Articles tagged “google”

Uber Settles Waymo Driverless Car Lawsuit for $245 Million

Uber Settles Waymo Driverless Car Lawsuit for $245 Million

Joel Rosenblatt, Bloomberg

Uber likely averted an even bigger toll on the company with this settlement. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi had to untangle this mess, and he will probably be embroiled in undoing other Uber past transgressions over the next couple of years.

2 weeks ago

Google Is One Step Closer to Its User-Centric Vision of Travel Booking

Google Is One Step Closer to Its User-Centric Vision of Travel Booking

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Google is making it easier for travel shoppers to find and use its flight or hotel search through some design changes rolling out in the coming weeks. Watch out, Kayak and Skyscanner. Airlines and hotels will have to pay attention, too.

2 weeks ago

Hotel CEOs Reveal Strategies for Expedia, Google and Airbnb

Hotel CEOs Reveal Strategies for Expedia, Google and Airbnb

Deanna Ting, Skift

As we've noted before, as much as hotels and online travel agencies may not necessarily love one another, they certainly need each other. Their current love-hate relationship will certainly change, however, if and when other players like Airbnb or Google become bigger players in the hotel booking space.

2 weeks ago

Waymo Lawsuit Against Uber Enters Spotlight as Trial Begins

Waymo Lawsuit Against Uber Enters Spotlight as Trial Begins

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press

Waymo has provided evidence that allegedly shows that one of its employees stole trade secrets and brought them along with him to Uber. The trial could represent another black mark on Uber's reputation.

2 weeks ago

Travel Megatrends 2018: Google’s Product-Led Vision Is Bearing Fruit

Travel Megatrends 2018: Google’s Product-Led Vision Is Bearing Fruit

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Little can stop Google Flights and Hotels from continuing to take market share because of Google’s speedy response time, enhanced focus on user experience, and position as a dominant search engine — except the looming threat of regulation.

2 weeks ago

The Megatrends Defining Travel in 2018

The Megatrends Defining Travel in 2018

Hannah Sampson, Skift

From brands as experience platforms to strategic mergers, diversity messaging and beyond: These are the Megatrends in travel we're watching closely in 2018.

1 month ago

Google Travel Feeling Intensified Antitrust Pressure

Google Travel Feeling Intensified Antitrust Pressure

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Might 2018 be the year U.S. regulators take a hard look anew at Google's travel-business practices after declining to take action in 2012? We hope so, in the interests of fair play, although the Trump Administration has been keen to reduce government regulation of businesses, not increase it.

2 months ago

Google Hotels Ads Could Make Gains With Chain Loyalty Rates

Google Hotels Ads Could Make Gains With Chain Loyalty Rates

Luke Bujarski, Skift Research

The big chains now offer special book-direct deals through Google Hotel Ads. This helps with click-through and conversions, but also with new loyalty member acquisition — everything a growing hotel chain needs in an ad partner.

2 months ago

New Skift Research Report: A Deep Dive Into the Google Travel Ecosystem 2018

New Skift Research Report: A Deep Dive Into the Google Travel Ecosystem 2018

Luke Bujarski, Skift Research

Without question, Google will continue to aggressively grow its multi-billion dollar advertising business by securing stronger direct relationships with both the supplier and the traveler.

2 months ago

Google Trips Takes a Baby Step Into Tours, Activities and Car Rental Offers

Google Trips Takes a Baby Step Into Tours, Activities and Car Rental Offers

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Tours-and-activities startups will be eager to see if in-destination apps from giants such as Google, Airbnb, and TripAdvisor will succeed in providing cost-effective customer leads.

2 months ago

Are Hotels and Online Travel Agencies Colluding on Keyword Bidding?

Are Hotels and Online Travel Agencies Colluding on Keyword Bidding?

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The largest hotel chains and online travel agencies have deals on paid search marketing practices that effectively trim their ad spend on Google. But smaller players remain unprotected from tough marketing tactics.

2 months ago

Google Hotels Revamps Mobile Features as Its Ambitions Expand

Google Hotels Revamps Mobile Features as Its Ambitions Expand

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Google wants consumers to buy more travel on it. That may prompt industry players to closely patrol the gray line between the search giant referring more customers to them and Google becoming customers' first choice for booking trips.

3 months ago