Google flight search breaks vow, Expedia says

"Google Inc. is breaking a promise it made to antitrust regulators who approved its purchase of ITA Software Inc. this year by ranking its new flight information service ahead of competitors, according to Expedia Inc.

Google, which introduced its own flight search service Sept. 13, “excludes any link to online travel agencies, which are key options for comparison shopping,’’ according to testimony by Tom Barnett, Expedia’s outside counsel, prepared for delivery today at a Senate Judiciary antitrust subcommittee hearing on Google’s business practices on the Internet."

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Lodging Interactive Publishes HotelCast2.0 Podcast Archive

Lodging Interactive, an award winning Interactive and Social Media Marketing Agency exclusively servicing the hospitality industry, today announced it has published its HotelCast 2.0 archive of Interactive Marketing podcasts for hoteliers. Lodging Interactive has recorded and produced over 50 marketing podcasts since 2007 and has made them available to the hospitality industry.

“We first started our HotelCast 2.0 podcasts in 2007 as a free and informative service for hoteliers and hospitality marketers,” stated DJ Vallauri, Lodging Interactive’s Founder & CEO. “Since then our HotelCast 2.0 podcasts have been downloaded over 75,000 times.”
 
The Lodging Interactive HotelCast 2.0 podcast can be heard online or downloaded into iTunes and iPods.

 >> Listen to Lodging Interactive HotelCast 2.0 podcasts <<

“The intent of our quarterly HotelCast 2.0 podcasts is to reach out to hoteliers with the latest interactive and social media marketing information that has a direct impact on day-to-day business. Online and social media marketing are evolving quickly and staying informed is crucial for hotel operators,” added Mr. Vallauri.

Google acquires Zagat, strikes a major blow against Yelp

"Google has bought  Zagat, the popular restaurant reviews service. The search giant announced the news on its company blog today and said users will immediately start seeing Zagat’s content integrated in Google searches and Google Maps."

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