issued a reminder that its Windows Anytime Upgrade offer will come to an end on July 3rd. Engadget points to more details from Geek.com.

Apple’s iPhone 4 antenna issues have received a lot of press since the release of the phone. Most recently, there is a lot of discussion about Apple’s hiring of antenna engineers, a job posting that appeared the day people started complaining, as Engadget points out. Meanwhile, Boy Genius Report has an interesting article about Apple’s troubleshooting process.

I personally seem to have been caught in some “old experiment” of Google’s which is now preventing me from seeing Google’s recently rolled out interface in Firefox. While I can see it in other browsers, and until today could in Firefox, I am no longer able to see the new UI, and am instead presented with the old version of Google results pages (where I have to click a link to bring up the search options).

I asked Google about this, and Jake Hubert from the company’s Global Communications and Public Affairs division told me, “I’ve verified that what you are seeing is likely related to an old experiment. We have no plans to remove the left-hand panel.”

Has this happened to anyone else?

Google, ITA Software Talks Causing Stir in Travel Industry
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  • Rhunt

    I have the current version of FF and have never seen the new Google format on it. I get the current view in IE, Chrome and Safari. I always wondered why that was.

  • Guest

    google buying ita was news back in april. you’re polluting google news results with crap like this.

    • Chris Crum

      Yes, we covered it back then. The stir it is causing is the focal point of the news, and while I did point that out, I (regrettably) didn’t place the right amount of emphasis on that, so for that I am sorry. I have adjusted it to clear up any confusion.

  • http://tbeyond.com Patrick

    I have always seen the search options on the left column for some time now, maybe about a month and it is always there in my Firefox.

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