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Expedia leads $30M deal in hotel search startup Room 77

Expedia is leading a $30.3 million investment in Room 77, an online travel startup whose search service is designed to help people find the perfect hotel room. Though based in Mountain View, California, Room 77 has multiple connections to the Seattle online travel industry. Other investors in the company include Expedia founder and Zillow Chairman… Read More

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Priceline acquires Kayak for $1.8 billion

Priceline.com Inc. announced today the acquisition of fellow travel website Kayak. Priceline paid approximately $500 million of the consideration in cash and $1.3 billion in equity and stock options. This is big news for Bellevue-based travel giant Expedia, who will now have to compete against a stronger and more robust Priceline. In its earnings report released last… Read More

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Expedia shares soar 13% as profits beat expectations

Shares of Expedia jumped more than 13 percent as the Bellevue online travel company reported stronger revenue and profits than analysts expected in part buoyed by hotel room sales in Asia-Pacific and Europe. (Stock price has been updated). Revenue grew 17 percent to $1.19 billion, while adjusted net income increased four percent to $188 million,… Read More

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App of the Week: FlightTrack goes free with useful little app

Lots of frequent flyers are familiar with the premium FlightTrack apps, which offer a bunch of advanced features, such as calendar syncing, multiple flight tracking and SeatGuru integration, in addition to the ability to track the status of commercial flights. But what if you just want the basics without paying anything? Mobiata, the Expedia company… Read More

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Zillow unveils new search tool ‘Compare’

Deciding whether to make a move or not might just be easier with this — real estate site Zillow launched a new feature called Compare, a search tool that lets users look at two different housing markets, side by side. It works like this: Users plug in two locales — compare regions, cities, even neighborhoods… Read More

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Ex-Expedia CEO wants to make the world laugh with new iPhone app Dinamundo

Erik Blachford helped build Expedia into one of the world’s largest online travel agencies, helping people from distant lands connect with one another. Now, the former CEO is looking to bring people together with a different approach: humor. Blachford just launched a new iPhone app called Dinamundo, which he said encourages face-to-face connections to share a… Read More

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Expedia sees room nights rocket 24% year-over-year

That hotel room you booked in Cabo may have just helped pay for office space in Bellevue. Expedia has released its financial results for the first quarter of 2012. And perhaps in an indication of how the broader travel industry is recovering from the depths of the recession, the Bellevue-based company highlighted that room nights booked… Read More

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Expedia shares slump after revenue grows by seven percent in Q4

Shares of Expedia fell more than seven percent in after hours trading after the Bellevue online travel company reported fourth-quarter and year-end results that disappointed Wall Street. Marketing, administrative and technology expenses all rose during the fourth quarter, a period in which Expedia spun off its TripAdvisor unit into a separate company. Selling and marketing… Read More

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Chart: Who pays the most in Seattle for software engineers

Steve Ballmer was right. It’s all about developers, developers, developers these days. In fact, the market is so hot that companies like Amazon.com, Twitter and Facebook are doing “acqui-hires” — like the one today of TeachStreet — just to gobble up key engineering talent. But that’s not really the norm, and most tech companies are… Read More

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This real estate vet is sick and tired of Trulia and Zillow, and he’s not gonna take it anymore

The battle over online real estate listings is starting to heat up again. Jim Abbott, president of the Abbott Realty Group and a 20-year real estate veteran in San Diego, recently announced plans to pull listings from Trulia, Realtor.com, Zillow and other online real estate sites. In a YouTube video announcing the plan (posted below),… Read More

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Expedia Worldwide president Scott Durchslag departs

Scott Durchslag has resigned as president of Expedia Worldwide after just 13 months on the job. Durchslag previously worked as chief operating officer of Skype and corporate vice president at Motorola. The departure from the online travel giant is somewhat surprising in part because Durchslag just last month was an active participant in Expedia’s media day…. Read More

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Is Google playing unfair in online travel?

One of the big fears over Google’s purchase earlier this year of ITA Software was that the search giant would favor its own travel search results when consumers were looking to purchase tickets. Now, that fear is becoming a reality. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal today, Google is now showcasing its… Read More

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TripAdvisor takes flight from Expedia as a $4 billion company

After months of preparation, Expedia is finally waving goodbye to TripAdvisor. The companies announced today that they’ve successfully split operations, with TripAdvisor becoming an independent publicly-traded company on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol TRIP. “This is a truly exciting time for TripAdvisor, and we are eager to continue to innovate on behalf of our… Read More

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Former Expedia execs unveil Fitropolis, a guide for gym rats

Maybe it’s because of the growing obesity problem in the U.S. Or, perhaps, cubicle-bound techies just want to spend their free time thinking about ways to get healthier. Whatever the reason, I’ve seen a huge boom in startup ideas in what’s best described as the “health 2.0″ space this year. On Monday, for example, I… Read More

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Expedia shareholders approve TripAdvisor spin-off

Expedia shareholders have approved the spin-off of TripAdvisor, the online travel review site. The deal — expected to occur on December 20th — will be preceded by a one-for-two reverse stock split of Expedia stock immediately prior to the spin-off. TripAdvisor, which will be based in Newton, Massachusetts, is expected to begin trading on the… Read More