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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.

>> Expedia CEO dishes about his tenure at the company: Interview: Expedia’s Comeback CEO on What It Will Take To Win

>> Metasearch sites are at a disadvantage when it comes to owning the customer experience: Travel Metasearch Is Missing One Big Thing: Good Data

>> TripAdvisor really doesn’t want to become an online travel agency: The One Big Reason TripAdvisor Didn’t Acquire Orbitz

>> Yelp has been a frequent critic of Google: Yelp CFO: We Will Win Despite Google Roadblocks

>> A growing number of attractions say “let’s NOT take a selfie:” The New Selfie Stick Bans at Attractions Around the World

>> HomeAway should be careful what it wishes for in a potential Airbnb IPO: HomeAway CEO Challenges Airbnb to Do Initial Public Offering

>> Buckle up because 2015 is looking like it will be a very active year in mergers and acquisitions among online travel companies: Expedia Makes $270 Million Dollar Investment in Latin America’s Decolar

>> Six travel apps are listed as coming soon to the Apple Watch store: All the Apple Watch Travel Apps Ready for Launch

>> Skift looked at what “deep linking” means for travel brands: As Travel Apps Proliferate, Smarter Integrations Begin to Emerge

>> Meerkat has the early promise to make live video broadcasting dead-simple: What Travel Brands Need to Know About Meerkat, the Hottest Social App Right Now

>> A great overview of the online travel sector in India: The State of Online Travel Startups in India

Photo Credit: TripAdvisor CFO Julie Bradley believes that Expedia's acquisition of Orbitz Worldwide could turn out to be a good thing for TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor