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.

>> Uber is starting off 2015 similar to how it ended 2014:  China Likes E-Hail Apps But Bans Unlicensed Services Like Uber From Operating

>> This was preceded by Priceline and OpenTable: TripAdvisor Goes on a Dining Reservations Binge With Acquisition of Iens

>> Skift talked to Skiplagged’s founder this week, who thinks he brings a fresh approach to “market efficiency” with hidden city itineraries:  Interview With Hidden City Startup Founder: Is He Naive or an Innovator?

>> The selfie stick is still more common outside the U.S.: The Selfie Stick Debate Plays Out at Tourist Hot Spots

>> Marriott is claiming that its plans are misunderstood: Marriott Wi-Fi Jamming Plans Resoundingly Opposed by the Public

>> The issue of Wi-Fi blocking isn’t a hotels-only debate: Gogo’s In-Flight Wi-Fi Certificate Issue Is Attempt to Block Unauthorized Streaming

>> There’s always talk that the Priceline Group and HomeAway would make for a great merger: Priceline CEO Interview: Why It Is in ‘Constant Discussions’ With HomeAway

 

 

Photo Credit: In this Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 photo, Rasul Alekberov holds a selfie stick next to his friend Gudrat Aghayev both tourists from Republic of Azerbaijan while they take a selfie in front of "Burj Khalifa", world's tallest tower in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Selfie sticks have become popular among tourists because you don’t have to ask strangers to take your picture, and you can capture a wide view in a selfie without showing your arm. Kamran Jebreili / Associated Press