Yahoo!'s FareChase: Vertical Meta
Yahoo!'s FareChase travel site launched hotels today. Competing with AOL's recently launched Pinpoint Travel, this represents another meta-search play to provide consumers with a one-stop travel destination.
FareChase is also integrated into Yahoo! Travel, Search and Shopping — a variation on the principle of the one-stop shop (convenience, simplicity, ubiquity).
Another pretty helpful hotel search site is Openlist (formerly local-i).
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The Agence France Presse lawsuit against Google may have impact on aggregator business models:
"Agence France Presse has sued Google, alleging the Web search leader includes AFP's photos, news headlines and stories on its news site without permission.
The French news service is seeking damages of at least $17.5 million and an order barring Google News from displaying AFP photographs, news headlines or story leads, according to the suit filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia."