Marriott, Alitrip tie-up to let Chinese travellers book online

By Clare Baldwin HONG KONG (Reuters) – U.S.-based hotel chain Marriott International Inc and Alibaba Group’s online travel booking platform announced a tie-up on Monday, joining a flurry of rivals expanding their presence in China to cater to the country’s growing upper-middle class. China’s economy is forecast to slow to roughly 6.5 percent growth in coming years, but companies such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Tencent Holdings Ltd promise direct access to the country’s middle class and what Marriott Asia Pacific head Craig Smith is calling a “land grab” for Chinese travellers.

Read more targets China, U.S. growth: CEO

By Toby Sterling AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – After its rapid ride to dominance in online travel in Europe over the past decade, is seeking to expand in China and the U.S., its CEO said in an interview. Darren Huston, who heads both and its U.S. parent company Priceline Group, said is targeting a 20 percent increase in bookings going through its website in the third quarter and still has years of growth ahead.

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Exclusive: Uber checks connections between hacker and Lyft

By Dan Levine and Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Eight months after disclosing a major data breach, ride service Uber [UBER.UL] is focusing its legal efforts on learning more about an internet address that it has persuaded a court could lead to identifying the hacker. In February, Uber revealed that as many as 50,000 of its drivers' names and license numbers had been improperly downloaded, and the company filed a lawsuit in San Francisco federal court in an attempt to unmask the perpetrator. Uber's court papers claim that an unidentified person using a Comcast IP address had access to a security key used in the breach.

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Expedia shares soar on strong bookings despite strong U.S. dollar

Expedia Inc on Thursday reported first-quarter profit that exceeded analysts’ expectations as it earned more money from travel bookings in and outside the United States, despite foreign currencies falling relative to the U.S. dollar.

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