Cendyn Buys WIHP to Expand Hotel Marketing Capabilities

Hospitality marketing vendor (and CDP) Cendyn has purchased WIHP, a specialist in “metasearch”, which is the hospitality industry term for connecting hotels with price comparison websites.  We don’t see too many acquisitions by CDP vendors, but, then again, CDP is just one of many features offered by Cendyn.

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Typeface and GrowthLoop Offer AI-Based Campaign Generator

August 31, 2023

Also at Google Cloud Next, AI-based content creation tool Typeface announced it has collaborated with GrowthLoop (originally data extraction tool Flywheel) to create a unified marketing solution that automatically builds audience segments, generates custom content, and distributes the results across multiple channels.  It’s a good example of how AI and cloud platforms enable companies outside of the traditional marketing technology space to quickly develop sophisticated products.

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Visa partners with banks and fintechs in Kenya to launch contactless payments

August 31, 2023

Visa is working with local banks and fintech companies in Kenya to launch contactless payments. Customers will be able to transact without a physical wallet or a card. Customers can use the Thales-powered service by tapping their Near-field communication (NFC) enabled smartphones at any contactless payment terminal to make in-store purchases using their banking app.

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Microsoft Lets Publishers Block Bing Chat Separately from Bing Search

September 26, 2023

Nearly one-third of major news publishers have blocked generative AI tools from reading their content.   But that’s a drastic measure which could also exclude their results from conventional search engines.  Microsoft has just given publishers the option to block access by Bing Chat without also removing their content from search results.  We’ll see if competitors do the same.

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