All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘travel’

Airbnb Looks To Expand With $112 Million In New Funding

“Community marketplace for unique spaces” Airbnb announced today that it has received $112 million in Series b financing from Andreessen Horowitz, DST Global, and General Catalyst. When you add that to their previous funding, Airbnb now boasts total funding of $119.8 million. According to them, this new funding will be used to “fuel growth, accelerate the hiring of a world-class …

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Groupon and Expedia Join for Groupon Getaways

Daily deals site Groupon has just announced a partnership with online travel company Expedia to bring deals to travel. The service will be called “Groupon Getaways” and will start in the U.S. and Canada with plans to expand to other countries in the near future. Apparently, the travel deals will work the same way as Groupon daily deals. Customers will …

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Ashton Kutcher Invests in Airbnb

Ashton Kutcher continues his expansion into all things internet, as it has just been announced that he has made a significant investment in travel startup Airbnb. Airbnb is an online company that provides travelers the opportunity to ditch the hotel and stay in privately listed locations, from basic to extravagant. Users list their properties for rent and once travelers begin …

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Google ITA Software Acquisition A Done Deal

Last week, Google’s ITA Software acquisition got the greenlight from the Department of Justice, provided certain requirements were honored. Google has now quietly updated its blog post from when that happened with a simple sentence: “Our acquisition of ITA has now closed.” Upon approval, the DoJ said: In order for Google Inc. to proceed with its proposed acquisition of ITA …

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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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Expedia and TripAdvisor to Break Up

Expedia announced that it’s separating from TripAdvisor to form two seaprate companies. This has already been approved by the Board of Directors. Both companies will be publicly traded. TripAdvisor will include domestic and international operations associated with the TripAdvisor Media Group. This includes the TripAdvisor brand, as well as 18 other travel media and advertising brands. Expedia will continue to …

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Bing Attractions Pages Launched for Travel Planning

In keeping with its expansion of travel-related features, Bing has launched new Attractions Pages, and an Attractions Tab as a search option. The feature is designed to be a way to find out more information related to specific tourist attractions for any given location. From the looks of it, they have a lot of attractions to add, but they have …

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Bing Teams with KAYAK For Flight Search

Bing said today it is partnering with online travel site KAYAK for flight search results. Bing said the partnership with KAYAK will allow it to provide a more comprehensive travel search experience. In the coming weeks KAYAK will provide Bing with flight search results from multiple cities, airports and airlines. Going forward, Bing will have access to all of KAYAK’s …

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Bing Puts Flight Prices Right in the Search Box

Bing has introduced flight prices in auto-suggestions. You can simply enter your query, and it will bring up a prediction for what Bing Travel deems the best flight price deal within the next 90 days. 

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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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JetBlue Launches Facebook Deal App

JetBlue Airways has introduced a new app on Facebook called “Go Places” that rewards people with TrueBlue points and discounts so they can earn free trips.

Users will be able to collect points and deals starting today through March1, 2011. Jet Blue says this is the first of a series of promotions it has planned for 2011 on Facebook Places.

 

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