Geek of the Week: Software engineer Eli White makes the world his workspace

Software engineers are in high demand, and Eli White had no shortage of opportunities upon graduating from University of Washington in December 2013, after interning at Google and Airbnb, and spending almost two years at Microsoft. His experience also included a wide range of personal projects — including a World of Warcraft bot, light tubes that flashed… Read More

expedia introducing deals

The honeymoon is over: Expedia and Groupon no longer co-branding travel deals

Groupon and Expedia are scaling back a 3-year-old partnership that focused on selling heavily discounted travel deals together. A Groupon spokesman confirmed today that the daily deals company and the online travel agency are no longer co-branding deals through a joint venture launched in the summer of 2011. The travel deals site, which was originally called “Groupon Getaways with… Read More


Expedia buys Australian travel firm for $658M, tamps down ‘inaccurate’ eLong rumors

Expedia is making waves overseas. The Bellevue-based online travel giant announced Monday morning that it plans to buy Australian online travel company Wotif.com for $658 million in cash. Wotif Group operates online travel brands in the Asia-Pacific such as Wotif.com, lastminute.com.au, travel.com.au, Asia Web Direct, LateStays.com, GoDo.com.au and Arnold Travel Technology. Wotif Group recorded $555… Read More


Priceline gobbling up OpenTable for $2.6 billion

The Priceline Group has quite the appetite for acquisitions. Two days after buying Seattle hotel marketing startup Buuteeq, the Norwalk, Conn.-based travel giant announced that it has entered into a deal to buy OpenTable for $103 per share in an all cash deal valued at $2.6 billion. Priceline’s Darren Huston called OpenTable a great match…. Read More

airbnb last minute

Last-minute travel heats up with new mobile offering from Airbnb

Airbnb is experimenting with a new service that will enable the San Francisco company to enter the very crowded field of booking last-minute accommodations over a phone. Starting today, Airbnb will allow travelers to book affordable rooms for rent in people’s homes or luxury vacation houses for the same day. The service is launching today in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and Airbnb says… Read More

A screenshot from Table8's mobile app

Last-minute restaurant reservation service Table8 receives backing from Concur

A new mobile app called Table8 that allows foodies to book last-minute reservations at hard-to-get-into restaurants has raised $4.6 million in fresh funding, including cash from Bellevue-based Concur Technologies’ Perfect Trip Fund. Table8 just recently launched in San Francisco, with restaurant-goers able to pay a fee of $20 or more to slide into open slots… Read More


Expedia posts 19% gain in revenues, cash hoard grows

Shares of Expedia rose Thursday after the Bellevue online travel giant posted a solid first quarter, reporting adjusted net income of $21.5 million on revenues of $1.2 billion. Those results beat analysts’ expectations. The stock was up four percent in regular trading, and inched up another point in after hours. Expedia is up 26 percent… Read More

airbnb office

Airbnb may be worth more than Expedia

Airbnb is reportedly in talks to raise up to $500 million at a $10 billion valuation, which would make it worth slightly more than publicly held Expedia. The six-year-old San Francisco start-up epitomizes the sharing economy, by allowing people to rent out unused rooms in their home — or entire islands and castles — to anyone… Read More


Expedia CEO discusses Google smackdown

Shares of Expedia took a hit last month after SearchEngineLand reported that the Bellevue online travel giant had lost about 25 percent of its search visibility on Google after it was allegedly penalized for paying for links to boost its search ranking. In a conference call last week in which the company reported strong earnings, Expedia… Read More


Shares of Expedia jump as Q4 revenues top $1.1 billion

Expedia, the Bellevue online travel giant, saw its revenue increase 18 percent during the fourth quarter as it showed increases in hotel room nights and improvements in advertising and media revenue. Revenue for the fourth quarter was $1.15 billion, up from $974.9 million in the same period in 2012. Adjusted net income came in at… Read More


Concur invests in Visage to help companies manage mobile devices

Concur is continuing to place bets in startup companies. The latest deal comes today as the Bellevue maker of travel and entertainment expense management software announced a strategic investment in San Francisco-based Visage Mobile, a startup company that’s riding the BYOD (bring your own device) trend. “Our ongoing strategic partnership and new investment in Visage provide Concur customers… Read More


Deal of the day: Travelocity partners with rival Expedia

Travelocity is holding onto its brand. But the guts of the online travel agency, which is owned by travel giant Sabre, are being outsourced to longtime rival Expedia. In a deal that was announced today, Bellevue-based Expedia said that it will power Travelocity’s Web sites in North America, providing the back-end technology. It’s an interesting… Read More

What does this mean?

5 geeky observations from a vacation in Southeast Asia

I saw a lot on my recent trip to Thailand, Cambodia and Singapore. Between the epic temples and beautiful beaches, it was also cool to see how technology is changing halfway across the world. From the countless fake Beats by Dre headphones being sold on the streets to some realizations about in-flight technology, here are… Read More


Expedia’s eLong establishes $100M fund to bankroll mobile travel startups

It’s a good time to be a travel-oriented startup. eLong, the Chinese travel giant that’s partially owned by Expedia, said that it plans to create a $100 million fund to invest in startups developing mobile hotel technologies. “We see an accelerating trend towards mobile hotel bookings, which comprised more than 20% of our hotel room nights in Q2,… Read More