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How Room 77 Technology Might Impact Hotel Finder

Yesterday Bloomberg reported that Google and Room 77 have come to terms on an agreement licensing hotel-booking software. The deal reportedly nets Google one of the Room 77 cofounders and an undisclosed number of its engineers. What might this mean for Hotel Finder and Hotel Price Ads? More inventory, more […]

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See Inside Functionality in Google Hotel Finder

Google has added “See inside” functionality to Hotel Finder, allowing users and potential guests to check out a hotel in more detail before booking it: The link to launch this functionality is prominently featured on the Hotel Finder property details page. This space launches a standard image gallery and reads […]

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Better and Faster QA in GitHub

Mistakes happen. Startups are built on them; if you’re making mistakes it means you’re moving forward. Great teams turn mistakes into opportunities, adapt on the fly, and put systems in place to prevent them from happening in the future. Dysfunctional teams point fingers, lay blame, and risk becoming stagnant by […]

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New Hotel Finder Feature: Filter by Distance

There’s a new feature we’re excited to see on Google Hotel Finder allowing users to easily filter by distance. This is something that we’ve called attention to a few different times in the past. The implementation looks great: If you look to the top right of the gif above, you […]

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HPAs live in New Maps, Google Maps for iPhone

We’re seeing HPAs pop up in two places that they were previously absent, the new Google Maps and Google Maps for iPhone. Previously, HPAs had been noticeably missing from both platforms, which either represent growing sources of traffic (new Maps) or established sources of traffic (Google Maps for iPhone.) Above: […]

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Average City Rates, a New Hotel Finder Feature

We’ve spotted another interesting test (or rolled out feature?) from the folks that work on Hotel Finder. Now when searching, users can click  a column graph icon next to their selected dates to display what appears to be the average nightly rate across the city for a 30 day period […]

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