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MakeMyTrip sues EaseMyTrip for ‘unfair’ use of Google ad-word

Online travel firm MakeMyTrip has sued rival EaseMyTrip in the Delhi high court for trademark infringement through its use of Google ad-words, the Times of India reported. MakeMyTrip claimed the company unfairly bid for the ‘makemytrip’ ad-word to come out on top of Google search... ...
Tags: Advertising, Google, MakeMyTrip, News, Travel, Court, EaseMyTrip


Google launches hotel search site: "This could undermine OTAs" | By Lily McIlwain

Google has launched a full destination search site for hotel listings in a move that could seriously shake up online travel - again.
Tags: Travel, Google, Lily McIlwain


Morphin instantly Deepfakes your face into GIFs

Want to star in your favorite memes and movie scenes? Upload a selfie to Morphin, choose your favorite GIF, and your face is grafted in to create a personalized copy you can share anywhere. Become Tony Stark as he suits up like Iron Man. Drop the mic like Obama, dance like Drake, or slap your mug on Fortnite characters. Now after three years in a stealth developing image mapping technology, Morphin is ready to launch its put-you-in-a-GIF maker. While it might look like just a toy, investors see ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Social, Startups, TC, Apps, Elon Musk, Media, Entertainment, Obama, Fifa, Gifs, Drake, BetaWorks, Kanye, Founders Fund


European Commission slaps Google with €1.49 billion for violating EU anti-trust rules

The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion, or 1.29% of Google’s turnover in 2018, for breaching EU antitrust rules. The commission said that Google abused its market dominance by placing restrictions on third-party websites which prevented Google’s rivals from placing ads... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mobile, News, Internet, Eu, European Commission, Anti-trust


Google fined €1.49BN in Europe for antitrust violations in search ad brokering

The European Commission has just announced another antitrust fine for Google . The latest fine — €1.49BN (~$1.7BN) — relates to its search ad brokering business, which involves Google selling advertising space related to searches carried out on third party websites. Speaking at a press conference, EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the search giant — “by far the biggest” search ad broker in the region, with its AdSense platform taking a share in Europe of “well above 70% si...
Tags: Travel, Google, TC, Europe, Advertising Tech, Elizabeth Warren, Eu, Policy, Commission, European Commission, Antitrust, Adsense, Google Shopping, Margrethe Vestager, Qwant, Vestager


Iberostar Launches Voice Bookings with ‘Google Assistant’

Iberostar Hotels & Resorts has launched an innovative option enabling guests to book rooms through voice commands thanks to an integration with Google Assistant. This is a major step forward for customers, who, from now on, will be able to explore this option from their assistant-enabled devices using voice search. When a customer says, "Hey Google, I want to book a room at," followed by the name of an Iberostar hotel, its location and the desired dates, Google will provide the details o...
Tags: Travel, Google, Iberostar, IBEROSTAR Hotels Resorts, Iberostar Launches Voice Bookings


“It is unacceptable to treat the internet as an ungoverned space,” Australian PM calls for global tech scrutiny

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for a global crackdown on social media after the New Zealand mosque shooting was live-streamed on Facebook last week. “It is unacceptable to treat the internet as an ungoverned space,” Morrison wrote in a letter to Japan’s prime... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mobile, Facebook, Twitter, Japan, Technology, News, Internet, Australia, Youtube, Social Media, Regulation, Terrorism, New Zealand, Reddit


Election Commission urges “voluntary restraint”; asks FB, Twitter, Google, ShareChat, TikTok and BigoTV to lay down code of ethics for elections

Social media platforms Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter, Google, ShareChat, TikTok and BigoTV and the IAMAI will lay down a code of ethics for election-related operational details by today evening. In a meeting, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora “exhorted the Social Media Organizations, who... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mobile, Facebook, Twitter, Elections, News, Internet, Government, India, Social Media, Regulation, Eci, Misinformation, Election Commission, Fake News


Google testing UPI to onboard offline retailers on Google Pay: report

Google Pay is testing UPI based transactions with unspecified point-of-sale (POS) providers to onboard retail merchants, reports the Economic Times. Currently, Google is running small scale pilots with retail stores, to rollout over the next few months, and gain momentum in this market, the report... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mobile, News, Internet, Commerce, Retail, UPI, Digital Payments, Offline Stores, Digitisation, Google Pay, Economic Times Currently Google


This is Not Your Parent’s Colombia

Posted: 3/14/2019 | March 14th, 2019 Colombia’s troubled past – cartels, paramilitaries, poverty, petty crime — casts a long shadow that still reaches to today. The country is still viewed by many as a place where danger lurks around every corner.* Having grown up hearing stories of Colombian drug lords, kidnappings, murders, and muggings, these ghosts haunted the back of my mind as prepared to visit the country. Was the country going to be safe? Should I bring my electronics? The stories and...
Tags: Travel, Google, Europe, Colombia, United States, South America, Medellin, Bogota, Cartagena, Don, Cali, National Liberation Army, San Agustin, Popayan, United States Colombia, Tatacoa


Word of the week: Invasion

On March 15, a gunman killed at least 50 people and injured another 50 as they gathered in two Christchurch mosques. Minutes before the attacks, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had been emailed a 74-page document, variously called a “manifesto” and a “screed,” purported to have been written by the gunman. In it, the man – a 28-year-old Australian living in New Zealand – denounced immigrants as “invaders.” Hours later, Donald Trump held a ceremony at the White House to mark the firs...
Tags: Travel, Google, UK, Australia, Mexico, White House, US, Sports, United States, Current Affairs, Liverpool, Newcastle, Linguistics, New Zealand, Philip Kaufman, Contests


Call for OTAs to stop ‘brandjacking’ on Google

The UK Bed & Breakfast Association wants a ban on 'brandjacking' of hotel and B&B names on Google by online travel agencies (OTAs).
Tags: Travel, Google, UK Bed Breakfast Association


Save time, increase security: ReviewPro first company to provide direct response to guest reviews on Google and Booking.com

Barcelona, Spain, 18 March 2019: Hoteliers can now respond directly to guest reviews on Google and Booking.com without having to leave the ReviewPro platform, sign-in to another review site, or spend time searching for specific reviews to write a response. This new functionality allows hoteliers to instantly respond to guest reviews.
Tags: Travel, Google, Barcelona Spain


ECI to talk to Google, FB, Twitter, WhatsApp, ShareChat and TikTok India heads about taking down offending content

The Election Commission of India (EC) has asked to meet with Google, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, ShareChat and TikTok’s India heads to talk about taking down content which violates its guidelines during the upcoming elections, reports the Indian Express. It is interesting that the EC has now... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Elections, News, Internet, Government, India, Social Media, Whatsapp, Policy, Content, EC, Google Facebook Twitter, Content Moderation


Prayagraj Ardh Kumbh Mela, 2019

I am not religious. But rivers, mountains, roads and regular people are my favourite. Kumbh is one such event that makes some of these things possible for me. My last Kumbhamela was in 2013. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Meeting people, eating food on the road side and just watching people following1 their faith. I don’t question things there. I just observe. This year’s Kumbh was no different. I was in Kumbh (Prayagraj) for two days, 3rd and 4th of March 2019. Maha Shivratri (4th) is the last holy b...
Tags: Travel, Google, India, Walking, Faith, Uttar Pradesh, Ganga, Maha Shivratri, Kumbh, Shahi Snan, Prayagraj Ardh Kumbh Mela, Kumbhamela, Kumbh Prayagraj


Google's Bad Data Wiped Another Neighborhood Off the Map

Medium's technology publication ran a 3,600-word investigation into a mystery that began when a 66-year-old New York woman Googled directions to her neighborhood, "and found that the app had changed the name of her community..." It's just as well no one contacted Google, because Google wasn't the company that renamed the Fruit Belt to Medical Park. When residents investigated, they found the misnomer repeated on several major apps and websites including HERE, Bing, Uber, Zillow, Grubhub, TripAd...
Tags: Apple, Google, New York, Tech, Airbnb, Buffalo, Tripadvisor, Google Maps, Redfin, Stephens, Pitney Bowes, University at Buffalo, Facebook Microsoft, Medical Park, Fruit Belt, Redfin Monica Stephens


Google removed 2.3B ads in 2018, 58.8M phishing ads; 143K election ads verified in US

Google took down 2.3 billion ads in 2018, which is much fewer than the 3.2 billion ads it removed in 2017, for violating its advertising policies. Google took down 207,000 ads for ticket resellers, 531,000 ads for bail bonds and approximately 58.8 million phishing ads. This year Google focused on... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mobile, News, Internet, India, US, Advertisement, Google Adwords, Google Ads, Political Ads, Fake News, Google Bad Ads Report


This is Not Your Parents’ Colombia

Posted: 3/14/2019 | March 14th, 2019 Colombia’s troubled past – cartels, paramilitaries, poverty, petty crime — casts a long shadow that still reaches to today. The country is still viewed by many as a place where danger lurks around every corner.* Having grown up hearing stories of Colombian drug lords, kidnappings, murders, and muggings, these ghosts haunted the back of my mind as prepared to visit the country. Was the country going to be safe? Should I bring my electronics? The stories and...
Tags: South America, Colombia


Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp Go Down

Facebook was down for 22 hours yesterday, and its sister apps Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger also saw extensive outages. It was unusual in the sense that the four applications are each distinct codebases, but perhaps not suprising as all four share the same massive infrastructure. The joke is that global worker productivity shoots up whenever Facebook goes down, and you would think that Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp and Messenger are nothing more than distractions in our increasingly digi...
Tags: Travel, Google, Verizon, Facebook, Messenger, New York, Technology, Instagram, Social Media, Whatsapp, Facebook Instagram, Downtime, Facebook Amazon Apple, Facebook Instagram WhatsApp, India Brazil Mexico


Google’s new hotel booking tool

Airbnb, Expedia, Trivago , and other travel booking sites have a new competitor. Google has recently launched a hotel booking tool, making it easier than ever to search and book hotels within your Google interface. Once users visit Google’s hotel search and choose a hotel, they are given a list of the cheapest prices offered by various travel booking websites and can book directly on Google, creating a one-stop shop for any hotel booking needs. Photo: Google Much like Google Flights, users ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Hotels, Expedia, All, New Google, Google Hotels


What will Google Hotels mean for online booking sites?

Nearly a decade ago, Google bought travel software company ITA. ITA was the company behind the reservations systems for many major airlines and travel sites such as Kayak, Orbitz, Hotwire and many others. At the time of the acquisition, Google said it wanted to create new kinds of online travel experiences that "solve end user problems" and "look different" from existing tools, according to then Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
Tags: Travel, Google, Google Hotels, ITA ITA, Kayak Orbitz Hotwire


How To Find Melbourne Airport Parking at a Good Distance

The Melbourne airport is one of the major airports in the whole of Australia. It is the gateway to the rest of Australia, Asia and the Pacific, and even the whole world. Because of its size, its parking area is also understandably large; however, it can get full, too. If you plan on taking your car with you when you travel, make it a habit to plan your parking options as early as you can to make your schedule as hassle-free as possible. Here’s how you can find a car park easily around Melbourne ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Sponsored, Australia, Melbourne, Pacific, Melbourne Airport, Australia Asia, Long Term Car Parks


Best travels apps in 2019

Whether you’re a frequent flyer for work or taking off on the trip of a lifetime, apps can make your travels a lot easier. There are apps to help you pack, keep track of itineraries, keep in touch with folks back home, and even to help your fitness goals as you go. Here are nine must-have travel apps in 2019. 1. Track your travel: App in the Air Photo: iTunes A personal travel assistant for frequent fliers, App in the Air tracks everything about your travel, from flight delays and boardin...
Tags: Travel, Google, Apps, US, Sydney, Travel Apps, Air, Tsa, Google Translate, All, Matador Network, Polarsteps, Postagram, Zeamo, London Berlin Dubai Denver Las Vegas, Google Translate Postagram


Best pie shops in the United States

March 14 is Pi Day . In the numerical format that Americans list dates where the month is first followed by the day, it’s 3/14, or 3.14, which are the first three numbers in pi. For people not currently taking a high school math class or in a math-oriented career, that’s about the extent of common knowledge about pi. Pie, on the other hand, is something we can celebrate on Pi Day as well as every other day. That extra “e” turns a conversation about a math equation into a conversation about a d...
Tags: Travel, Google, New York, Kentucky, La, New York City, Los Angeles, United States, Nashville, Pie, Bg, Dessert, Denver, All, Savannah, Brad


You May Have Forgotten Foursquare, But It Didn't Forget You

nj_peeps shares an excerpt from a report via Wired: [Foursquare cofounder Dennis Crowley says the company is working on a new game.] Think Candyland, but instead of fantasy locations like Lollipop Woods, the game's virtual board includes place categories associated with New York City neighborhoods. There's a Midtown Bar, a Downtown Movie Theatre, Brooklyn Coffeeshop, Uptown Park, and so on. As in Candyland, you move your game piece forward by drawing cards. But in Crowley's version, the cards ar...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Nbc, New York City, Samsung, Tech, Snapchat, Candyland, Tripadvisor, Dennis Crowley, Crowley, Jeff Glueck, Midtown Bar, Brooklyn Coffeeshop Uptown Park


Best live music venues in Belfast

Fiddled trad tunes hang in the air across Belfast, but the city is actually home to great clubs hosting everything indie folk to old-school London punk bands. Most are concentrated in the highly walkable, central part of town — known as the Cathedral Quarter — so you can step dance, grind, and mosh your way satisfaction even if you only have a day or two. There’s also a strong population of college students, meaning you’re likely to find something going on every night of the week across town....
Tags: Travel, Google, UK, London, Queens, Northern Ireland, Belfast, States, Empire, Oasis, All, Emerald Isle, Robinson, Bedford, Falls Road, Shankill Road


Guide to the Powerful Sedona Vortex Sites (+ my experiences)

If you’re new to this concept of vortexes and feeling energy, you may struggle to have an experience at the Sedona Vortexes – well at least one you are aware of and can connect to. You may not even want to tune in or believe in any of this woo woo nonsense. That’s okay. Whatever floats your boat. It floats my boat. I have had a daily meditation practice now for about 7 years. I could write a book on how positively it has changed my life. I would not have this life you see on this blog without it...
Tags: Travel, Google, Usa, Nike, Arizona, Jesus, North America, Grand Canyon, Craig, Destinations, Savannah, Don, Sedona, Kalyra, Holy Cross, Sedona Arizona


Google Quietly Releases Its Hotel Booking Destination With Potentially Huge Implications

In a span of just a few months, Google's threat in booking travel is looming even larger. Indeed, Skift said last October Google's new hotel search is presenting a greater threat to booking rivals. Now the tech giant has added a full-fledged destination site for hotels, without any major fanfare, and has potential implications for booking sites, as well as Airbnb, on the lines of what it has done with its already very-popular Google Flights.
Tags: Travel, Google, Skift


How to Get Your Resort & Travel Brochure PDFs To Google’s Position Zero By Lodging Interactive

Plenty of hotels, resorts, and other businesses in the hospitality industry have brochures and guides for guests conveniently packaged into one hyper-valuable PDF. They list everything from resort amenities and pricing to events happening at the hotel to what to do in the area, and so much more.
Tags: Travel, Google


NAMA Digest: Developments at Zoho, Netflix, Facebook, OLX and more

A quick roundup of the developments in the Indian and international digital, tech and business ecosystem. Developments in the digital ecosystem NPCI has issued 64 million RuPay global cards on the Discover Network, reports the Economic Times. The cards are accepted by 41 million merchants across... ...
Tags: Travel, Health, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Ecommerce, Smart City, News, Government, India, Policy, Netflix, Regulation, Airbnb, Flipkart, Paytm



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