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  • Pilot Project Begins To Replace Your Hotel Key With Your Smartphone Using Bluetooth

    Pilot Project Begins To Replace Your Hotel Key With Your Smartphone Using Bluetooth

    Soon enough you’ll be able to walk into a hotel, straight past the front desk and have your door open automatically for you without any extra effort required, thanks to a new pilot project by Starwood Hotels (via WSJ). Two hotels are debuting keyless entry via smartphones that have a companion app installed and can communicate via Bluetooth 4.0, one in Harlem and one in Cupertino, with… Read More

  • Follow The Money: Why Priceline Bought Kayak

    Follow The Money: Why Priceline Bought Kayak

    Last week, Priceline.com acquired Kayak for $1.8 billion. That’s more than twice what Google paid for ITA back in 2010. Why did Priceline make this move? And why now? Priceline acquired Kayak for $40 a share, about $500 million in cash, $1 billion in Priceline equity, and about $300 million in stock options. Kayak got a premium price — a 29 percent premium, to be exact —… Read More

  • HotelTonight Lands Travelocity Exec As Chief Marketing Officer

    HotelTonight Lands Travelocity Exec As Chief Marketing Officer

    HotelTonight, a mobile app that offers deep discounts on same-day hotel deals, has landed a big fish for its marketing chief—Travelocity executive Beth Murphy. For background, HotelTonight offers Android and iOS apps that allow you to access steep discounts on hotel rooms. The service is focused around last-minute bookings, and is currently available in 22 cities. The startup has… Read More

  • Traveling to Switzerland? Stay in nuclear bunker. It's cheap.

    Traveling to Switzerland? Stay in nuclear bunker. It's cheap.

    Hotel accommodations these days are too opulent. Who needs central heat and carpet? No one. Only the Wall Street fat cats, that is. Real people stay at this converted nuclear bunker zero-star hotel that offers rooms for only £6. They even provide you with a a hot water bottle heating system and a bed to sleep on for that price! I know, what a good deal. Plus, if you’re lucky… Read More

  • Unlock doors with your cellphone

    http://www.viddler.com/player/3c2d32b6/ Ever lose your hotel keycard? Ever have it get de-magnetized? Both of these are simple to resolve – just go to the front desk – but wouldn’t it be better if you didn’t need to worry so much about the darn things? Nokia is working with VingCard to allow you to use your cellphone to open your hotel door. As described in the video… Read More