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The young and the rentless: Inside Camps Bay’s “hijacked” mansion

An activist art collective is refusing to leave a luxury holiday home, claiming their protest is to highlight landlessness and growing inequality in Cape Town The post The young and the rentless: Inside Camps Bay’s “hijacked” mansion appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Housing, Cape Town, Homeless, Airbnb, National, Inequality,, Eviction, Camps Bay, Lockdown, Top Six, Occupation, South Africa (country, COVID-19, Landless

Experimentation is what makes Microsoft, Google, Netflix and so successful – Interview with Harvard Business School Professor Stefan Thomke

Today’s interview is with Stefan Thomke, who is the William Barclay Harding Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Stefan joins me today to talk […] The post Experimentation is what makes Microsoft, Google, Netflix and so successful - Interview with Harvard Business School Professor Stefan Thomke first appeared on Adrian Swinscoe.
Tags: Google, Business, Technology, Leadership, Microsoft, Interviews, Business Growth, Customer Experience, Change, Netflix, Culture, Ideas, Innovation,, Business Development, Harvard Business School

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United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) v. Booking.Com B.V. (Supreme Court 2020) [Full Decision PDF] In this trademark case, the USPTO asked the court to implement its “nearly per se” rule that a generic term remains generic even if coupled with a generic top level domain (such as “.com”).  The 4th Circuit sided with BOOKING.COM and the Supreme Court has now affirmed: “[W]e discern no support for the PTO’s current view in trademark law or policy.” Id. According to the majority, the ques...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Uspto, Patent, Travelocity, Ginsburg, PTO, Goodyear, Sotomayor, Breyer, United States Patent Trademark Office USPTO, Booking com, Goodyear Rubber Co, Booking Com B V Supreme Court, Goodyear 's India Rubber Glove Mfg Co

Live From D.C., It’s the Supreme Court!

The court heard oral arguments remotely, and broadcast the audio live, for the first time Monday. It was a spectacle made for the radio age.
Tags: News, Supreme Court,, Roberts, United States Politics and Government, Telephones and Telecommunications, Supreme Court (US, John G Jr, Patent and Trademark Office (US, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV

Supreme Court Hears First Arguments via Phone

The conference call started with the usual Oyez! chant, but that was almost the only traditional thing about the arguments in a trademark case.
Tags: News,, Roberts, Sonia, Sotomayor, Trademarks and Trade Names, Supreme Court (US, John G Jr, Supreme Court Hears First Arguments via Phone

African fintech firm Flutterwave launches SME e-commerce portal

San Francisco and Lagos-based fintech startup Flutterwave has launched Flutterwave Store, a portal for African merchants to create digital shops to sell online. The product is less Amazon and more eBay — with no inventory or warehouse requirements. Flutterwave insists the move doesn’t represent any shift away from its core payments business. The company accelerated the development of Flutterwave Store in response to COVID-19, which has brought restrictive measures to SMEs and traders opera...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Facebook, Uber, Ebay, China, Nigeria, Africa, San Francisco, Tech, E-commerce, Ceo, Economy, Companies, Online Shopping, United States

Visa’s Africa strategy banks on startup partnerships

Visa has prioritized growth in Africa, and partnering with startups is central to its strategy. This became obvious in 2019 after the global financial services giant entered a series of collaborations on the continent, but Visa confirmed it in their 2020 Investor Day presentation. On the , participants mentioned Africa 28 times and featured regional startups prominently in the accompanying deck. Visa’s regional president for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMEA), Andrew ...
Tags: TC, Uber, Finance, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, Cisco, E-commerce, South Africa, Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, Alipay, Payments, Financial inclusion, Financial Services

How Your Airbnb Host Is Feeling the Pain of the Coronavirus

Online travel sites, including and Airbnb, are facing a world of hurt as people all but stop taking trips.
Tags: News, Airbnb, Brian,, Chesky, Initial Public Offerings, Computers and the Internet, Hotels and Travel Lodgings, Travel and Vacations, Renting and Leasing (Real Estate, Real Estate and Housing (Residential, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV

Airbnb and three other p2p rental platforms agree to share limited pan-EU data

The European Commission announced yesterday it’s reached a data-sharing agreement with vacation rental platforms Airbnb,, Expedia Group and Tripadvisor — trumpeting the arrangement as a “landmark agreement” which will allow the EU’s statistical office to publish data on short-stay accommodations offered via these platforms across the bloc. It said it wants to encourage “balanced” development of peer-to-peer rentals, noting concerns have been raised across the EU that such platform...
Tags: Apps, Europe, Internet, Berlin, Collaborative Consumption, Tech, Eu, Barcelona, European Union, Culture, Tourism, Paris, Amsterdam, Commission, Portland, European Commission

Africa Roundup: Trump’s Nigeria ban, Paga’s acquisition and raises — Fluterwave $35M, Sendy $20M

The first month of the new-year saw Africa enter the fray of U.S. politics. The Trump administration announced last week it would halt immigration from Nigeria — Africa’s most populous nation with the continent’s largest economy and leading tech sector. The presidential proclamation stops short of a full travel ban on the country of 200 million, but suspends immigrant visas for Nigerians seeking citizenship and permanent resident status in U.S. The latest regulations are said not to apply to non...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Uber, Mexico, Boko Haram, Nigeria, Africa, US, San Francisco, Entrepreneur, Social Media, Tech, E-commerce, Ceo, World

ToursByLocals snaps up its first funding, C$33M, to link sightseers with guides globally

The tours and experiences market is projected to be worth $183 billion this year, and today a startup that has made inroads into the space through bootstrapping is announcing its first outside investment. ToursByLocals — which sources local guides in some 162 countries, and then helps tourists search and book them for either individual or small group tours and experiences in the place they are visiting — is today announcing 33 million Canadian dollars (US$25 million) in funding, from a single in...
Tags: TC, Ecommerce, Y Combinator, Hong Kong, Berlin, Softbank, Funding, US, Tech, Ceo, Economy, Companies, Canada, Netherlands, Sharing Economy, Airbnb

Why Not Put a Bow on Genericness?

‘Tis the season for gratitude and thankfulness, and avoiding conflict and fruitcake. From a trademark perspective, every season is for avoiding genericness, right? After all, generic designations are part of the public domain, they aren’t own-able. So, why is Guaranteed Rate continuing to invest in, found to be generic? Perhaps because, for an online business, a generic domain name is quite valuable. Beyond that,‘s persistence yielded 3 registrations (here, here, and here), d...
Tags: Technology, Court, Advertising, Marketing, Articles, Uspto, Domain Names,, Capability,, Branding, Trademarks, U S Supreme Court, Federal Circuit, Steve Baird, Lanham Act

Amazon now sells flight tickets in India

Indians can already use Amazon to pay for their mobile bills and borrow money to purchase items, but now there’s more. This week, the ecommerce giant quietly introduced an additional feature to its shopping site: flight tickets. Amazon has partnered with local travel service Cleartrip to add flight booking option to its payment service — Amazon Pay — in India, according to an FAQ posted on its website. The feature, first spotted by news outlet Skift, is available on its Indian website and ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Android, Transportation, Asia, India, Tech, Payments, Zomato, Ola,, Paytm, Makemytrip, ClearTrip, Skift, Amazon Pay

Mint House raises $15m to give business travelers a better hotel

Hotels are convenient but rarely homey. Short term rentals through Airbnb or HomeAway are often comfy but can be a pain to book and check-in. Business travelers often have to pick the best of two lousy options. Mint House is summed up best by Tige Savage, Revolution Venture managing partner: “Mint House is the best of a hotel without the worst of a hotel and the best of an Airbnb without the worst of an Airbnb.” The New York-based Mint House is today announcing a $15 million financing round l...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, US, House, Starwood, Airbnb, Revolution Ventures, Club Med, Expedia,, Lucas, Homeaway, Travelocity, Travelers, Rob Stewart, Euro Disney

GuestReady, a service for Airbnb hosts, doubles down on Europe with another acquisition

GuestReady, a service that helps shared economy hosts manage their business on Airbnb and other rental sites, is getting into expansion mode again after it completed its fourth acquisition. The company, which has raised $3.7 million from investors to date, just announced that it has acquired France-based rival BnbLord, a startup that it claims is the largest Airbnb host platform in France and Portugal, through an undisclosed deal. The deal represents a doubling down on those two markets an...
Tags: TC, Asia, Europe, Australia, France, Tech, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Paris, Portugal, United Arab Emirates, Roman Abramovich, Airbnb, Foodpanda, Rocket Internet, Chelsea FC

Grab is talking to Ant Financial and PayPal about spinning out its financial services business

Grab, the $16 billion-valued ride-hailing firm that acquired Uber’s Southeast Asia business last year, is in talks with Alibaba’s Ant Financial and PayPal as it considers spinning out of its financial services unit to double down on its non-transportation business, TechCrunch has learned. The seven-year-old company’s coming-of-age moment was a deal to buy Uber’s regional business last year, but it hasn’t enjoyed the total monopoly many foresaw. Instead, it is faced with a growing challenge...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Uber, Asia, Indonesia, Finance, China, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Softbank, Funding, Tech, Paypal, Thailand, Alibaba, Alipay

Google makes emails more dynamic with AMP for Email

Google today officially launched AMP for Email, its effort to turn emails from static documents into dynamic, web page-like experiences. AMP for Email is coming to Gmail, but other major email providers like Yahoo Mail (which shares its parent company with TechCrunch), Outlook and will also support AMP emails. It’s been more than a year since Google first announced this initiative. Even by Google standards, that’s a long incubation phase, though there’s also plenty of backend work nec...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Gmail, Email, Yahoo, Developer, Tech, Ses, Mail, Outlook, Html, AMP, Operating Systems,, Oyo Rooms

Airbnb and Miami Beach Are at War. Travelers Are Caught in the Crossfire.

The Florida city, like others around the country, is trying to control the home sharing market. Renters often find out their weekend home is illegal when they get a knock on the door.
Tags: Florida, News, Airbnb,, Miami Beach, Fla, Hotels and Travel Lodgings, Travel and Vacations, Renting and Leasing (Real Estate, Miami Beach (Fla, South Beach (Miami Beach

A.I. Wants to Know How You Plan a Trip

To improve their services, travel companies are relying on tech to study customers’ habits, like whether they need photos of a destination before booking or decide mainly on price.
Tags: Cruises, News, Research,, Expedia Inc, Advertising and Marketing, Hotels and Travel Lodgings, Data-Mining and Database Marketing, Product Tests

Zizoo, a for boats, sails for new markets with $7.4M on board

Berlin-based Zizoo — a startup which self describes as for boats — has nabbed a €6.5 million (~$7.4M) Series A to help more millennials find holiday yachts to mess about taking selfies in. Zizoo says its Series A — which was led by Revo Capital, with participation from new investors including Coparion, Check24 Ventures and PUSH Ventures — was “significantly oversubscribed”. Existing investors including MairDumont Ventures, aws Founders Fund, Axel Springer Digital Ventures ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, France, Berlin, US, Tech, Spain, Budapest, SaaS, Millennials, Croatia, Sailing, Caribbean,, Founders Fund

Southeast Asia’s Grab pulls in $200M from travel giant Booking

Fresh from a strategic investment from Microsoft, Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing leader Grab is back in the money again after it closed $200 million in fresh capital from Booking Holdings, the travel firm formerly known as Priceline. The investment is part of an ongoing round of funding that Grab said is on course to reach $3 billion before the end of the year. Grab raised $2 billion for the round — including a $1 billion check from Totoya — but it continues to add strategic partners, like Mic...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Apps, Asia, Microsoft, Indonesia, China, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Mastercard,, Priceline

DJ Khaled jet ski tour of Miami

Figuring out what to do when you’re on vacation is stressful. So many options. So many activities. If only there was some way — or someone — who could point you toward the best experiences. Someone wise, someone successful. Someone who yells his name at the beginning of literally every song made since 2015. DJ Khaled is the hero the world needs. And along with his sidekick, he’s curating WE THE BEST experiences, all available to you at the touch of a button. This week Khaled and B...
Tags: Travel, Florida, US, Los Angeles, Washington Dc, Rick Ross, Miami, Seattle, Tours,, All, Dj Khaled, Miami Beach, Sotheby, Khaled, New York San Francisco

Win a stay in a tiny house designed by tiny comedian Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart, the multimillion-dollar comedian, left the stage behind for a bit and made himself the perfect tiny house. You can enter to win a chance to make yourself at home in it through The post Win a stay in a tiny house designed by tiny comedian Kevin Hart appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Trends, Web, Kevin Hart, Smart Home,, Tiny Homes

New unicorn Klook raises $200M to expand its travel activities platform worldwide

Klook, a Hong Kong-based startup developing a travel activities platform, has pulled in $200 million in new capital to fuel a major expansion into the U.S. and Europe. A spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch that the round values the company at more than $1 billion, although the company didn’t provide an exact figure. Klook sets out to make booking travel activities as easy as arranging flights and hotels. That could mean visits to adventure parks, scuba diving, more localized tours or basics suc...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Apps, Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, New York, London, China, Israel, Tech, Taiwan, Amsterdam, Airbnb, Goldman Sachs, Tripadvisor

Travel giant Booking invests $500M in Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing

Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-hailing company, has pulled in some strategic capital after Booking Holdings invested $500 million into its business. The deal will see Booking Holdings — which was formerly known as Priceline — work closely with Didi to offer its on-demand car services through its apps via an integration. Likewise, Didi customers will have the option to book hotels through and its sister site Agoda. The deal isn’t about money. Didi has said public...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Uber, Apps, Asia, Europe, Japan, China, Tech, Taiwan, Brazil,, Priceline, Ride Hailing, Opentable, Reuters Leads the Big Spenders for PPC in the Travel Sector

Kantar Media reveals as biggest spender on paid search advertising, while TripAdvisor takes the top spot for organic search London: A small group of online travel agents, including, and Trivago, dominated paid search in the first quarter of 2018, each spending over £7 million on search through Google (on the keywords we […] The post appeared first on Ad Tech Daily.
Tags: Google, London, Advertising, Ppc, Press Releases, Tripadvisor,, Media Buying, Kantar Media, Ad & Media Strategies, Advertising Reports and Studies, Digital Intelligence, Travel Advertising

The youngest person to travel to every country on earth has launched a 'travel Tinder' that lets people swap homes for $1 a night

James Asquith became the youngest person to visit all 196 countries, aged 24. Now, he wants to make travel easier for people around the world with his new app, Holiday Swap. The app acts like Tinder to allow users to swipe through homes they're interesting in swapping with. It costs $1 a night to swap homes through the app. It's still in its early stages,  The youngest man to travel to every country in the world wants to make conquering the globe easier for everyone else — and he swears it h...
Tags: London, US, Toronto, Trends, Priceline, Obama White House, Asquith, James Asquith, Booking com

TravelPerk grabs $21M to make booking business trips suck less

TravelPerk, a Barcelona-based SaaS startup that’s built an end-to-end business travel platform, has closed a $21 million Series B round, led by Berlin-based Target Global and London’s Felix Capital. Earlier investors Spark Capital and Sunstone also participated in the round, alongside new investor Amplo. When we last spoke to the startup back in June 2016 — as it was announcing a $7M Series A — it had just 20 customers.  It’s now boasting more than 1,000,  name-checking “high growth” companies s...
Tags: Travel, Startups, Europe, London, Enterprise, Berlin, Funding, Tech, Spain, Barcelona, Business Travel, Expedia, Felix Capital,, Concur, Enterprise Software