Feature 1: Search is going social. Google has added a recommendation feature for its search results called +1. Registered users with a profile will see the +1 button alongside search results.
Google doesn’t show all the +1′s to all users. Instead, it is showing only recommendations based on signals like connections on Google (chat buddies and contacts). It’s also working on implementing recommendations from a user’s connections on other sites, like Twitter.
Rob Spiro, product manager for Google, explains in a blog post, “Say, for example, you’re planning a winter trip to Tahoe, Calif. When you do a search, you may now see a +1 from your slalom-skiing aunt next to the result for a lodge in the area.”
Feature 2: Limos.com has secured $10 million in funding from Austin Ventures. The new investment adds to the company’s original funding of $5 million from Canal Partners.
Limos also announced the launch of its new corporate travel management product, Limos.com for Business, which offers direct access to local car service operators. Limos.com president & CEO T.J. Clark says that companies overpay by at least 40 percent on car services when they don’t book with local suppliers.
They’re also about to launch mobile apps for iPhone and Android, which will allow travelers to search and book car services “on the go” in all of its markets worldwide.
Limos.com secures $10 million in financing from Austin Ventures – AustinVentures.com
Here’s the rest of the week’s interesting news:-
Yuupon launches with date flexibility and refunds on flash deals – Yuupon.com
Overstock’s travel site takes flight with heavily discounted hotels - AllThingsD
Boston-based startup aims to be travel industry’s Groupon – InsiderTrips.com
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