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‘Trippy’ Travel Site Gives Vacation Advice You Might Actually Use

J.R. Johnson, Trippy's founder and CEO

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. Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: Twitter Now Lets You Receive DMs From Any Of Your Followers

(Photo: Zimbio)

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]

Acquisitions

TripAdvisor Acquires Brooklyn-Based Travel Site Wanderfly

All your friends suggest you visit the Taj Mahal. (Photo: screencap)

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:  Read More