• UpTake Networks Buys Social Hotel Recommendation Engine

    UpTake Networks announced today that it acquired, a social hotel recommendation site. With the purchase, terms of which were not disclosed, UpTake aims to “accelerate their investment in the online travel research experience and drive more free, qualified leads back to travel sites”. UpTake already operates, a semantic search engine designed to help… Read More

  • RealTravel Trip Planner: Cut, Paste & Share Travel Tips

    RealTravel has come a long way since we first mentioned them in our Web 2.0 conference roundup last October. They now have very deep travel content – mostly written by users, and some from a recent partnership with Frommer’s. The site has an active community of tens of thousands of frequent travelers who talk about their experiences and freely give their recommendations via… Read More

  • The Companies of Web 2.0, Part 1

    The Web 2.0 conference kicked off today with a number of great workshops. The highlights for us were the Attention Trust board meeting (posts below) and, of course, the Launchpad workshop where a dozen companies presented in an hour and a half. My notes on each company are below. Many of these have been profiled here before, and we hope to get full profiles of the rest up as soon as we can… Read More