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"Google announced its intention to acquire ITA Software, an MIT- spinoff that powered most online flight searches, in 2010. At the time, the move was scrutinized by the Obama Department of Justice, which was concerned it would allow Google to monopolize travel services. Antitrust officials eventually allowed the $700 million purchase to go through on the condition that the government would be allowed to monitor Google’s behavior, and that the search giant would continue to support its public-facing API program for five years.
But that five years is now up..."
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What isn’t clear, however, is how Google’s decision to shutdown its API service will specifically affect third-party travel sites....
Most likely saw this move coming and prepared for the eventuality....
Update November 1st, 2:06PM ET: A spokesperson for Kayak and its parent company The Priceline Group declined to comment because “this doesn’t affect Priceline.com or KAYAK.”
Update November 1st, 7:53PM ET: In a statement, a spokesperson for Google cited low usage numbers for shutting down the QPX Express service. “We decided to no longer support the QPX Express API given the low interest among our travel partners”....
joined:June 15, 2001