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Google Focuses on Artificial Intelligence

As Far as the Eye Can Reach: Google Focuses on Artificial Intelligence

At the Google I/O developer conference that took place in mid-May, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced to around 7,000 guests nothing less than a change of course towards artificial intelligence. But the company’s objectives remain virtually unchanged: to collect data and win over new customers.

The topic dominating the conference: intelligence, or more specifically, artificial intelligence (AI). With the help of AI, devices will understand their users in the future even better than before, making their lives much easier. Continue reading 

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1,001 New Google Street View Destinations and a Living Lamp

Google just added 1,001 destinations to Street View. That’s a huge number, especially when you think of all the transportation options Google Street View used to capture amazing pictures of the world.

In total they today have five different ways to digitize the world. Unfortunately, India is still missing in this puzzle but, however, you at least can find a man in a lamp and some other quirky scenes…

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Market Watch: Google and the Travel Industry

Internet has revolutionized the way in which people plan and book travel. Travelers became more comfortable with the idea of doing their own research and travel arrangements without travel agents.

According to Michael Strauss, CEO of PASS Consulting Corporation, in 2010, “already more than half of the bookings are being made online in EMEA as well as in North America”. The latest figures from a report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc estimate that the online travel will reach US$533.8 billion by 2018.
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Department of Justice To Allow Google-ITA-Deal

Almost 10 months ago Google proposed to buy ITA for about $700 million. However, it took much time and many public battles with opponents of the acquisition such as Fairsearch until the DOJ made its decision and finally allowed the Google-ITA-Deal. Google has to comply with several restrictions though.

To ensure fair competition Google has to continue to license ITA’s QPX software to competitors, to fund research and development of ITA’s QPX software and to further develop and offer ITA’s next generation InstaSearch product to travel websites. Continue reading 

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Kayak To Establish Direct Hotel Bookings

They entered a white-label partnership with the Travelocity Partner Network. The Travelocity Partner Network which interestingly is not part of Kayak’s metasearch results will be the merchant of records and thus functions as the travel agent.

Since it is not an exclusive deal, Kayak can bring in other partner and might also extend its direct booking offers to flights or car rentals.

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Bing Uses Kayak For Its Travel Metasearch – Another Chapter In The Google-ITA Story

As reported by Tnooz, Kayak and Microsoft’s Bing will enter a strategic alliance. This is remarkable for two reasons: First, Kayak and Bing used to be – and in a way still are- competitors and second, this alliance is directly connected with the Google-ITA deal that still is being investigated by the Department of Justice.

Starting in a few weeks Kayak, the leading metasearch site, will power Bing’s metasearch for flights. Most likely other services will follow. Kayak could for example supply Bing’s hotel search which is currently sponsored by Orbitz. Bing plans to use Kayak’s search results as a basis for new innovative travel search offers, such as autosuggest solution, price predictor, rate indicator and Flight Answers.
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RIM, Nokia And The Fight For Market Shares

Ever since Google and Apple entered the market, well-established manufacturers of mobile phones struggle to keep their market shares. In order to survive in the market, RIM and Nokia take different approaches to differentiate themselves from the competition.

To strengthen its position among business travelers, one of its main target groups, Research in Motion, the company behind BlackBerry, has just launched a new travel app called Blackberry Travel. Continue reading 

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Google Expands Hotel Offers

Hotel offers on Google Maps have been around for quite a while now, but only for a limited number of advertisers. However, the company announced it would expand its pay-per-click Hotel pricing ads in Google Maps.

Considering Google’s ITA-acquisition, it is interesting to see how they foster their travel-related services. Although it is too early to say what this will ultimately mean for the travel industry, it’s definitely worth taking a closer look.

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Google-ITA Deal: Background, Forecast, Analysis Of Current Situation

Quite a while ago Google proposed its acquisition of technology provider ITA for $ 700 million. This caused turmoil in the industry and led to an investigation by the Department of Justice to find out if this acquisition violates antitrust law.

Since experts assume that there will be a judgement soon, it is time to review all the facts, analyze the current situation and the implications this acquisition might have for the travel industry. Continue reading 

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Travel Industry Experts Predicting Trends For 2011

Much has happened in 2010: Airlines such as AA have started pulling their content off the GDSs to foster their own direct connections, Google has acquired ITA and mobile apps were omnipresent, just to mention a few things. Now, with less than two weeks left in this year, Tnooz has asked industry experts what they believe will be the major travel industry trends in 2011. And they made some very interesting predictions.

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Google vs. Facebook – Who Will Be The Future No.1 In The Internet?

Google for a long time seemed to be the undisputed champion when it comes to search on the internet. It successfully put rivals such as Yahoo and Microsoft out of the market, becoming the leading search engine in the world. But search is not where Google makes its money; it’s advertising that accounts for the biggest part in Google’s overall revenues.

So even if they are the dominant search engine, the “real war” is about advertising revenues and it is not decided yet: Even though Google’s advertising revenues were about $7 billion in Q3 2010 which is much higher than Facebook’s estimated ad revenues of about $ 1.3 billion a year, with 23.1% in Q3 2010 Facebook has the biggest share in the market for display ad impressions. Continue reading 

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Google Raises Salaries By 10 Percent

As reported by wired.com, Google awarded all its employees with a 10% pay raise. In times of economic recession and a troubled world economy this is a very remarkable decision that comes with a huge price tag for Google.

What could be the reasons behind this bold decision? From a business point-of-view this move is interesting, because it shows that Google tries very hard to keep its talented workers and to prevent them from quitting their jobs at Google and start their own businesses or move to other, competing companies like Facebook, Twitter etc. Continue reading 

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Google and Apple as Travel Revolutionists?

Apple has been reportedly working on an NFC-based (Near Field Communications) iPhone application called iTravel enabling airline check-in and baggage identification, advanced electronic ID, car rentals, hotel and airline reservations, etc.

After Google also announced in April to be in negotiations to acquire ITA Software there seem to be signs for a revolution in the travel sector. It seems like these giants of digital business want to conquer the travel market, however, in somewhat different ways. Continue reading 

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Cloud Computing as an Opportunity for Big Changes in Travel Technology? (Part I)

With Google recently announcing the rollout of their long rumored and unofficially called “GDrive”, an extension of Google Docs which enables users to upload, store, organize and access any type of file virtually, the discussion about cloud computing, (which lately was already gathering dust), becomes worth talking about again.

In combination with shared folders, Google provides users with the ability of secure and easy collaboration on online files by storing them in the cloud. Its forerunner Google Wave already changes the direction away from people thinking, ‘This is my PC, and this is my hard drive,‘ to ’this is how I interact with the web. Continue reading