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Mapping out the travel industry: Why people are vacationing more today

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In our latest iPad Magazine issue, we asked five travel-savvy entrepreneurs in the Young Entrepreneurs Council about the evolving travel landscape, both in the US and beyond. Check out their answers to the following question below! Do you think people are traveling more or less today than ever before? Why?...
Mapping out the travel industry: Why people are vacationing more today

Facebook Did Not Confirm Hyper-Local Mobile Ad Product, But Here’s How It Would Target You

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Facebook may one day let advertisers target mobile users based on their exact current location, but VP Carloyn Everson did not confirm that such a product is in the works to Bloomberg, Facebook tells me. The New York media company misinterpreted statements from Everson, who merely said you could imagine...
Facebook Did Not Confirm Hyper-Local Mobile Ad Product, But Here’s How It Would Target You

Unless you go mobile, your online travel business will be dead in five years

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The online travel industry is not only about search these days. The world is increasingly social and mobile – think smart-phones, tablets, e-readers – and the number of tech-savvy consumers is rising. Social and mobile are not going away, so, now more than ever, travel companies must keep pace. Understanding , influencing...
Unless you go mobile, your online travel business will be dead in five years
Startup Spotlight: DealScoopr scours your social network to find cheap airfare

Fashion Site Gilt Puts Jetsetter up for Sale

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Gilt Groupe Inc. has put its Jetsetter unit up for sale and is seeking as much as $50 million for the luxury travel site, a person familiar with the effort said. The Internet-based fashion company has been pitching Jetsetter to other online travel companies, private equity firms and other players...
Fashion Site Gilt Puts Jetsetter up for Sale
Markets: Summer Travel Season Pushes Kayak Into IPO Waters
Rising from the dotcom ashes, Autotrader files for $300M IPO

HotelTonight's Mobile-Only Booking App Now Covering 50 Destinations

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While online travel companies like Orbitz are claiming that 20 percent or more of their hotel bookings are coming from mobile, here’s one company that has all of its revenue coming from mobile: HotelTonight, which allows consumers to find last minute-deals through an app, says it has reached three million...
HotelTonight's Mobile-Only Booking App Now Covering 50 Destinations

Facebook roundup: Sponsored Stories settlement, mobile ads, FBX and more

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Facebook notifies class action suit members about settlement – Facebook began sending proposed settlement notices to users it believes are members of a class action lawsuit that entitles them to up to $10 in compensation. The suit, which claimed Facebook unlawfully used members’ names and photos in Sponsored Story advertisements,...
Facebook roundup: Sponsored Stories settlement, mobile ads, FBX and more

Online travel sales top $100B for the first time: Expedia remains out in front

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No wonder that Expedia’s stock has been soaring — up more than 90 percent in the past year and one of the top performers in Seattle tech for 2012. A new report out from comScore indicates that U.S. travel e-commerce hit $103 billion last year — the first time it...
Online travel sales top $100B for the first time: Expedia remains out in front

Facebook's new vertical by vertical approach to building marketing solutions

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Facebook’s latest Collections posts with “Want” and “Collect” buttons for users to add products to wishlists on their Timelines are a promising new opportunity for retailers. It reflects the social network’s new approach to building marketing products that serve specific verticals. At the IAB Mixx Conference in New York last...
Facebook's new vertical by vertical approach to building marketing solutions

Walk Score tool measures neighborhood access for restaurants, schools, coffee shops

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How many coffee shops are within a 20-minute walking distance radius in downtown Seattle? What about grocery stores? Restaurants? Walk Score‘s new ChoiceMaps tool can answer those questions and more. The Seattle-based company that promotes walkable neighborhoods debuted the neighborhood analytics product today, which helps users measure access and depth of...
Walk Score tool measures neighborhood access for restaurants, schools, coffee shops
30 billion times a day, Google runs an ad (13 million times, it works)

How I launched Hipmunk in an industry I initially knew nothing about

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Neither Steve Huffman or I knew much about the travel business when we started Hipmunk together in June 2010. We figured we’d be able to get flight data from any number of places—perhaps by “scraping” it off of other sites, and then linking customers to those sites to book their...
How I launched Hipmunk in an industry I initially knew nothing about

Startup vet Tony Wright thinks big with Tomo, a mobile app to aid ‘on-the-ground’ travelers

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Tony Wright Over the years, Seattle entrepreneur Tony Wright has learned a few things about what he likes and doesn’t like about startup companies. And what it boils down to is something he terms “give-a-fuckness” — or in other (more PG) words something that really matters. “I get excited by...
Startup vet Tony Wright thinks big with Tomo, a mobile app to aid ‘on-the-ground’ travelers

Patent troll stalks travel site Hipmunk

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Hipmunk’s quest to “take the agony out of travel planning” has won plaudits from users and the media and earned the start-up a new $15 million investment. Now, a patent troll wants Hipmunk to give it a piece of the action. Just days after Hipmunk’s June funding announcement, a company...
Patent troll stalks travel site Hipmunk

Florida appeals court hands victory to Expedia, other travel companies over lodging tax

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Expedia and other online travel companies won a crucial decision this week when the The First District Court of Appeals in Florida ruled that the travel companies do not have impose hotel occupancy taxes on the services they sell. “Our members maintain the same ambition now as we did prior to litigation:...
Florida appeals court hands victory to Expedia, other travel companies over lodging tax
GateGuru adds last-minute discount car rentals to its newest air travel app

Cratering Search & Display Sectors Drove U.S. Ad Market Into Decline in Q4

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Driven down by big fourth-quarter declines in digital advertising, the total U.S. ad market grew only 0.8 percent for all of 2011, a report released Monday by research firm Kantar Media said. According to Kantar, which is owned by global ad-agency conglomerate WPP, the fourth quarter of 2011 was...
Cratering Search & Display Sectors Drove U.S. Ad Market Into Decline in Q4

Tripl heads to the iPhone/iPad, lets you track your friends' trips with style

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After launching a web app last month for charting your friends’ travels via social media, New York City-based Tripl is today announcing a free new app for the iPhone and iPad. Tripl’s apps are the cure for the staycation blues: they connect to your Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and other...
Tripl heads to the iPhone/iPad, lets you track your friends' trips with style

Online travel: It's going to be bumpy

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A look at the performance of several online-travel companies shows their fates diverging. By Kevin Kelleher, contributor FORTUNE -- The past several years have been sluggish ones for the travel industry, and it's unlikely to get better: Fiscal uncertainty in the U.S., a sovereign debt crisis in Europe, economic slowdown...
Online travel: It's going to be bumpy

Gogobot hits 1 million users, boasting 30 times more traffic than all its competitors

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Travel is a multi-trillion dollar industry, so naturally companies as small as Trippy to as giant as Google all want a piece of the pie. In recent years, travel companies have tried to harness the power of data aggregation along with the social graph to produce powerful travel planning tools. For many,...
Gogobot hits 1 million users, boasting 30 times more traffic than all its competitors

TripAdvisor Files Antitrust Complaint Against Google With EU

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TripAdvisor Inc. filed an antitrust complaint against Google Inc. with European Union regulators, adding a second set of allegations from online travel companies against the world’s largest search-engine operator....
TripAdvisor Files Antitrust Complaint Against Google With EU

Founded By Former Expedia Engineers, Stealthy Travel Startup Hopper Closes $12 Million Series B

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Hopper, a stealthy consumer-facing travel startup in development for nearly five years so far, has closed on a $12 million Series B round of funding to grow its team in Boston. Hootsuite, BuildDirect and Wave Accounting investor OMERS Ventures led the round, and Brightspark Ventures and Atlas Venture participated, bringing Hopper...
Founded By Former Expedia Engineers, Stealthy Travel Startup Hopper Closes $12 Million Series B

Kayak Hoping to Ride the IPO Wave?

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What will be the next tech company to go public after Facebook? That’s an easy one: Kayak.com. The travel search company, which has been putting off its plans to go public for more than a year and a half, is now getting ready to pull the trigger, according to sources....
Kayak Hoping to Ride the IPO Wave?

Expedia, Orbitz, Priceline settle Florida hotel tax case

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Palm Beach County in South Florida has reached a $1.9 million settlement agreement with major online travel companies, including Bellevue-based Expedia Inc, over alleged uncollected bed taxes....
Expedia, Orbitz, Priceline settle Florida hotel tax case

Priceline, TripAdvisor Surge on Q3 Earnings Surprise

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In after-hours trading today, shares of TripAdvisor and Priceline soared after the two online travel companies exceeded expectations for the third quarter. In Q3, Priceline’s profits totaled $596.6 million, or $11.66 a share, on revenue of $1.71 billion. Analysts were expecting $1.66 billion in revenue. And earnings per share, excluding...
Priceline, TripAdvisor Surge on Q3 Earnings Surprise
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