today in travel
Traveling is fun, but planning a trip can be stressful — especially when it involves hours of scouring TripAdvisor reviews, trying desperately to find a piece of information that’s helpful to your particular situation.
That’s the problem that travel site Trippy is trying to solve. Founded in 2011, the site relaunched last April as a place where users can post specific questions regarding their upcoming trips, and knowledgeable members of the Trippy community can offer up helpful suggestions.
Apple has picked Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts to serve in a newly created role, overseeing the strategy and operation of its online and retail stores. [New York Times]
Twitter will let you receive direct messages from any on of your followers, regardless if you’re #teamfollowback. This sure sounds like a fun way to get more DM spam. [TechCrunch]
Blackberry issued a letter to customers claiming that it’s “here to stay,” you know, until it collapses. [Reuters]
With your Samsung Galaxy Gear on your right, your left wrist looks bare so Google is rumored to roll out its own smartwatch on Oct. 31. [9to5Google]
Tripadvisor has snapped up DOA startup Oyster.com. It will be based in New York and operate under the Smarter Travel brand. [Skift]
Vacation All I Ever Wanted
Jetsetter, the luxury travel site that Gilt Groupe put up for sale for around $50 million back in October, has been acquired by TripAdvisor, according to a press release published to PRNewswire. A Gilt Groupe representative confirmed the acquisition to Betabeat. Skift reported back in March that Jetsetter was close to an acquisition, most likely by the travel reviews site.
A furry convention is just like any other convention, except you might catch two people dressed in large homemade fox costumes making out next to a panel discussion about how to properly care for your fursuit.
Yelp for Help
Yet another fledging New York startup has been snapped up by a bigger tech company. TechCrunch reports that Brooklyn-based travel recommendation engine Wanderfly has just been acquired by TripAdvisor, a company which (let’s face it) could probably use a heavy-duty dose of startup cool.
Wanderfly’s comparatively tiny team still works out of the Yard in Williamsburg.
According to an announcement from their brand new corporate parent:
Did you pick your Sunday afternoon brunch spot based on Yelp reviews? If a recent study is any indication, you have plenty of company. The Guardian reports that two Berkeley economists have decided to quantify the impact of your glowing Yelp review on that Thai place down the street. The results: