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Facebook targets like-baiters (and other spam tactics)

SOCIAL: Perhaps a brand’s Facebook marketing strategy should be one that is filed under “Review Every Two Months”, such is the frequency with which the social network changes its policy around branding and reach.

Singapore Tourism ad could become the new Downfall of spoof clips [VIDEO]

Watch the video  Singapore Tourism chiefs are perhaps starting to feel the same as the producers of Second World War biopic Downfall did a few years ago.

AARP retools travel product with comprehensive offering for 55+ demographic

At $120 billion, baby boomers are one of the most active demographics in travel. This cohort can be an especially lucrative target for travel marketers, given its increased leisure time and appetite for exploration.

Citymapper raises $10m in quest to save lost humans

Urban transport application Citymapper has confirmed Series A funding of $10 million led by Balderton Capital.

Report: Trivago UK nearly vanishes from Google search visibility, the British arm of the hotel search engine owned by travel giant Expedia Inc, appears to have vanished in search visibility — possibly as the result of a Google penalty for breaking its link building guidelines.

Sabre IPO launch day – Live Blog

Travel technology and distribution giant Sabre is returning to the public financial markets for the first time in over six years.

Instant messaging flies into travel – WeChat adds flight booking service

WeChat, the mobile-based messaging service, has added the ability to make flight reservations to its mobile app.

Peek at Starwood’s Google Glass app, in beta [IMAGES]

Google Glass isn’t going away, despite the wishes of some travel companies. And Starwood, a chain of 1,150 hotels worldwide, is the latest hospitality brand to embrace the wearable technology.

Mapquest beefs up data with various partnerships that improve utility of maps

The original mappers at Mapquest have continued iterating the map product, eyeing a return to relevance in the mobile and information-rich world.

Is there really treasure at the end of the retail rainbow?

There was a pantomime-like end to the CAPA Airlines in Transition event in Dublin last week when Ryanair’s former deputy chief executive hijacked proceedings somewhat.

Indian OTA Yatra raises $23 million, increases focus on hotels and packages

Yatra, one of India’s leading online travel agencies, has raised about $23 million (INR 140 crore) in its fifth funding round.

Activity concierge Sosh reduces friction with OpenTable integration

Sosh, the human-powered city concierge app that curates activities and events, has integrated with OpenTable to book tables at restaurants.

To encourage planned spontaneity, HotelTonight adds citywide rate forecasts

HotelTonight, the San Francisco mobile booking startup, is encouraging its users to procrastinate with their hotel bookings until the last minute.

UK-based travel agency Sunshine acquires online review site

UK online travel agency Sunshine has acquired online review site Real Holiday Reports for an undisclosed sum.

Google study: Online travel purchases by channel, steps taken and time period

With customer buying behavior constantly evolving, online travel brands are constantly tuning their approach towards purchase patterns and other factors.

In a flashback to 2009, Turkish Airlines claims world first travel blog

First rule of PR is to never claim a “first” unless you are 100% sure it’s true or it won’t raise a snigger here or there.

HouseTrip axes private rooms from portfolio, will lose 5% of product

Shifting of the sand in the vacation rental marketplace with confirmation that HouseTrip is scrapping all listings of private rooms from its database.

Momondo reunited with its mojo, releases first results in years

Momondo Group says it is ready to come out fighting after a few years lurking in the shadows, watching as the metasearch world went kind of crazy.

A cure for jet lag? Perhaps mathematics and an app can help

DEVICES: Every traveller has a view on jet lag, the world’s annoying way of reminding us we are shifting unnaturally between time zones.

SilverRail raises $40 million — CEO interview

SilverRail Technologies, a business-to-business platform for train ticketing, has raised $40 million in a new venture capital round meant to fast-track its growth.