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Path Adds Another Avenue for Mobile Gabfest

Path has hived off its mobile-only messaging service as a standalone app named "Talk," it said Friday. It also ended limits on the number of friends users can communicate with, and announced its purchase of place messaging pioneer TalkTo as it sets itself for growth. The Talk app has a new feature, ...

Google Wallet Takes on PayPal With Gmail Money Transfers

In an effort to boost adoption of Google Wallet, Google this week added features to the service that allow users to send money as a Gmail attachment. The company is also trying to simplify the mobile payment process for consumers and businesses. As a way to market the new features, Google Wallet pay...

Priceline Paddles Off With Kayak

Priceline is picking up the travel search engine Kayak for $1.8 billion in a deal expected to broaden its mobile offerings and help it fend off unwelcome competition from new entrants to the online travel space. Kayak allows consumers to shop and compare prices on multiple travel sites, earning a re...

Delta, American Airlines Fly the Coop on Travel Sites

Delta Airlines has pulled it flights from three travel aggregation sites, including BookIt.com, CheapOAir.com and OneTravel.com. Delta will honor fights that were booked on those sites before its mid-December cutoff. However, Delta did not opt to remove its listings from the travel site Orbitz, whic...

Second Site: Online Accessibility for the Visually Impaired

As the population ages, financial institutions and other service providers will have to learn to adapt their marketing approaches to appeal to a sector that has high disposable income and substantial spending power. In some cases, they will also have physical limitations that will impede online acti...

WEB SITE REVIEW

Priceline Is Weak Sauce for Shatner’s Hype

As I got ready to jump off at the next stop on my whirlwind tour of travel-planning Web sites, I found myself in the grip of something close to excitement. Trying out Priceline.com was going to be a new experience for me as well -- but it already felt familiar, thanks to my beloved William Shatner (...

TECHNOLOGY LAW CORNER

The Front Line of the E-Commerce Tax Battle: Update

There have been three significant developments affecting the tax battles online travel companies have been fighting around the U.S. in recent weeks, and none are positive for the OTC industry. The issue at the heart of these tax controversies is whether the OTCs should be collecting and remitting ho...

TECHNOLOGY LAW CORNER

The Front Line of the E-Commerce Tax Battle, Part 1

On the front line of the e-commerce tax are online travel companies such as Expedia, Hotels.com, Priceline, Travelocity and Orbitz. The issue is whether the OTCs should be collecting hotel room occupancy taxes on the difference in the price between what the OTC pays the hotel operator and the amount...

Priceline, Travelocity, Cingular Pay Small Change to Settle Adware Case

Priceline, Travelocity and Cingular have settled a lawsuit over their secret use of adware Internet software programs as marketing tools filed by New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. As part of the settlement, Priceline, Travelocity and Cingular agreed to pay $35,000, $30,000 and $35,000, r...

Cendant Mulling Sale of Travel Unit

Citing strong interest from multiple potential buyers, Cendant said Monday it is now considering selling its travel services division, which includes the Orbitz and CheapTickets Web sites. The sale of the unit is being mulled along with a previously announced plan to spin off several of its business...

Yahoo Improves Travel Content With Maps, Search

Yahoo is providing full travel planning functionality by uniting its air and hotel search, price comparison, and maps online in a new service called FareChase. Made available this week, it allows users to plan and purchase trips, as well as to share their travel experiences with an online community ...

Keynote Awards Web’s Fastest E-Commerce Performers

Keynote Systems today announced the winners of the 2005 Keynote Performance Awards. Keynote said the annual awards program has two purposes. The first goal is to recognize and honor Web sites across a range of vertical industries. The second goal is to foster an environment of healthy competition am...

Priceline Back in Red as USAi Narrows Loss

Priceline.com said its fast-growing hotel reservations business propped up its first-quarter results and announced it will ask shareholders to approve a reverse stock split to boost its sagging shares. The company posted a loss of $8 million in the first quarter, compared with a profit of nearly $4 ...

Priceline CIO: Let End-Users Control Tools

For pure-play e-commerce firms like Priceline.com, customer service is everything, and the Web site and contact centers offer the company's only chance to do it well. CIO Ron Rose told CRMDaily.com that the mantra of his IT operation -- "the store is always open at Priceline.com" -- is easier to say...

Priceline Plans Layoffs as Air Slump Persists

Casting a shadow over what has become a dot-com turnaround success story, Priceline.com announced it will lay off 15 percent of its workforce and will trim some product lines after a larger-than-expected quarterly loss. Revenue also dropped sharply in the quarter, from $302 million in 2001 to $240 m...

Elon Musk's Dec. 2 action to release The Twitter Files: Approve or Disapprove?
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