Of course the big news was the Earthquake off the coast of Japan and resulting tsunami. The devastation is complete in some areas. The before and after shots are stunning.
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- I’m putting this atop the list because I thought it was the best piece I read all week. Google developer evangelist Don Dodge Dodge always has some great insights in to what’s happening in the tech sector and particularly start ups. This piece is dead on. There are a lot of tech start ups, but not many cross the finish line. For those of you who think that there’s too much attention paid to Valley start ups with little substance, this post is for you.
- HomeAway files for an IPO to raise an estimated $230M. The move continues the momentum for travel tech in the financial markets. But what makes this a good offering is that it’s a company that actually makes money, generates cash and is only tapping the potential of a highly disorganized sector.
- Last week was ITB/Berlin, the world’s largest travel industry trade show. It was my first time and was overwhelming in its sheer size. Tnooz’s Kevin May highlights some of the facts and trends from some of the presentations at ITB.
- Travelport sells GTA to Kuoni for $720M on the eve of ITB.
- There’s a lot of data out there in the travel industry and getting control of it and turning it into actionable information is a challenge. This article of by the CTO of Comtec begins to paint the picture.
- Pretty much as expected, Adobe has semi-capitulated to Apple and has released a Flash-to-HTML5 converter. Now this is not saying that Adobe is giving up on Flash, nor is to say that other mobile device makers won’t still be hawking their ability to play Flash as a competitive advantage to Apple. But at least if you’ve made an investment to Flash as a development platform, you’re no longer held hostage to it as a technology any longer.
- There was a very public spat between Verifone and mobile payment start up Square over security. I think it’s a testament to Square’s value prop and the amount of money on the table that Verifone called them out.
- HomeAway takes a step towards taking online payments for rentals. If only that was in place when I booked my summer vacation in Cape Cod last month via HomeAway.
- It looks like Google Maps’ new hotel pricing may provide fast results, but does speed count if the quality of the results isn’t there? RockCheetah’s Robert Cole gets right to the point: “Google will certainly get clicks for hotels instead of customers going to intermediaries,” Cole says, adding, however, that conversion rates may be “a totally different dynamic.”
- Pegasus Solutions launches its MetaSearch Services product, extending the hotel metasearch to all 90,000 hotels that the company provides distribution services to.