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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 Evercore report shows that the commission model in vacation rentals will face much resistance: How The Vacation Rental Land Grab Stacks Up: HomeAway Vs. Priceline Vs. Airbnb

>> Startups now tend to shy away from the traditional tech and economic hubs: Interview: How Startup Communities Impact Urban Travel

>> Adding live streaming capabilities to drone videos ups the ante for savvy travel brands: New Drones Stream Live Travel Videos in Real Time

>> Travel brands need to be cautious about the volume of notifications that they’re pushing to users: Skyscanner Tests Periscope in Hopes of Kickstarting Travel Inspiration

>> Travel + Leisure is the latest travel media to undergo a redesign: First Look at Travel + Leisure’s Revamped Magazine and Website

>> Most look better but the clutter hasn’t completely disappeared: What Top Travel Sites Looked Like Five Years Ago

>> We’re waiting to see if the hype was worth the wait, too: All the Apple Watch Hotel and Airline Apps (So Far)

>> This “revolution” only started a couple of years ago: The End of Travel, Part 2: Tech Innovations Behind the Rise of Smart Mobility

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