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Mark Mahaney, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets, speaking to Bloomberg. The crazy stat:
Based on his estimate, Priceline spent about $1.14 billion with Google in 2012, accounting for 2.6 percent of the search company’s ad revenue.
Imagine if the country was linked by a network of 220-mile-per-hour trains.
Want now. But, as they note, “Given the difficulties in building just a tiny part of this system (the chunk of the Yellow Line from L.A. to San Francisco), we’re so amazingly far away from this happening.”
The 46 Places to Go in 2013 according to the NY Times.
Dan Frommer on entering the startup world from the other side — as an entrepreneur:
I quickly figured out that I wanted to do something in mobile — it’s the future of media and computing, and a massive market, as I’d reported for years at BI and Forbes — and that I wanted to build real, honest things and sell them to people, not just “collect eyeballs.” Meanwhile, I had a broader life goal of getting off my ass more often and not sitting in front of the computer all day. I wanted to spend more time seeing the world, talking to people, thinking, and creating — not just starting at pixels.
City Notes looks simple, straightforward, and nice.
All joking aside, Airbnb’s neighborhood guides (now available for a handful of cities) are gorgeously assembled with beautiful photography — and serve a really useful purpose, considering that many Airbnb rentals are in residential neighborhoods that Lonely Planet doesn’t exactly cover. These photos are from the Cobble Hill guide.
All of us on the show would have preferred to go out on a high note—and we tried to do that as best we could, turning in a strong , final season that we are very proud of. We wanted to go leaving a lot of great shows—and nothing but good memories and good will behind.
But things just didn’t turn out that way.
Things take a turn for the ugly as Anthony Bourdain nears his exit from the Travel Channel. Essentially, it sounds like the company is trying to exploit him to make a quick buck on his way out the door. Shameful.
Really liking the Fog of the World interface. My favorite bit is the percentage of the world I’ve seen in the top navigation bar.
(Though its battery usage is not as light as advertised…)
I LOVE this concept. Going to try it out — will report back on the battery life issue. (It sounds like they’re doing some smart things in this regard though.)
A first for me: I’m taking a trip without a computer. Well, I should say without a PC/Mac. I only have my iPhone and iPad. In fact, I’m typing this on my iPad.
It’s just one night, but a couple years ago, I never thought I would have gone anywhere without a computer. I’ve taken trips where I haven’t *used* the computer, but I always had it with me. Just in case. Not this time.
If this works fine — which of course it will — my next step is to leave my computer at home on a 4-day trip next week. Then maybe a week-long one. Baby steps.
This would immediately take plane travel from “Bullitt” to something a lot closer to what we should have in the 21st century.
But I am curious as to how this would work for passengers. One complaint about the Concorde (which I sadly never had the chance to ride on before it was retired in 2003) was that it was pretty uncomfortable to be on.
That said, if it can cut a 20 hour trip to 4 hours (London -> Sydney), I think I’d take it. What would San Francisco to New York be? An hour? Would the thing even be able to get to top speed in that time?
Also note: this is meant for business jets first (in 2020). It wouldn’t come to commercial airlines until sometime closer to 2030 (if at all). Still, this would absolutely change the state of travel.
Mike’s thoughts on Gogobot, our latest CrunchFund investment.
This really excites me because the travel space is so broken online. Things like TripAdvisor are huge, multi-billion dollar businesses, and this is the type of shit you get from them.
Travel planning and management needs to be social and it needs to be mobile. Gogobot is going after both of those.
Jason has a bit more on TechCrunch as well.