All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘ITA Software’

New Google Flight Search Features Aim To Help You Save Time And Money

Google announced a pair of new features for Flight Search today called “Tips” and “Best Flights,” aimed at helping users save money and time, respectively. Here’s what the Tips feature looks like: “If you’re a budget-conscious traveler with some flexibility in your schedule, a new feature called tips may be able to help you save money,”‘ says product manager Fred …

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Google Flight Search Heads To More Countries

Google announced today that its Flight Search tool is launching in a handful of new countries, including: the UK, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. It was about a year ago when Flight Search first went international, adding flights from the U.S. to destinations around the world. The feature itself launched in Canada last summer, and now the expansion appears …

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Google Adds Regions To Flight Search

Google has updated its Flight Search tool to let users search for regions. Now, you can search for places in addition to just airports. Google made the announcement on its ITA Software blog. ITA Software is, of course, what powers the Flight Search feature. “Let’s say you want to take your family to Hawaii for spring break, but you’re not …

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Google’s ITA Data Heads To MileWise For iPhone

Google announced today that MileWise users can search with its ITA Software QPX pricing and shopping technology on their iPhones, in addition to on miilewise.com. “This means MileWise users have improved speed and range of search options whether they’re using their desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device,” says Google’s Asif Khan. iPhone users will be able to combine two one-way …

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Google Announces Flight Explorer, Other New Flight Search Features

Last week, Google Flight Explorer was spotted in the wild. It’s a tool that lets you browse flights by trip length, number of stops, airline, duration, outbound times and return times. Google was reported to have called it an “experimental feature”. Today, Google has formally announced the service, along with a handful of other new Flight Search features. “Google aims …

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Japan’s Largest Airline Signs New Multi-Year Deal With Google

Google announced today that Japan’s largest airline, All Nippon Airways (ANA), has signed a new multi-year agreement to use its ITA Software pricing and shopping engine. The deal is actually a renewal, as the airline was one of ITA Software’s first QPX customers in Asia. “ANA launched QPX in 2008, utilizing our advanced airfare shopping tools to provide international airfare …

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Google Launches Flight Search For Tablets

Google announced today that it has launched Flight Search for tablet devices. To access it, simply go to google.com/flights from your device. “More and more travelers are using tablets to search for and book travel,” says Google user interface designer Rani Manoharan. “In fact, 46% of all US tablet owners who search for travel, actually purchase via their tablet. We …

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Google Flight Search Comes To Canada

Update (06/06): It’s live now. I guess they just let the post go a day early. The post is also live now. Original Article (06/05): It looks like Google is launching Flight Search in Canada in both English and in French. The company announced this in a blog post on the ITA Software blog, but the post is currently not …

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Google Flight Search Goes International

In September, Google launched Flight Search, the fruit of its acquisition of ITA Software. It was a standalone service, but then Google integrated it right into search results in December. Until now, it has been U.S. only – meaning only flights within the U.S. While the starting point still needs to be U.S., it is now including international flights. “Starting …

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Google Powers Flight Reservations For Cape Air

As you may know, Google acquired ITA Software last year after a round of regulatory scrutiny and a big stink raised by Google competitors (as they banded together with Google’s arch nemesis Microsoft on the FairSearch Coalition). Last fall, Google launched its Flight Search feature based on the technology from the acquisition. There’s an announcement out from Cape Air today, …

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Google ITA Software Deal Reportedly Just Approved by Federal Judge

Google has had a long regulatory battle trying to get its acquisition of ITA Software approved. In April, it got DoJ approval. Just last month, Google finally launched Flight Search, as it was able to use the technology it acquired from the $700 million purchase. Bloomberg is reporting today, however, that the purchase has only just been approved by a …

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Google Flight Search Launched

After battling the regulatory process and competitors trying to block the deal, Google was finally able to get DoJ approval of its ITA Software acquisition earlier this year, and now today, Google has finally announced flight search, based on the technology. When users search for flight info on Google, they will now see a “Flights” link on the left panel, …

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Google Launches Flight Search Feature (Not Powered by ITA)

Google is now showing which airlines serve particular routes in search results. Google will of course be getting much more into the flight search game now that it has closed the ITA Software acquisition. The company says it is “eager to begin developing new flight search tools”. This particular one, however, does not utilize ITA’s technology. Here’s the kind of …

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Google ITA Deal – FairSearch Coalition’s Response

When the announcement came out regarding the Department of Justice’s approval of Google’s acquisition of ITA Software (with certain stipulations), we included a brief statement from FairSearch on the subject. FairSearch is an organization made up mainly of travel sites, which was designed to see the ITA acquisition blocked. It also counts Google’s arch-nemesis Microsoft among its members. Now, they’ve …

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Google ITA Software Acquisition Gets DoJ Approval

The U.S. Department of Justice has approved Google’s acquisition of ITA Software, which provides a solution for flight information used by numerous travel sites, and has been the subject of a great deal of controversy related to competition. There are some stipulations, however. The DoJ said: …in order for Google Inc. to proceed with its proposed acquisition of ITA Software …

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American Antitrust Institute Discusses Google ITA Deal

The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) has stated the proposed acquisition of ITA Software by Google may be "straining the boundaries of antitrust analysis, but serious consideration of a challenge is warranted."

The organization has issued a White Paper discussing this.  

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More Lawmakers Express Concerns Over Google-ITA Deal

The passage of time doesn’t seem to be working in Google’s favor when it comes to the company’s proposed acquisition of ITA Software.  More than six months after the deal was announced, three additional lawmakers have decided that extra scrutiny is needed.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, Representative Howard Coble, and Representative Thomas Petri all wrote to Assistant Attorney General Christine Varney to express their concerns.  They didn’t entirely condemn the arrangement, but the mere existence of their letters is a bad enough sign.

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Google and FairSearch Argue ITA Acquisition on TV

As you may know, Google is trying to acquire ITA Software, but it has faced various hurdles, mainly led by a coalition called FairSearch, made up of travel sites. Now, the Department of Justice is looking at the deal. 

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Microsoft and Others Join FairSearch Fight Against Google (Update: Google Responds)

Update: Adam Kovacevich, Google Sr. Manager, Global Communications and Public Affairs offered us the following statement:

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FairSearch Asks Congress, DOJ To Challenge Google-ITA Deal

Whether you agree or disagree with its cause, FairSearch, the organization that exists for the sole purpose of stopping Google’s acquisition of ITA Software, deserves credit for its resolve.  Today, FairSearch addressed letters to every member of Congress, asking them to contact the Department of Justice.

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Google, FairSearch Play Tug-Of-War With Analyst’s Comments

Neither Google nor the FairSearch coalition is close to backing down when it comes to the search giant’s proposed acquisition of ITA Software.  Today, Google attempted to highlight an analyst’s comments in support of the deal, and FairSearch fired right back by stressing the same analyst’s doubts.

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Another Video Paints Google and Eric Schmidt as Creepy

If you have a beef with Google’s actions, the trendy thing to do these days appears to be making a video about it, and using Eric Schmidt quotes and likenesses, making them as creepy as possible. 

The latest such video comes from FairSearch.org. This is an organization that refers to itself as, "a group of businesses united in support of a healthy Internet future, where greater consumer choice and economic growth are driven by competition, transparency and innovation in online search."

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Travel Firms Band Together Against Google-ITA Deal

Google’s $700 million acquisition of ITA Software has just hit another obstacle.  Several high-profile travel companies have banded together to form "the FairSearch.org coalition" and ask the U.S. Department of Justice to challenge the deal.

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Google Draws New Round of Scrutiny Over ITA Deal

Even before an acquisition was announced, talks between Google and ITA software were causing a stir in the travel industry. Once Google announced its intent to acquire the company at the beginning of July for $700 million, plenty of talk about regulatory obstacles ensued.

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Report: Tough Review Of Google-ITA Deal Likely

Five days ago, Google and ITA Software announced that they’d reached a "definitive agreement" covering an acquisition.  Only – if you hadn’t already guessed – it looks like a government agency may have a thing or two to say, as a new report indicates that antitrust regulators will take a close look at the transaction.

The main concern is that Google might eventually withhold flight data (which ITA provides) from its search rivals (Bing is one ITA customer).  The search giant’s only promised to honor existing agreements so far.

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Google Announces $700 Million Acquisition of ITA Software

Google announced that it has signed an acquisition agreement with ITA Software. Reports of talks surrounding such an acquisition were revealed in April, but talk heated up again this week, mostly regarding issues of concern expressed by many in the travel industry.

Marissa Mayer, Google’s VP, Search Products & User Experience, has now posted to the Official Google Blog that an agreement has been signed. She writes:

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Report: Google Discussing $1B Travel Acquisition

Even as news of Google’s acquisition of Agnilux is still making its way around the Web, another Google acquisition may be in the works, and this one would be pretty huge, according to a new report.  Google’s supposedly in talks to buy travel software specialist ITA Software for $1 billion.

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