Some of the Tnooz Nodes are weighing in with reaction and analysis on the Google-ITA Software deal announced on Thursday this week.
Reports on negotiations between the U.S. Department of Justice and Google on its proposed $700 million acquisition of ITA Software may call into question some of Google’s pledges to ITA’s customers.
Kayak and Expedia say Google would dominate flight search if the U.S. Department of Justice approves the acquisition of ITA Software, and Google would have the incentive to degrade ITA’s airline pricing and shopping product for online travel companies if the deal goes through.
Is ITA Software’s airline-hosting business a deal-breaker or a deal-maker with Google?
The Google-ITA Software deal could be huge for the travel industry — but might the pending acquisition have even larger consequences than initially envisioned for Google?
Google has been on a steady march towards complete digital domination, acquiring companies that allow Google to burrow itself into pretty much everything and carving out a lucrative and inescapable Googleverse. But what is the connection between all of these seemingly disparate elements?
Over the last several weeks we’ve seen continued hype on the output of the Google acquisition of ITA Software.
Eric Schmidt stepped aside at the top of Google last week and was replaced by fresh faced co-founder Larry Page, ready to spearhead the next phase of development.
The proposed settlement in the Google-ITA Software deal requires the parties to negotiate new contracts and renewals for ITA’s QPX and looming InstaSearch customers, but Google and ITA are free to develop exclusive products without having to pass them along to clients.
It’s been eight months since Kayak filed its registration statement for an IPO and there have been five amendments in the interim, but Kayak has yet to become a public company.