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California deems carpooling via all ride-share services illegal

California regulators have sent warning letters to Uber, Lyft and Sidecar to say that their new carpool features are illegal.<p>Sidecar revealed Thursday that it received the letter from the California Public Utilities Commission, which said the ride-sharing service was breaking the law by testing its …

Transportation

Why Uber and Lyft Should Be Focusing Overseas

In the race to transportation domination, Uber is zooming ahead of Lyft — but both are running out of gas, at least in the United States.<p>A year ago, both transportation app startups were growing their customer bases 25 to 30 percent each month in the U.S., according to a new data analysis from …

Airbus Patent Looks to Mind Control to Improve the In-Flight Experience

Airbus wants to put your head in a bowl to ensure you have no more Total Recall of your dreadful flight experience.<p>The aircraft manufacturer has now …

Cornell Study Won't End Debate on LEED Certification for Hotels

LEED certification may engender a lot of goodwill for hotels from environmentally conscious guests, but does that translate into improved financial …

How Apple and NFC Just Made Flying and Paying at Airports Easier and Faster

Apple just made tap-and-go near field communication (NFC) as sexy and cool as its devices, and saved the technology from disappearing into a …

Successful Instagram Strategies for Smart Travel Media Brands

<i>Earlier this week we launched our new report Instagram Strategies for Travel Brands focused on how successful travel brands use the social photo</i> …

Skift Business Traveler: A Deeper Dive Into Frontier and Southwest's Rebrands

What to Know Now<p>Wearable technology for the traveler just got a fraction more appealing with the launch of the Apple smart watch. Beyond the typical …

Expedia's Updated Tablet Apps Streamline Hotel and Flight Search in Single View

For travelers who get frustrated navigating their way around an app from flights to hotels, Expedia.com has streamlined the process in its tablet …

Ryanair Bad Boy Michael O'Leary Gets Christmas Gift from Boeing

An Irish friend of mine told me many years ago to think twice before dismissing Michael O'Leary, the face and chief executive of Europe's largest low-cost carrier, Ryanair. At the time, O'Leary was relatively unknown outside of Ireland. And while I took that advice, I have over the years, poked him …

Dive Into the Wildlife-Rich Waters of the Galápagos

Discover the “living laboratory” that inspired the work of Charles Darwin.<p>The Galápagos Islands are located 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) from the South American mainland but a world apart from anywhere else on Earth. The archipelago and its surrounding waters, located where three ocean currents …

Three Free Skift Reports to Download for Summer Reading

We have three insightful Skift reports and presentation for you to download this weekend for summer reading, just in case you missed them earlier …

Payment Provider for Uber, Airbnb in Talks to Integrate Bitcoin

EBay Inc.’s Braintree unit, one of its electronic-payments businesses, is exploring ways to support bitcoin payments, a person with knowledge of the …

Expedia Bankrolls Wotif Acquisition with $500 Million Sale of Bonds

Expedia Inc., the online travel-booking service, issued $500 million of debt to help fund its proposed acquisition of Wotif.com, an Australian …

Southwest's $550 Million Integration of AirTran Still A Work in Progress

More than three years after Southwest acquired AirTran for $1.4 billion, the integration of the two carriers is a work in progress, although it is …

Owning Hotels and Ships Proves Good Business for TUI

TUI AG, the owner of Europe’s largest tour operator, lifted operating profit 89 percent as it cut costs, raised prices and improved hotel booking …

Hotel Uses TED-Like Talks to Build Brand Loyalty with Clients

Omni Hotels knows that sometimes you have to give in order to get.<p>The 60-property brand recently announced the fourth year of its Be Collaborative …

Uber Drivers in Berlin Risking $33,000 Fines Per Ride After Ban

Uber Technologies Inc., the ride-hailing application that’s rankling taxi drivers from Boston to Tokyo, defied a ban in Berlin, risking a 25,000-euro …

Low temperature a factor in Boeing 787 battery meltdown in Japan: Asahi

TOKYO (Reuters) - Cold winter temperatures were a factor in the meltdown of a lithium ion battery that caused a Boeing Co (BA.N) 787 Dreamliner to make an emergency landing in Japan last year, the Asahi newspaper said, citing the conclusions of local investigators.<p>An All Nippon Airways (ANA) Boeing …

Malaysia Airlines: State fund proposes takeover

<b>Malaysia's state investment firm Khazanah Nasional has proposed a "complete overhaul" of troubled national carrier Malaysia Airlines.</b><p>Khazanah wants to buy the shares it does not already own in Malaysia Airlines and delist the carrier.<p>The airline has been hurt by two major tragedies - the crash of …

Airbnb Is Trying To Change San Francisco Laws About Temporary Housing

Airbnb is looking to change that. The Bay Area-based startup is ramping up its lobbying efforts in its home city, according to the New York Times. Airbnb is getting behind the initiative "Fair to Share San Francisco," a group pushing for housing reform that would decriminalize the short-term rental …

These Are The Busiest Flight Routes In The World

Fun facts about flying coming at ya.<p>Did you know that every day 8.3 million people are cruising the skies on some 93,500 flights? That's about the population of NYC. Every. Single. Day.<p>So where are most people traveling?<p>Our guesses were between Rio and Sao Paolo, between somewhere and Dubai and …

Travelocity is a Huge Success for Expedia and Orbitz

Travelocity’s parent, Sabre, didn’t have much success with its online travel agency in recent years, but Orbitz Worldwide and Expedia Inc. are …

A Retrofuturistic Train Journey to Explore America’s New Frontiers

Wildlife<p>Tomorrow, a group of 25 millennial pioneers will embark on a retrofuturistic, crowdfunded train journey across America known as the Millennial Trains Project.<p>Along the way, they will meet with local innovators, grow as leaders, and build trans-regional perspectives relating to their …

5 Digital Trends We're Tracking At Skift This Week

Every week we post hundreds of stories across various sectors in travel, connecting the dots across various global trends, and in these weekend posts …

3 Hospitality Trends We're Tracking At Skift This Week

Every week we post hundreds of stories across various sectors in travel, connecting the dots across various global trends, and in these weekend posts …

6 Tourism Trends We're Tracking At Skift This Week

Every week we post hundreds of stories across various sectors in travel, connecting the dots across various global trends, and in these weekend posts …

8 Aviation Trends We're Tracking At Skift This Week

Every week we post hundreds of stories across various sectors in travel, connecting the dots across various global trends, and in these weekend posts …

The Restaurant Reservation Tech Company That's Targeting Hotels

Lavu Inc. in Albuquerque has made a huge splash in the restaurant industry with its point-of-sale software to conduct business on mobile devices, but …

Learning the Ropes in Switzerland’s Canyoning Paradise

Every adventure needs trust. There must be faith in yourself, your partners, the environment, or the experience and not just for safety, but also value. You must deem the exploration important, either immediately or at some nostalgic point in the future. Belief in the experience is what makes it …

Rocky Mountain National Park

<b>Location: Colorado<br>Established: January 26, 1915<br>Size: 265,873 acres</b><p>Nowhere else in the United States can a visitor see so much alpine country with such ease. A mere two-hour drive from Denver, Trail Ridge Road takes visitors into the heart of Rocky Mountain National Park, traversing a ridge above …