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Every week we post hundreds of stories across various sectors in travel, connecting the dots across various global trends, and in these weekend posts we highlight the stories that tackle these trends. This one looks at top digital trends.

For all of our trends roundups, go here

>> The smaller metasearch brands are ok, but not TripAdvisor: Priceline and Expedia Boycott TripAdvisor Bookings, But Play With Others

>> Rail booking is getting attention: Investor Interest Grows for Startups Looking to Simplify Rail Booking

>> Some aren’t as obvious: 10 Most Instagrammed Places of 2014

>> Being good friends with Baidu definitely pays: In China’s Online Travel Race, Qunar Is Growing the Fastest

>> The selfie is big for travel and bigger for the selfie stick: The Short History of the Fast-Selling Selfie Stick

>> Banks dangle lots of incentives in front of writers: The Blurring Ethical Lines Between Credit Card Companies and Travel Writers

Photo Credit: Qunar's mobile revenue now account for 40.4% of total revenue. Pictured is Qunar's iPhone app. Qunar