Hipmunk lists private air taxi options and Google reveals that how Indians search mobile maps differently from Americans — all are in our roundup of the stories making news and driving opinion on 22 October.
Is paid-content site Pheed the new Twitter? The week-oldÂ real-time media platform already hasÂ a million users, many of whom are attracted to the idea of being paid for micro-blogging by charging followers fees.
Out of the gate, Pheed may be merely a celebrity platform. But travel marketers may want to reserve place names for brand name handles just in case it blossoms further.
Did you know that this year travel search site Hipmunk began listing private air taxi services by Linear Air as an option for northeastern US routes?Â Well it did,Â and apparently the business model forÂ air taxis is maturing.
In case you missed it: Online-accommodation rental service Airbnb may be in talks “with venture capitalist Peter Thiel about a roughly $150 million investment that would value the start-up at around $2.5 billion,” says the WSJ. For context, see our “Ten critical questions for person-to-person business models in travel.”
Google research has revealed that Indians tend to use their smartphones differently than other nationalities when it comes to searching on maps. Lalitesh Katragadda, Google India, Country Head (Products), says Indians often look up locations not to visit them but to use them as landmarks to find the places they actually want to see.
“The entire concept of adding landmarks as a layer or feature on maps, globally, was an idea conceived in India,” says The Hindu.Â Users in other countries more commonly search by destination.
TheÂ Langdale Hotel & SpaÂ has become one of the first hotels in the UK to installÂ contactless payment points.Â The Lake District hotel allows any customer to pay for a service, such as a restaurant meal or a spa treatment, by waving his or her credit or debit card in front of an electronic reader.
In case you hadn’t heard: On Tuesday, Apple is expected to announce a smaller iPad “Mini.”
Fun fact: Did you know there are 250,000 active patents that impact smartphones, representing one in six active patents?
LOOKING AHEAD THIS WEEK
Boeing, Delta Air Lines, and US Airways report their earnings on Wednesday. United follows on Thursday.
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